Dave Dunwoody

Journalist/Producer

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 “played 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, Lucy, and Zoe. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and West Florida Argonauts football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and Pensacola Ice Flyers.  His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

examiner.com

Once again, blankets and other coverings are OK for use by the homeless who camp on Pensacola city property. But the debate continues over another part of the non-camping ordinance. 

City of Pensacola

The Pensacola City Council Thursday evening gave unanimous approval to an interlocal agreement with the Escambia County Commission, to help bring ST Aerospace and its 300 jobs to Pensacola International Airport. 

Alfred Washburn Center

At least two suspects are being sought in connection with the December fire that gutted the main building at the Alfred Washburn Center in Pensacola. 

ST Aerospace

The Pensacola City Council is expected to make a final decision Thursday evening, on a financial package to bring ST Aerospace – and at least 300 jobs -- to land adjacent to Pensacola International Airport.

City officials held a town hall meeting Tuesday night at the Vickery Center to explain the project and get feedback. Issues such as noise, traffic and environmental concerns were addressed by representatives from the city, the airport, and Bill Haffner -- Vice President of Operations for ST’s Mobile plant.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s proposed cuts to the Pentagon’s budget is aimed at reshaping the military post-Afghanistan. Many are taking a wait and see approach, while some lawmakers are gearing up to fight it.

This is the first such spending plan to fully reflect the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan, and the transition from the last 13 years of war – the longest conflict in U.S. history.

WUWF

The City of Pensacola's plate is full these days given the work to lure ST Aerospace, develop a fish hatchery downtown, a major change in a city ordinance, and upcoming elections. WUWF's Dave Dunwoody sat down recently with Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.

Escambia County Sheriff's Office

“Anything for a Buck,” launched in 2011 to take illegal guns off the streets of Escambia County, is among several stings run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that are now under investigation by the Justice Department.

FDLE

A Pace man faces child pornography charges, stemming from an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that began earlier this month.

Thirty-five-year-old Josh Herrin was arrested Thursday, after agents executed a search warrant at his residence on Tiburon Boulevard. Jeff Duncan at FDLE’s Pensacola office says their cyber-crime team conducted the investigation.

Offshore Inland

A Norwegian-based company has reached agreement with the City of Pensacola, to lease a warehouse at the Port downtown. Offshore Inland is no stranger to the Gulf Coast, with facilities in Mobile, Galveston and Port Freeport, Texas; Port Fourchon, Louisiana and Dos Bocas, Mexico. The firm plans to spend up to 12 million dollars to build the Pensacola operation.

The Offshore Inland facility is projected to generate $250,000 in annual revenues. About 100 high-wage jobs will be created, handling sub-sea exploration vessels, and making flexible pipe on property adjacent to the port.

Kay Forrest

An asteroid estimated to be three football fields in diameter flew by Earth earlier this week, missing our planet by “only” two million miles while traveling at roughly 27,000 miles per hour. Many consider the two million mile cushion a “close call.” Wayne Wooten, an astronomer at Pensacola State College, is not among them.

“Really far away,” says Wooten. “I think why this one got publicity when we actually had a bigger one come a lot closer just three or four days earlier was because it had been lost and then recovered. But this is not too unusual. These are small bodies.”

The deadline for public comment on 44 projects scheduled for Early Restoration Funding from BP is Wednesday. Environmentalists and public officials are calling on Gulf Coast residents to weigh in. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with Keith Wilkins, the Director of Community and Environment for Escambia County.

U.S. Navy

Naval Air Stations Pensacola and Whiting Field, Corry Station and Saufley Field are taking part in the annual “Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2014,” which kicked off Tuesday morning and runs through February 28th.

Harry White, the public information officer aboard NAS Pensacola, says it’s a force protection exercise aimed at enhancing the training and readiness of Navy security personnel, conducted at every naval installation in the continental United States.

The watchdog group Integrity Florida is out with a study of the Department of Economic Opportunity’s attempts to lobby the Legislature for one billion dollars through 2020. The cash would be used for movies, TV shows, video games and other entertainment industry productions.

Television’s “Burn Notice,” the movie “Dolphin Tale” and the Madden football video game are produced in Florida.

ST Aerospace

 

The Escambia County Commission and City of Pensacola are now on the same page of the hymnal, in funding the attempt to bring an aircraft maintenance company to Pensacola International Airport.

“Project Stallion” was the code name for the talks with ST Aerospace, which operates a facility in Mobile that employs about 1,500 people. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced in December that he had signed a Memorandum of Understanding – or MOU -- with ST Aerospace, capping two years of negotiations.

ricksblog.biz

The Pensacola City Council Thursday voted unanimously for an amendment to the homeless ordinance regarding “camping” on city property and the use of blankets and other covering while doing so.

The Council approved the ordinance last May, with strong backing from Mayor Ashton Hayward and his staff. Attorney Alistair McKenzie told the panel that the backlash from the ordinance has extended well beyond the city limits.

bbb.org

A “one ring” phone scam is being reported across the United States. The Better Business Bureau is alerting the public to this simple—yet extremely effective—ploy that can result in unauthorized charges on wireless statements.

Here’s how it works: automated dialers blast thousands of random calls to mobile numbers obtained from public listings or from black market dealers —who hustle “sucker lists”— the call disconnects after one ring.

wstribune.com

Although gas prices have remained relatively stable since the start of the year, Triple-A is predicting they will rise as spring approaches.

The auto club believes prices at the pump will rise to about three dollars-75 cents per gallon, a bit less than last year’s peak of 3.79. Spokeswoman Jessica Brady says motorists likely are facing a jump soon.  

fdle.gov

The head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told legislators Wednesday that the arrest of a former crime-lab chemist will lead to new precautions in handling drug evidence.

FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey gave the Senate Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice an update on Joseph Graves -- the Pensacola crime-lab chemist – who’s accused of compromising hundreds of state drug cases.

Graves is free on $290,000 bond, with arraignment set for February 25th in Escambia County Circuit Court.  More charges may still be pending.

weather.com

Unlike a couple of weeks ago when a winter storm glazed over the Pensacola area, Winter Storm Pax is concentrating on northern Alabama and Georgia. The storm is also being felt here.

More than 80 line personnel and support staff from Gulf Power Company departed on Monday, to help out fellow Southern Company utility Georgia Power. Pax is expected to dump as much as eight inches of snow and ice on the Atlanta area. Many of the Gulf Power crew members there now, got some practice here two weeks ago.

northescambia.com

Work is ongoing to clean up a load of phosphoric acid that spilled into Fletcher Creek during the January 28th train derailment near McDavid in mid-Escambia County.

Authorities say up to 30,000 gallons of the acid – which is used in various products, including foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals – leaked when three tanker cars plunged into the creek, which feeds into both Cotton Lake and the Escambia River.

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