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 and Pensacola Ice Flyers. His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

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Halloween is a fun time for both kids and adults, and a little preparation and caution can keep the holiday a safe one.

The first thing many think when they hear “Halloween” is “costumes.” Much thought and preparation go into them, whether they’re homemade or store-bought. But extra care should be taken when fitting children:

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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at two o’clock, when we “fall back” one hour. It’s also a good time to make sure your home is a bit safer. 

Introduced during World War I, Daylight Saving time became permanent in 1966, and expanded from March to November in 2007. The change, says Pensacola Fire Marshal David Allen, can be used to make sure smoke alarms are good to go.

Dave Dunwoody

  There’s been an arrest in connection with triple homicide that’s been dubbed “The Blue Moon Murders.”

Donald Hartung Sr., 58, was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the triple homicide on July 31, at a residents on Deerfield Drive.


   Just in time for Halloween, the Earth is getting a heavenly visitor – sort of.

NASA calls it “2015 TB145,” and it’s expected to miss the Earth narrowly as it travels through Orion Friday and Saturday. But Wayne Wooten, an astronomer at Pensacola State College, says “narrowly” – in this case about 300,000 miles -- is a relative term in the vast expanse of space.


A flash flood watch is in effect for the Florida Panhandle until 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, as heavy rain inundated the area on Monday.

A wind advisory also remained in effect through 7:00 p.m. Monday. The east-southeast winds are whipping up surf and causing a high risk of rip currents through tomorrow morning.

“During that time period we’re going to get most of the rainfall; 3-6 inches is possible,” said John Werner at the National Weather Service in Mobile. He adds that the main concerns are low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage which are prone to flooding.


  Another step is taken in funding projects in Escambia County, with RESTORE Act money from the BP oil spill.

Two waterway restoration projects top the preliminary list submitted to the Escambia County RESTORE Advisory Committee, involving City Creek and Eleven Mile Creek Stream.

“Information that was provided for the criteria for the selection of projects was given to the public; [and] an application form was provided for them to fill out online,” said Mike Hanson, Project Manager for the consulting firm Dewberry, which ranked and scored the proposals.

Dave Dunwoody

  The late Vince Whibbs was enshrined at Community Maritime Park on Saturday, with the unveiling of a statue honoring the seven-term Pensacola mayor and community leader.

Whibbs, who died in 2006, was a driving force behind the park’s development, along with the late Admiral Jack Fetterman, whose name adorns the field at Bayfront Stadium.

“When the vision for this park was formed, Vince Whibbs was right there in the middle of the process,” said Jim Reeves, who chairs the Community Maritime Park Board.


Students at Pensacola High School could win one thousand dollars for college, with a winning essay on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. The kickoff for the “Dream Builders Scholarship Fund” was held Friday morning at PHS.

In July, 1945, the cruiser Indianapolis steamed to the U-S air base at Tinian, to deliver parts for the atomic bomb that would fall on Hiroshima.

In our final Cold Case installment we meet Richard Hough – a criminal justice professor at the University of West Florida – who in 2007 began teaching a course on how to deal with such investigations.

Before turning to academics, Hough was a cop and a sheriff’s deputy. He says cases would go cold – although that term usually wasn’t used – for myriad reasons. When the leads ran out, he says something different had to be done.

In this installment of our report on cold cases, Dave Dunwoody speaks with a local agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement – who says part of their cold case work is “in the cards.”

Dennis Haley (named FDLE agent of the year for 2014) works in the Pensacola office. He says often they receive cold cases from police departments and sheriff’s offices that don’t have the time to follow up on them.

The University of West Florida’s out with its blueprint to transform downtown Pensacola’s Historic District into “Historic Pensacola.” The announcement was made at the Museum of Commerce downtown.

The plan was developed with help from Bill Haley Sharpe Design. It’s aimed at showcasing the historical and archeological assets within the 8.5 acre area that contains 28 properties.

NOTE: This series first aired in October, 2015.

Victims of crimes deal with the trauma of that experience in different ways but when there is no new information on a case it can be even more difficult.

A word of caution: some readers may find part of this story disturbing.

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Ten non-profit organizations will receive $106,000 each, from the local group Impact 100. The grants were announced last weekend, and mark the group’s distribution of more than $7 million since its inception in 2003.

Impact 100 President Cindy Warren says the awards are in five focus areas: Arts and Culture; Education, Environment Recreation and Preservation, Family, and Health and Wellness.

Note:  This series originally aired on WUWF in October.

 In the next second installment of our Cold Case series, Dave Dunwoody looks at how they’re handled by local law enforcement.

Most cold cases are homicide, which do not have a statute of limitations, that can be re-activated upon receipt of new information. But Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says strictly speaking, they don’t have a case that goes totally inactive.

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The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County is out with another mosquito-borne illness alert, after confirmation of two additional cases of West Nile virus.

That brings the total West Nile cases for this calendar year to four in Escambia County, and nine overall in Florida.

Dr. John Lanza is Director of FDOH in Escambia says this is the fourth consecutive year that West Nile has been located here, through the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile impacts different people differently, and can be mistaken for other ailments.