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 cat Callie. 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.

Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO

Two days after a tornado blasted through areas of Pensacola, the cleanup and rebuilding are shifting into high gear.

Escambia County’s Mobile Command Post remains operational in a shopping center parking lot at 9th Avenue and Olive Road:a short distance from The Moorings Apartments, where 30 units were destroyed.

“The biggest thing [Thursday] is going to be debris management and debris pickup. We’re trying to get information out to the public about separating their trash into four separate piles,” said county spokeswoman Amanda Taft.

Sandra Averhart

Governor Rick Scott met with local officials and the media on Wednesday, to discuss the aftermath of the twister that devastated some neighborhoods in Pensacola the previous night.

The Governor has issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties as a result of the tornado, which damaged more than 100 homes, in addition to the 24 apartments at the Moorings on Old Spanish Trail which were destroyed.

Michael Spooneybarger/ CREO

At least 13 tornadoes tore through the Deep South Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. One ripped through Pensacola, with some residents today beginning to pick up the pieces.

The numbers are staggering – some homes along Scenic Road were razed, as the twister touched down and ripped a path through along Interstate-10.

“Our preliminary estimates are that the [tornado’s] track was a path of two miles, from Northpointe Boulevard to Scenic Highway,” said Escambia County spokeswoman Joy Tsubooka.

Photo courtesy of NorthEscambia.com

Help is on the way for tornado victims in north Escambia County, through an executive order issued Monday by Gov. Rick Scott.

The Governor’s declaration comes after the Escambia County Commission declared a local state of emergency. Scott also met with Sheriff David Morgan last week aboard NAS Pensacola. Escambia County’s Safety Director Mike Weaver says this opens the door for possible additional funding to the county for housing assistance.

Jeb Bush Campaign

After collecting only eight percent of the vote in the South Carolina Republican Primary, Jeb Bush is now on the sidelines and the GOP presidential field is cut to five.

Bush announced the suspension of his campaign on Saturday, after finishing fourth in South Carolina, and after a similar finish in New Hampshire and sixth in the Iowa caucuses. The son and brother of former presidents entered the race to huge expectations. Some pundits even anointed him the Republican nominee before even one vote was cast. So what happened?

Levi Cowan / TropicalTidbits.com

Just over a week after a tornado and high winds inflicted damage on the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama, a repeat performance is on tap.

Damage assessment and cleanup continue in and around Century from last week’s twister, but those efforts may have to be put on hold beginning Tuesday afternoon. Jack Cullen at the National Weather Service in Mobile points to another strong, upper-level storm system.

Dave Dunwoody

The next step in efforts to get Amtrak service back to Pensacola rolled into the city Friday morning, and the crowd greeting the “Inspection Train” appeared to be part pep rally and part revival meeting.

On a chilly but otherwise “Chamber of Commerce” day, the train made its entrance from the west, where it had originated Thursday in New Orleans. There to greet it was a crowd – some in period costumes – in front of what was the Amtrak station before service was ended 12 years ago.

Steve Hayes, the President of Visit Pensacola, and served as Master of Ceremonies

Photo courtesy of NorthEscambia.com

Helping hands are busy in Century, for residents impacted by Monday’s EF-3 tornado.

A steady stream of people have been coming into the Century Community Center to register with the American Red Cross. Among them is Doug Lewis; he and his wife Shirley lost their wood frame house where they’ve lived for 44 years.

“And I saw it coming, and I hollered, said ‘Get in the hallway’ and that’s where we stood,” said Lewis. “And from the time I left the dining room window until we got into the hallway it seemed like only five minutes – then it was all over.”

Courtesy of NorthEscambia.com

The numbers are coming in from Monday’s tornado that hit Century and McDavid. Relief efforts are also being ramped up.

Yes, it was a tornado.

“We’ve given it a preliminary rating of EF3, because of some damage in and around the Century area,” said Doug Butts at the National Weather Service in Mobile. “The way the damage rating system works is that if you have one or two spots of EF3-worthy damage, then the whole track is EF3.

Photo courtesy of NorthEscambia.com

With a little help from their friends, Century residents hit by Monday’s severe storm are beginning to pick up the pieces. An investigation is also underway.

Up to 50 homes and businesses were either damaged or outright destroyed by the winds, which is believed to have been a tornado that touched down in a wooded neighborhood near U.S. 29.

Dosh says commercial and not-for-profit organizations are out working to complete damage assessments, as are the county, Town of Century and various agencies.

Photo courtesy of NorthEscambia.com

Century residents hit by Monday’s severe storm are beginning to pick up the pieces. An investigation by the National Weather Service is also underway.

Up to 50 homes and businesses were either damaged or outright destroyed by the winds, which is believed to have been a tornado that touched down in a wooded neighborhood near U.S. Highway 29.

John Dosh, Escambia County’s Emergency Manager, says commercial and not-for-profit organizations are out working to complete damage assessments.

Photo courtesy of NorthEscambia.com

A storm packing a suspected tornado razed at least 30 homes in Century, along with downing power lines and trees Monday afternoon. One woman was dug out of the rubble of her home, and is said to have non-life-threatening injuries.

“We always hate to hear of this type of event occurring, but it does happen periodically in our part of the world, We’re just very, very fortunate that we didn’t lose anybody in this event,’ said John Dosh, Escambia County Emergency Manager.

Photo via Flickr// Mike Mozart / https://flic.kr/p/nPpf9p

Travelers over the Valentine’s Day weekend no doubt also fell in love with the lowest gasoline prices in seven years.

The national average for self-serve regular is around $1.70 per gallon, 55 cents lower than a year ago.

“I don’t think anybody’s too upset about it, except maybe those in the oil industry,” says Mark Jenkins at AAA South in Tampa.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Bob Dekle -- the man who prosecuted serial killer Ted Bundy’s final murder charge -- spoke of the experience at the University of West Florida Wednesday night.

Ted Bundy escaped custody in late 1977 while awaiting trial in the death of a young Colorado woman. He made his way to Florida where in January, 1978, he murdered two women at Florida State University’s Chi Omega sorority house.  A few days later he kidnapped and murdered 12-year-old Kimberly Leach in Lake City -- his youngest and final victim.


Three major bridge projects in the Pensacola area are underway, including replacement of the 56-year-old span linking Pensacola to Gulf Breeze.

Construction began last September on two of the projects. Ian Satter at the Florida Department of Transportation says one involves the widening of, and improvements to, the Escambia Bay Bridge on Interstate-10.