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.

CDC

Senator Bill Nelson is filing legislation that would provide the $1.9 billion that President Obama says is needed to fight the spread of the Zika virus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 358 Zika cases in the United States as of Tuesday. Agency Director Thomas Frieden recently told Fox News that their largest concern is how Zika may affect pregnant women.

United States District Court

Repairs to the federal courthouse in downtown Pensacola have moved a step closer to reality in Congress.

On Wednesday the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved $30 million for repairs and upgrades to the 19-year-old facility, which has been vacated due to water damage, mold and other health and safety issues.

Court staff, the U.S. Marshal’s and Attorneys offices, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff were forced to re-locate to the nearby Winston E. Arnow Building, and other downtown locations.

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This is “Spring Aboard” week, as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission encourages boaters to enroll in a boating education course.

According to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, figures from 2014 show the level of operator education was known, 82% of boating deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had never received any boating instruction.

It’s a simple concept, says Brian Rehwinkle at FWC; an educated boater is a safer boater.

Dave Dunwoody

After weeks of speculation, State Sen. Greg Evers says he will run for Congress, rather than seek re-election to a third term in the Florida Senate in the re-vamped districts.

During his 11-minute address before a handful of supporters and the media at the Riverwalk in downtown Milton, The 60-year-old Republican from Baker touched on his opposition to current immigration reform proposals, Obamacare, and what he calls a broken federal government.

Florida’s 67 public school districts are getting ready to implement a new, wide-ranging education bill signed into law this week. Two provisions – school choice and athletic free agency – are getting most of the attention.

At 160 pages, House Bill 7029 is nearly three times as large as the original version, and was approved on the final day of the legislative session. It’s a “train bill,” meaning it contains most or all of at least a dozen other education-related measures.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Spring football practice at the University of West Florida wrapped up Saturday, with the inaugural Blue-White Spring game on campus.

More than 2,000 fans sat in folding chairs and temporary bleachers – some even tailgating – on embankments around University Park Field to watch the more than 90 Argonaut players go through their paces under mostly cloudy, windy conditions, and 70-degree temperatures.

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Two meteorologists at Colorado State University are out with their 33rd annual hurricane and tropical storm prediction.

Their verdict: a near-average season that begins June 1.

Look for a dozen named storms during the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, five of which will develop into hurricanes, according to Philip Klotzbach and William Gray. Speaking at a conference in January, Klotzbach said one question is whether we’re moving out of the latest “active era.”

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Work is scheduled to get underway in the next few days, on restoring parts of Navarre Beach, by pumping sand from the Gulf of Mexico.

The firm Weeks Marine has been contracted to dredge and place 1.3 million cubic yards of sand onto the beach. Santa Rosa County Engineer Roger Blalock says the work will stretch from the border of Gulf Islands National Seashore to the west -- through Navarre Beach Marine Park to the east.

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In case you missed the first one, another lifeguard tryout is scheduled for April 30 by the Santa Rosa Island Authority.

Candidates are asked to be at the UWF Aquatic Center a little before 1:00 p.m. on that Saturday, to fill out the paperwork for a possible spot at Pensacola or Johnson Beaches.

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Just days after a customer at a Gainesville coffee shop called out Rick Scott, the Governor’s political action committee has fired back with its own video.

Last week, Scott and his entourage went into the Starbucks, where Cara Jennings was on her laptop. Upon seeing the Governor, Jennings unloaded.

“You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” said Jennings. “You’re an a***ole. You don’t care about working people, you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Minor league Baseball

More than five thousand people crowded into Bayfront Stadium on a Thursday night in April, 2012, to welcome minor league baseball back to Pensacola. This story originally aired for the first Blue Wahoos opening night.

The crowd ranged from elected officials and business leaders to fans in Pensacola Blue Wahoo caps, shirts and other regalia. The pristine new stadium was ready, as were the employees who will work all 70 home games.

The deadline to qualify for the First District House seat being vacated by Cong. Jeff Miller isn’t for a couple of months, but there are questions swirling around one possible candidate.

“At this point in time I’m still talking with the people I represent, because their interest is my utmost concern,” said State Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker). Evers has been among those mentioned as potential candidates to succeed Miller, who’s stepping down after eight terms. Evers is also being mentioned as a candidate for other offices.

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As the spring and summer boating seasons in Florida get underway, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is kicking off the “Wear It Florida” campaign, to encourage more use of personal floatation devices, i.e. life jackets.

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Registration is underway for Escambia County’s volunteer pre-kindergarten program.

Seventy-one locations across Escambia will provide VPK beginning in August for kids who turn four years old on or before September 1. Most are privately-run, with 14 in the public school district, where Melanie Perritt is the Teacher on Special Assignment for Pre-k.

“We serve around 540-plus students,” said Perritt. “We have 32 classrooms, collaborative classrooms with Head Start students, migrant students, ESE [Exceptional Student Education] students, and of course our VPK Title-1.”

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Gov. Rick Scott signed two bills ceremoniously in Pensacola Thursday, aimed at making Florida even more military and veteran friendly.

House Bill 7023 qualifies additional service members for an ad valorem tax exemption while deployed overseas. Both that, and Senate Bill 222, were sponsored by Niceville state Sen. Don Gaetz.

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