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.

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The University of West Florida heads into its third year as the second-ranked Division-II team in the nation, in the preseason top 25 poll from American Football Coaches Association. The team held its annual Football Media Day on Wednesday.

Texas A&M Commerce – who beat the Argos 37-27 in the Division II title game last December – sits atop the poll. Minnesota State, Indiana (Pa.), and Fort Hays State round out the top five. From the Gulf South Conference, UWF is joined by West Alabama at number 12 and 19th ranked West Georgia.

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Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for parts of southwest Florida, which are dealing with a toxic algae bloom. Meanwhile, officials in the Panhandle are watching the situation.

The pungent algae bloom began in October and at this point, stretches about 150 miles from Naples in the south to Anna Maria Island in the north and appears to be moving northward. The algae has killed tons of marine life, including dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.

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Early voting for the August 28 primary is getting underway this week, with some counties kicking off earlier than others.

Eighteen counties, including Santa Rosa, opened their venues on Monday. Elections Supervisor Tappie Villane says voters can cast their ballots at one of four locations.

“We have our main office here in Milton; Pace Community Center, South Service Center down by the zoo in Gulf Breeze, and also the Tiger Point Community Center,” said Villane. “Eight-thirty to 4:30, and it will run through August the 25th.”

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Santa Rosa and Okaloosa are among eight Florida counties in line to receive funding from the 'BearWise' program, to help reduce conflicts between bears and humans.

Bear populations in the state were up in 2015, the latest figures available from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), compared to the last estimate taken in 2002. There were roughly 120 bears in the western Panhandle of Florida – a 50 percent increase -- and nearly 1,100 in the eastern Panhandle – up 86 percent.

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It appears the Atlantic hurricane season may be less active than previously thought. But those living along the coast should not let down their guard.

NOAA — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — is out with its updated outlook of nine to 13 named storms, including four to seven hurricanes. Up to two hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 mph. Gerry Bell with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says the reduction was made for three basic reasons.

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More than 400 fire departments across Florida are getting help in reducing the cancer rate inside the Fire Service.

Nationwide, 70 percent of firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2016 passed away from cancer, according to data from the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis – who’s also the state’s fire marshal -- says the cancer rate among firefighters runs 15 percent higher than the general population, and involves all types of the disease.

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After three years on the job, Eric Olson has stepped down as Pensacola City Administrator. The announcement was made late Friday afternoon, four months before the end of the Ashton Hayward administration. 

The written statement from Hayward gives no details; calls to the Mayor and to Olson seeking comment have not been returned.

Hired as an assistant administrator upon his retirement from the Navy – Olson was named administrator in 2015 – the third person to hold that job in the Hayward administration, after Tamara Fountain and Colleen Castille.

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In our final visit with candidates for Mayor of Pensacola, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody speaks with broadcasting executive David Mayo.

While this is Mayo’s first attempt at public office, he’s a familiar face with a number of civic organizations – and as General Manager of WHBR TV33 since the station went on the air in 1986.

“There’s just, I suppose, an insatiable desire to serve, and try to make a difference in each life I can come across,” said Mayo. “Help them overcome their life’s’ challenges and their adversities, which we all have.”

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Florida’s 17th back-to-school holiday is now underway. As of 12:01 Friday morning, eligible items will be exempt from sales tax until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

“It’s probably one of the [bills] that passes 116-0 or 114-0; hard to imagine somebody voting against this bill, when these tax holidays come up, especially back to school. Anything that gives some broad relief to families is a big deal.”  said outgoing state Rep. Clay Ingram, who’s also President and CEO of the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce.

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A proposed constitutional amendment to ban greyhound racing in Florida is no longer on the November 6 ballot.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers sided with greyhound owners and breeders, who argue that the impact of Amendment-13 from the Constitutional Revision Commission would go far beyond the description given to voters.

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In our next visit with those running for Pensacola Mayor, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with City Councilman Brian Spencer – the sixth and final piece of the candidate puzzle.

Spencer announced his decision in mid-June not to run for re-election to the Council’s District-6 seat after serving for eight years. Ten days later, he qualified for the Mayor’s race, which was thrown open by Ashton Hayward’s decision not to seek a third term.

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam brought his run for governor to Pensacola on Friday.

Putnam met with supporters at a packed Scenic 90 Cafe,  repeating his “Florida First” mantra and reminding everyone of the differences between him and his challenger for the Republican nomination, Cong. Ron DeSantis – who’s a frequent guest on Fox News Channel.

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One of the major Democratic candidates to enter the Florida governor’s race is hoping to parlay his run into becoming the first in his party to occupy that chair in two decades.

Thirty-nine-year-old Chris King is an Orlando native and entrepreneur. For the last dozen years, he’s been involved with an organization he founded -- Elevation Financial Group – which provides affordable housing to seniors and families.

That, in turn, led to his decision to run for governor.

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Jonathan Green is the second-youngest in the six-member field for Pensacola Mayor, and one of two African-Americans seeking the post. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody recently spoke with Green about his candidacy.

Jonathan Green is wearing many hats at 31 years of age; educator, social worker, activist, and a law school graduate.

“I do have a law degree; I don’t have the license to actually practice law, but that was intentional as I went to law school,” says Green. “To learn the legal system so that way, I could see how to best help people and apply it on more of a practical level.”

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Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward has the green light to begin talks with a Washington State-based firm, to set up shop at the Port of Pensacola.

Incoa Performance Minerals of Walla Walla is a mining, manufacturing and logistics company, offering a full lineup of calcium carbonate products. The firm wants to move into Warehouses nine and 10 at the Port, and acquire six and a half acres of adjacent land for development.

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Former Miami Beach Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine was in Pensacola Thursday, speaking to the Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club. Before that, he sat down with WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody.

An entrepreneur, Levine started Onboard Media -- a port-marketing program for the cruise industry, which eventually expanded to 85 stateroom magazines and television. Onboard merged with Starboard Cruise Services before Levine sold it in 2000. Then he went into politics, running for mayor of Miami Beach.

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Naval Air Station Whiting Field near Milton is marking 75 years as one of the major training bases for student pilots from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. 

Base Commander Capt. Paul Bowdich welcomed the gathering to the cake-cutting ceremony on Monday morning, the server using a Navy cutlass for slicing.

“July 16th, 1943 Naval Air Station Whiting Field was established, commissioned; what a great day. We’ve survived 75 years and now we’re working on the next 75 years,” said Bowdich, as the cake was being sliced using a Navy cutlass.

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As part of getting ready for the 2018 election cycle, election officials in Florida have received training from the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports.

The Center taught the courses in Tallahassee, Miami, Orlando and St. Augustine last month.

“[An election] is an ongoing target; it’s a very fast-moving field. Every breach that occurs, every new threat that comes up, has a little bit of a different twist to it,” says Eman El-Sheikh, Director of the UWF Center for Cybersecurity.

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With the August 28 primary looming, candidates for local and statewide offices are ratcheting up their campaigns. In the first of a two-part report, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody looks at the grassroots races.

Fifty-two candidates are on the ballot for 21 seats in Escambia County government and the judiciary. Much of the attention will be on the higher-profile races – Pensacola Mayor and City Council, along with the Escambia County Commission.

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In second and final part of our report on the August 28 primary ballot we look at the statewide races, which are expected to be the usual knock-down drag-out affairs.

Gov. Rick Scott is termed out, and there’s a fairly crowded field in the race to succeed him. Seventeen candidates – Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, other third parties, and those with no party affiliation – are in the crowded ballot.

But while many are running, few are considered to be serious candidates.

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