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.

Gulf Power Company

Gulf Power Company is considering a rate hike request aimed at bolstering its energy infrastructure. But for now, nothing is definite.

No concrete numbers are available as yet, but it’s believed any such request would be in the $115 million to $125 million range.

“What we did, is sent a letter to the Public Service Commission, letting them know that we may seek an increase later this year. But it’s an increase that wouldn’t go into effect until the summer of 2017,” said Jeff Rogers, the utility’s External Communications Manager.

Plans to begin ferry service between downtown Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Fort Pickens are still set for next spring, but have been pushed back a few weeks. 

Next March was the original target date to launch the two boats and the triangular routes, but Dan Brown, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, says some of the components of the service are meeting some challenges and delays.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

It’s not Pensacola’s hottest destination, but the closed U.S. District Courthouse downtown is getting its fair share of attention from members of Florida’s congressional delegation.

One month after Sen. Marco Rubio inspected the building’s mold and water damage that led to its closing last year, Cong. Jeff Miller and U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas were escorted by Presiding Judge Casey Rodgers.

“Fortunately, the General Services Administration now seems poised to do what it should have done many years ago, and that is to repair the courthouse,” said Rodgers.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Of the eight Republicans seeking the Congressional seat in Florida’s First District, the lone woman in the race is a ninth-generation Pensacolian. 

Rebekah Bydlak was homeschooled kindergarten through grade 12 and entered Pensacola State College at the age of 16, earning a master’s degree in political science and public administration from the University of West Florida. She currently works as a taxpayer advocate with the group The Coalition to Reduce Spending.

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The American Red Cross has sent a legion of volunteers and vehicles to flooded Louisiana, for what the organization calls the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since 2012’s SuperStorm Sandy.  

“All across south Louisiana, and it has presented tremendous challenges to everyone. But I’m very proud of the effort that we’re making,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards after a helicopter tour of the hardest-hit areas. 

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  Two weeks before their first football game, the University of West Florida Argonauts hold the first of two full scrimmages Friday evening. 

A couple of days before the live scrimmage, “live” meaning full speed with full pads, the new program held its first pre-season media day. 

Photo via Flickr//Steve Cornelius / https://flic.kr/p/dqv6XU

  Escambia Supervisor David Stafford says hours for six of the seven locations are nine a.m. until six p.m. The seventh, the Supervisor’s main office, closes an hour earlier.

“We looked at data, particularly from some other counties and also compared it to ours, and noted that counties that open a little bit later in the morning and stayed open a little bit later in the evening got more bang for their buck in that final hour,” said Stafford.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

For Republican James Zumwalt, seeking the Florida District-1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is a continuation to his service to country.

If you served in the U.S. Navy in the 1970s and early 1980s and were allowed to have a beard, you have James Zumwalt’s grandfather to thank. Admiral Elmo Zumwalt was Chief of Naval Operations from 1970 to 1974.

Photo via Flickr//Steve Cornelius / https://flic.kr/p/dqv6XU

Early voting in Santa Rosa County for the August 30 primary kicked off Monday, for voters wanting to avoid the Election Day crush at the polls. 

Santa Rosa County is definitely one of the reddest in Florida. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a nearly three-to-one margin, 75,000 to 26,000. Minor party and no party affiliation also surpass Democrats, at nearly 27,000.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Santa Rosa Beach businessman Mark Wichern is among eight Republicans who want to succeed retiring Cong. Jeff Miller from Florida’s 1st House District. 

Wichern, a native of Cincinnati, has been a Floridian for the past two decades, first coming to the Sunshine State as a minor league pitcher. He ran for Miller’s seat in 2014 as a No Party Affiliation [NPA] candidate. This time around, he’s seeking the GOP nomination.

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At the midway point of the 2016 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean, forecasters are adjusting the numbers on the odds of an active season. They now expect the strongest season since 2012. 

Gerry Bell, lead forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, says the outlook now calls for 12 to 17 named storms, 5 to 8 expected to develop into hurricanes and of those, 2 to 4 Category-3 or stronger.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Twenty-three days before its first-ever game, the University of West Florida football team opened fall camp on Thursday. 

More than 120 players, along with coaches, went through their paces in a driving rain, on University Field’s artificial turf. 

“I feel good about our pace, our tempo, guys were eager to get out here, they were excited about what we were doing,” said Argos Head Coach Pete Shinnick. “And that’s what you’re looking for.”

  Figures released by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office last week show a 14 percent drop in the number of domestic violence incidents in the county from mid-2015 to mid-2016. 

Back in the day, about 60 years ago, the thought of a man hitting his wife was actually funny to some, if the man was Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden on “The Honeymooners,” threatening to use his fist to send his wife Alice “to the moon.”

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Escambia County Health Director Dr. John Lanza spoke to the Pensacola Rotary Club Tuesday on the Zika virus and the fight against it. 

Lanza began his midday remarks at New World Landing downtown with a confession.

“This is a standard, Department of Health community Power Point that I have given many times before,” Lanza said. “So if you think there’s going to be some big scoop or something or other – there isn’t.”

  Residents and businesses from Pensacola to Tampa are being urged to prepare for heavy rainfall and possible flooding through the end of this week.

At this time, the National Weather Service in Mobile is forecasting nine to 12 inches of rain along the western Florida Panhandle into coastal Alabama.

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