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.

Twenty-one residents and three businesses in the North Hill area of Pensacola are suing Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, over plans to build sewage storage tanks on North Palafox Street property.

Plaintiff attorney Erick Mead says the lawsuit carries three basic courses of action – first, a motion for a temporary injunction, possibly as soon as mid-April.

Plans to improve the Pensacola landing of the new Bay Bridge will be on display Tuesday evening.

The meeting at New World Landing downtown will introduce the project, go over the design process and gather public input. And, according to Ian Satter at the Florida Department of Transportation, clear up any confusion.

“This meeting is for the U.S. [Highway] 98 at Bayfront Parkway at 17th Avenue intersection,” Satter says. “It has nothing to do with the Pensacola Bay Bridge project. This is a completely separate study that we’re conducting.”

Florida’s unemployment rate took another dive, from 5.1% in January to 4.9% last month, according to the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Similar drops were seen in the western Panhandle.

That 4.9 figure translates to 484,000 jobless Floridians, out of a 9.8 million member labor force. It also equals the national figure and it’s at an eight-year low.

DEO Director Cissy Proctor says the lone sector with job loss over the past year is information. But, Proctor says there was a bit of a comeback in that area from January to February.

Two weeks after Cong. Jeff Miller announced he would not seek a ninth term in the House, there are now five candidates for the seat: four Republicans and one Democrat.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Fort Walton Beach, represents the 4th District in the Florida House. While qualifying for the August 30 primary isn’t until the week of June 20, Gaetz said last week that he would make a quick decision on entering that race, which he did this week.

Beginning August 1, all tobacco and related products will be prohibited on the University of West Florida campus.

UWF will join about 1,100 campuses nationwide, including 26 across Florida,  in going tobacco and smoke-free. Patsy Barrington in the Exercise Science and Community Health Department says work on the policy began a couple of years ago.

“The reason it came about is because a campus-wide policy did not exist,” said Barrington. “There were policies in certain areas on campus. The Commons had a policy, but nothing that addressed campus-wide.”

If it’s tax season, then it’s also time for scammers to pose as employees of the Internal Revenue Service. The Better Business Bureau has some tips on fighting back.

Tax-related scams cost victims more than $23 million per year, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  Reports have reached TIGTA of almost 900,000 scam contacts over the past two and a half years. Just this year, the IRS has seen a 400% increase in phishing schemes.

UWF Athletics

Spring drills opened Tuesday morning for UWF football, five and a half months away from the Argonauts’ first-ever game.

Ninety-two players assembled in the early morning with temperatures in the 40s, to begin the first of 15 practices leading up to the Blue-White spring game on April 16.

It’s a bit different from last spring, when nine players were eligible to practice on the intramural field in shorts and T-shirts. This year, the drills are on the brand-new artificial turf facility in full uniform.

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Two performances into the 2016 season, the Blue Angels returned to Pensacola Monday, to celebrate the squadron’s 70th birthday.

The crowd gathered in the atrium at the Naval Aviation Museum welcoming the Blues, their wives, and their children back to Pensacola. There followed proclamations from the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, and base commander Capt. Keith Hoskins – himself a former Blue Angel.

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Two shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay off Emanuel Point, from Tristan de Luna’s 1559 fleet, now have state recognition through an historical marker dedicated Friday morning.

The Emanuel Point Shipwrecks Marker includes descriptive text in both English and Spanish.

Considered a major archeological find, the two ships that sank during a hurricane, about five weeks after landing on what’s now Santa Rosa Island, have yielded a treasure trove of information about 16th century colonial expeditions, life aboard ships and naval architecture.

Florida House of Representatives

Qualifying is still three months away, but the jockeying for position to run for the U.S. House’s District-1 seat is beginning to get underway.

When Republican Jeff Miller announced last week he would not seek a ninth term, the names of potential candidates began flying about. One of those was Don Gaetz, who’s being term-limited out of the Florida Senate.

Republican Marco Rubio ended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president Tuesday night, after a humiliating loss in his home state of Florida.

Billionaire Donald Trump took Florida and its 99 delegates, with a 46-27% win over Rubio. Ted Cruz was third with 17% with John Kasich – who won his home state of Ohio over Trump – with only 7%.

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Three hundred and fifty eight delegates are up for grabs in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina, as voters go to the polls for those states’ presidential primaries. For one presidential candidate, the Florida vote is “make or break.”

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio needs a win in his home state to shore up his diminishing campaign for the Republican nomination. He trails Donald Trump by double digits in recent polls in Florida, whose 99 delegates are winner-take-all.

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The aftermath of a disaster, terrorist attack or public health emergency can be lengthy, and the resulting trauma can affect even those not directly affected.

Two strong tornadoes – EF-3s – ripped through Century and Pensacola eight days apart – on February 15 and 23. Nobody died and there were only a handful of minor injuries. But the emotional toll for many – especially those losing homes and property – could linger for a long time to come.

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Residents across the Florida Panhandle are getting out of the house, cleaning up the yard, and burning the debris. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports the Florida Forest Service is out with its annual reminder, that this is the driest time of the year -- meaning the most wildfire-friendly.

So far this year, 543 wildfires across Florida have scorched almost 14,000 acres, according to FFS.

Tony Giberson, Pensacola News Journal

Marco Rubio bought his presidential campaign to Pensacola Saturday night, just three days ahead of the crucial – for him – Florida Republican primary.

Due to inclement weather, the rally was moved from the Fish House Restaurant to Palafox Wharf, the former Mr. Manatee’s building. Along those waiting in line in the rainy, windy conditions was Dee Walker from Niceville.

“[Rubio] seems to be the most honest, and I’m really go with all of his policies,” said Walker. “He impresses me very much.”

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