Dave Dunwoody

Journalist/Producer

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, Atlanta Falcons, and West Florida Argonauts football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and Pensacola Ice Flyers.  His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

Escambia County

Selecting a new Escambia County Administrator will take a bit longer. Instead of making the decision Friday, the County Commission voted 5-0 to put it off until April 3rd.  

For three and a half hours Thursday, the Escambia County Commission listened to its five finalists to succeed the late George Touart. Beforehand, Chairman Lumon May once again criticized the selection process conducted by the Dallas-based head-hunting firm Waters Consulting.

Robert Marbut, who has spent three decades working on homeless issues, visited Pensacola Wednesday and conducted a Community Forum on Homelessness sponsored by the City.

Speaking in the City Council Chambers, Marbut outlined his work with dozens of cities, and his involvement in establishing Haven for Hope in his hometown of San Antonio -- where homelessness has dropped by around 85 percent.

Escambia County

 

 Whoever is the choice for the Escambia County Administrator position will have to wait a bit longer before finding out. The County Commission held a series of private and public interviews with the five candidates on Thursday.

Before the interviews, Chairman Lumon May once again criticized the selection process conducted by the Dallas-based head-hunting firm Waters Consulting.

Florida Governor's Mansion

Flags  are at half-staff at all local and state buildings are flying at half-staff to mark the passing of former Florida Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew.  He died early this Thursday morning, March 13, at the age of 85. Last Saturday, Askew had been admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare to be treated for aspiration pneumonia. His condition worsened when he also suffered a stroke.

Governor Askew was the 37th Governor of Florida, and the first Governor to be elected to a second, successive four-year term in Florida history.

Candidates for Escambia County Administrator are in Pensacola this week for a series of meetings and interviews.

The selection process with the five finalists were re-scheduled from late January, when a rare winter storm hit the Pensacola area. In all, 20 applicants were submitted to a local search committee by the Dallas-based firm Waters Consulting.

Committee Chairman Dave Pavlock says nothing really jumped out from the collected resumes, as they worked to determine the best candidates for the job.

Robert Marbut, a 30-year veteran of working on homeless issues, is the featured speaker this afternoon at a Community Forum on Homelessness sponsored by the City of Pensacola.

Marbut has worked with dozens of cities to reduce homelessness. He also led the Haven for Hope in San Antonio from concept to opening. After conducting a nationwide “best practices” study of homeless services, he developed the Seven Guiding Principles of Homeless Transformation, which have been adopted by a dozen communities.

Jamille Ellingson

Beginning Tuesday cohabitating unmarried adults, gay and straight, will be able to register as domestic partners with the City of Pensacola.

Ordinance number 41-13 was approved in December, setting up a Domestic Partnership Registry, or DPR, and providing registered domestic partners with various rights and benefits. Sponsored by Councilman Larry B. Johnson, the DPR will also be open to those who live outside the Pensacola city limits.

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New lighting at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola is being tested, ahead of a formal ceremony scheduled for later this month.

The new lights – which illuminate Wall South at the park are the first to be installed since before Hurricane Ivan in 2004.  

“It’s a moving experience to see those lights catch the names on the wall,” said Jack Brown, President of the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation which oversees operations at the park. “Because when they shine vertically up the Wall they don’t illuminate the black marble, they illuminate the engraving.”

NOAA

Forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean known as “El Nino” will provide a break for weather-weary Americans this year.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration issued an official El Nino watch Thursday. In a typical El Nino year, there’s a stronger flow of wind at the Jet Stream level, and a stronger Jet Stream over the southern U.S.

Jeff Garmon, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Mobile, says that can increase the potential for severe storms: tornados, severe thunderstorms, squall lines, things of that nature.

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  Depending on the school, spring break is either here or just around the corner. Many hitting the beach and other locales could end up victims of so-called “date rape” drugs or underage drinking. But there are ways to protect oneself.

Sneaking something into a drink to incapacitate someone is nothing new. “Mickey Finns” were around when our grandparents were on spring break.  Denise Manassa with the Community Drug and Alcohol Council (CDAC) in Pensacola, says these days date rape drugs are known as “roofies” among other names.

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Florida expects to be added to a multi-state federal lawsuit against BP over damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, after spending nearly three years unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter on its own.

The litigation was filed Wednesday in Panama City, by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The idea is to join the existing federal lawsuit now on trial in New Orleans.

After Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Governor Rick Scott was asked about the timing of entering the case.

Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott touted Florida's improving economy in his fourth State of the State Address, which also made a case for re-election as much as it laid out his plan for the final year of his first term.  Any doubts that the 30 minute speech would also serve as the unofficial kickoff to Gov. Scott’s re-election bid were dispelled right out of the gate. The Republican referred to the economy under predecessor Charlie Crist – without mentioning the former Republican who is now running for governor as a Democrat. “Florida was in a hole. Unemployment was around 11%,” said Scott.

Office of Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott will kick off the 2014 legislative session Tuesday by asking legislators to approve his tax cut package and by asking to keep tuition rates low. 

If gas prices are on the rise, we must be getting close to spring break. 

Lifeguards returned to the beaches of Santa Rosa Island and Perdido Key this weekend, and are preparing for spring breakers and the 2014 summer tourist season. 

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Once again, blankets and other coverings are OK for use by the homeless who camp on Pensacola city property. But the debate continues over another part of the non-camping ordinance. 

City of Pensacola

The Pensacola City Council Thursday evening gave unanimous approval to an interlocal agreement with the Escambia County Commission, to help bring ST Aerospace and its 300 jobs to Pensacola International Airport. 

Alfred Washburn Center

At least two suspects are being sought in connection with the December fire that gutted the main building at the Alfred Washburn Center in Pensacola. 

ST Aerospace

The Pensacola City Council is expected to make a final decision Thursday evening, on a financial package to bring ST Aerospace – and at least 300 jobs -- to land adjacent to Pensacola International Airport.

City officials held a town hall meeting Tuesday night at the Vickery Center to explain the project and get feedback. Issues such as noise, traffic and environmental concerns were addressed by representatives from the city, the airport, and Bill Haffner -- Vice President of Operations for ST’s Mobile plant.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed cuts to the Pentagon’s budget is aimed at reshaping the military post-Afghanistan. Many are taking a wait and see approach, while some lawmakers are gearing up to fight it.

This is the first such spending plan to fully reflect the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan, and the transition from the last 13 years of war – the longest conflict in U.S. history.

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