Dave Dunwoody

Assistant News Director

Dave came to WUWF in September, 2002, after 14 years as News Director at the Alabama Radio Network in Montgomery, Mobile and Birmingham and a total of 27 years in commercial radio. During that time, he also served as Alabama Bureau Chief for United Press International.

The Trion, Georgia native was news director at stations in Anniston, Scottsboro and Fort Payne in Alabama, where he also broadcast football, basketball and baseball play-by-play. Dave also “spun the hits” at rock and country music stations in Lafayette, Albany and Rome, Georgia and in Burlington, North Carolina.

During his time at WUWF, Dave has earned a B.A. in Communication Arts/Journalism at the University of West Florida (Class of 2012).  He’s married to the former Linda Shiell, a Pensacola native, and they live in Pensacola with their cats Gigi and Lucy. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Falcons football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Pensacola Ice Flyers, and Tampa Bay Lightning. His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

Sean's Outpost

A special magistrate hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon by Escambia County Environmental Enforcement, regarding the future of a recently-opened haven for the homeless.

Satoshi Forest is nine acres of swampland and woods that sit off Massachusetts Avenue in the Mayfair neighborhood of West Pensacola. Sean’s Outpost – a local outreach group – bought the land last summer and is allowing homeless people to camp there. Jason King, Sean’s Outreach founder, says the plan is to develop Satoshi into a viable homeless sanctuary.

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Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday morning kicked off its 100th anniversary celebration, by honoring one of the many Navy pioneers who helped put the installation on the map.

In his narration, Commander Dave Jasso said when Lt. Commander Henry Mustin anchored the USS Massachusetts in Pensacola Bay one of his crewmen, Ships Cook 4th Class Walter Leroy Richardson, was a photo enthusiast and began capturing aviation activities on film.

Naval Air Station Pensacola kicks off its Centennial Celebration on Friday, with the dedication of the base’s Command Headquarters.

This is actually the second 100-year observance aboard the base. The first was in 2011 – one of a series of branch-wide events commemorating naval aviation.

Harry White, the Public Information Officer at NAS, says when Lt. Commander Henry Mustin came down to begin the Navy’s aviation program, he brought with him Ship’s Cook 4th Class Walter Leroy Richardson – whose hobby, it turned out -- was photography.

H1N1 Appearing In Young Patients

Jan 15, 2014
NHSE

Normally the scourge of the very young and very old, complications from influenza are starting to attack those in between. For now, the main concern is over the H1N1 strain.

That particular strain has claimed two lives in Santa Rosa County: a 47-year-old man in Gulf Breeze and a 32-year-old woman in Pace. They normally would be exceptions to the rule but this year, H1N1 – also known as Swine Flu -- is showing up more in the young and healthy.

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Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday gave Carlos Lopez-Cantera a late 40th birthday gift, naming him the state’s new lieutenant governor. Lopez-Cantera replaces Jennifer Carroll, who resigned ten months ago.

Lopez-Cantera is no stranger to Tallahassee. Before his election as Miami-Dade Property Appraiser in 2012, he served eight years in the House. Lopez-Cantera chaired the Business Regulation and Government Affairs Committees, and was Majority Whip and then Majority Leader.  Scott says Lopez-Cantera’s political connections were key to his choice.

City Sued Over Restaurant Leases

Jan 15, 2014
Great Southern Restaurant Group

Unable to reach a settlement over leases for the city-owned Pitt’s Slip property, two businessmen are taking the City of Pensacola to court.

Seville Harbour Incorporated – owned by Ray Russenberger – holds the master lease for the property on which Collier Merrill’s Fish House Restaurant and Atlas Oyster Bar are located as Great Southern Restaurant Group. The city claimed that the eateries owed more than five million dollars in payments dating back to the year 2000 when the lease was first signed.

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Forecasters say the next round of winter weather for northwest Florida and south Alabama is on the way, with the coats and blankets to be kept out at least a few more days.

Don Shepherd at the National Weather Service in Mobile says when the rain moved out on Monday, so did the moderate temperatures that were enjoyed over the weekend.

Lows around freezing are on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, while daytime readings are not expected to go beyond the low 50s.

A citizens’ advisory committee has whittled down the list of candidates for Escambia County Administrator from 15. The next step is to bring them in for interviews later this month.

Twenty applicants had been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims told the Commission at its Committee of the Whole Meeting Thursday that the list is made up of the five, plus one alternate.

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Cleanup is continuing at a gas plant in Jay, after crude oil spilled from a holding pond early Thursday.

Three barrels of an oil and water mixture, 126 gallons, were released from the Quantum Resources Management facility. Some of it went into a nearby creek, and then into the Escambia River. 

Brandy Smith at the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Pensacola office says responders got the call around 6:30 Thursday morning.

Reuters

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is being sued over his decision to leave the post of lieutenant governor vacant for nearly ten months. A Tallahassee lobbyist and political activist is asking the Florida Supreme Court to force an appointment within 30 days.

Article-4, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution says: “There shall be a lieutenant governor, who shall perform such duties pertaining to the office of governor as shall be assigned by the governor, except when otherwise provided by law, and such other duties as may be prescribed by law.”

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The Santa Rosa County Commission is at odds with the company providing recycling services to the county. But a resolution could come as early as Thursday morning’s regular meeting.

County Attorney Angela Jones says the complaints – such as overflowing drop-off sites, unattended properties, and a 30 thousand dollar debt owed to the county – are considered violations of the five-year contract signed in 2012. County Administrator Hunter Walker concurred, but added that short of the county going back into the recycling business, they have no other choice.

Gulf Coast Council of Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America began allowing gay members under the age of 18 as of January 1st. While some groups have withdrawn their support, the impact on local scouting doesn’t appear to be that large for now.

Spencer Page at the Gulf Coast Council says nine charter partners, all of them religious groups and most of them independent churches, notified the Council just after the vote last May that they would be departing.

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  A five-year federal investigation of the Escambia County Jail was released in May, painting a bleak picture of the facility.

Exactly who would run the jail on September 1st – the original deadline -- was front and center at a Commission agenda review meeting in June. The main sticking point was a letter from Commissioner Grover Robinson to Sheriff David Morgan. Robinson said if running the jail was beyond Morgan’s capacity, he – Robinson – would be glad to relieve him of that duty.

On an 8-1 vote, the Pensacola City Council Thursday evening approved setting up a domestic partnership registry – or DPR – which will ensure a number of rights to hundreds of unmarried couples.
Sponsored by Councilman Larry B. Johnson, the DPR will be open to cohabiting, unmarried adults — both gay and straight — to register as domestic partners. Those who live outside the Pensacola city limits are also eligible.

A report by the left-leaning watchdog group Center for American Progress Action Fund ranks the best and worst counties in Florida for voting in last year's presidential election.  Meanwhile, local elections supervisors are firing back.  

Called "Florida's Worst Election Offenders," the study uses data from the U-S Elections Assistance Commission, divided up into nine factors, to gauge how well the state’s 40 most populous counties measured up.

City of Pensacola

Legal decisions and hospital visitation are among the rights currently not afforded to the nearly three thousand unmarried Pensacolians who cohabitate.

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As of Friday, November 1st, more than three and a half million food stamp recipients in Florida will see a reduction in that benefit. The initial reduction in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, comes with the end of the federal stimulus spending package which was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.

Daylight Saving Time began in the U-S during World War I, initially from April to October. It was expanded in 2007 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November for 48 of the 50 states. Arizona and Hawaii are the exceptions.        

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