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.


On Monday, Aug. 1, one of the nation's largest blood suppliers will begin testing its donations for the Zika virus.


OneBlood’s announcement on Thursday comes the same day that Florida health officials reported that a woman in Miami-Dade could be the state’s first Zika case who contracted the virus without traveling outside the continental United States. Later, a spokeswoman corrected the statement, saying that sexual transmission related to travel has not been ruled out.  

Dave Dunwoody

   U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Wednesday toured the U.S. District courthouse in downtown Pensacola, which remains closed because of mold and other health hazards.

Federal Judge Casey Rodgers took Rubio on a brief walk-through of the courthouse and afterward, said they’re moving toward what she hopes will be a resolution.

“This is not a partisan issue; access to justice and security for our judges and for our court personnel are a shared concern,” said Rodgers. “Senator Rubio has been very helpful in the past, Cong. [Jeff] Miller has been very helpful, Sen. [Bill] Nelson.”

City of Pensacola

  While many are excited about the design proposals for the new Pensacola Bay Bridge, one Pensacola City Council member is not among them. 

Along with serving on the Council, Brian Spencer is also an architect and developer. He views the bridge project in that light, as well as an interested observer.

“I’ve been able to travel to many different cities, both in the United States as well as abroad,” said Spencer. “And find more often than not, cities provide these bridges as a signature to a community, a district, or a city.”


  The Zika virus is here, it’s here to stay and there must be ways developed to minimize its damage to humans. That’s the theme of two presentations in the Florida Panhandle this week.

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio chaired a hearing on Zika last week in Washington, D.C. Sixty-five countries and territories have reported evidence travel-related Zika cases. Four countries are said to have possible endemic transmission.

Catholic HEART Workcamp

  More than 100 teenagers from around the country are in Pensacola this week, as part of the area’s inaugural Catholic HEART Workcamp. 

The original Workcamp began in Orlando in 1993 with 100 participants. It’s grown to more than 14,000 as of this year. Bringing a group to Pensacola was the dream of two Gulf Breeze residents, Julie Baltz and Courtney Fell. 

“My co-manager Julie Baltz was looking online for something along those lines 2-3 years ago for her kids to do,” said Fall. “And she wanted to do it locally.”

Skanska USA

  New York-based Skanska USA is a step closer to getting the contract to replace the current Pensacola Bay, also called Three Mile Bridge, that opened in 1960. 

Tentative approval was given Monday in Milton by a three-member committee of Florida Department of Transportation officials. At just under $399 million, Skanska bested four other firms. FDOT spokesman Ian Satter says it’s now on to the next step.

Lindsay Myers

  After weeks of wrangling, a representative of the Satanic Temple of Northwest Florida delivered the invocation at the Pensacola City Council meeting Thursday night. 

Council President Charles Bare gaveled the meeting into session. But as David Suhor, in a black hooded robe, prepared to give the invocation, members of the gallery began drowning him out with Christian prayers.

The Escambia County Commission met in special session Thursday morning, on the distribution of Local Option Gas Tax proceeds. This was the first round of talks, with the Pensacola City Council taking up the issue this evening.

On a 4-1 vote, the Commission approved a lengthy motion to send a letter to the Florida Department of Revenue, outlining the distribution to be 85.5 percent to the county; 6.99 percent to Pensacola, and 0.81 percent to Century for road and infrastructure projects over the next decade.

  The County Commission is expected to revisit debate on handing out revenue from the six-cent-per-gallon levy to the county, Pensacola, and the Town of Century for road paving and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“There’s been a formula between the city and county for a significant amount of time, and that formula every 10 years has to be renewed. We are at the time of that renewal,” said Escambia County Commission Chairman Grover Robinson. 

  As the 2016-17 school year approaches in Florida, two school districts in the western Panhandle are preparing some belt-tightening measures.

Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas calls the 2016-17 term a “status quo year,” including a on percent categorical increase from the state. Close tabs are being kept on the $350 million general operating budget.


Outgoing Cong. Jeff Miller appeared Monday with Donald Trump in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as the presumptive Republican nominee outlined a ten-point plan to improve the Veterans Administration.

One question being asked is: what's in it for Miller?


  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the effect the Brexit referendum had on the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates, an expected rise in employment and foreign home buying growing in the U.S., with Florida leading the way.


Minutes from the June Federal Reserve meeting released this week suggest that concerns about Brexit played a part in the Fed’s decision not to raise interest rates, but there were also other issues at play.


  New York-based Skanska USA is the low bidder for the contract to build the new Pensacola Bay Bridge. The official announcement is expected Monday morning.

At just under $399 million Skanska outbid Johnson Brothers Corporation by $69 million. Ian Satter with the Florida Department of Transportation says according to the formula used, Skanska is the apparent winner.


   Northwest Florida and south Alabama will continue to swelter this weekend, with the calls going out for residents to protect themselves.

You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know it’s hot and humid outside. But to confirm, here’s Steve Miller at the National Weather Service in Mobile.

“We are looking at heat indices topping out in the 100-105 degree range over most of the area, with a few spots seeing around 110,” said Miller, who added that the cause of the heat and humidity are relatively close by.


  Gulf Breeze is joining a host of other cities in equipping its police force with body cameras, after the City Council voted unanimously to purchase the devices.

Twenty-three body cams will be issued to full- and part-time officers. City Manager Buz Eddy says the $33,000 cost will be paid from the city’s Red Light Camera Program.

“It’s something that’s becoming the norm for police officers,” said Eddy. “Something that protects the officers and protects the public.”