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. He's also served as Alabama Bureau Chief for United Press International, and a stringer for the Birmingham Post-Herald.

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 and dog Lili. Dave is also a passionate fan of Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons, and West Florida Argonauts football; the Atlanta Braves, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Pensacola Ice Flyers, and Tampa Bay Lightning.  His hobbies include comedy writing, guitar and computer sports games.

Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida

The coronavirus pandemic is changing life for individuals, businesses and charities in Pensacola — the latter including Ronald McDonald House at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital.

Opening in 1984 in a six-bedroom house, the facility has grown to a 26-bedroom complex that opened in 2010. Director of Development Summer Jimmerson says more than 10,000 families have been served.

“We have 26 bedrooms in the house, so anywhere from 55-70 people at any given time,” said Jimmerson, referring to normal conditions.

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With Memorial Day observances cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, we would like to offer an encore of the 2015 ceremony at Veterans Park in downtown Pensacola. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody was there.

Hundreds of people turned out that Sunday for the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Pensacola.

Veterans Park Foundation President Butch Hansen served as Master of Ceremonies for the program, which was held under some clouds with gusty winds, along with typical late spring temperatures well into the 80s.

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Government forecasters are predicting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season with the possibility of almost 20 named storms.

During a teleconference with the media Thursday Neil Jacobs, acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, said indications point to an above-average season from June 1 through Nov. 30 -- with the possibility of extreme activity.

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Escambia County’s blueprint to reopen short-term vacation rentals — with precautions for COVID-19 —has the blessing of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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Executive Order number 20-123 from Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked in on Monday, putting Florida in full phase one of the state’s reopening plan in the time of coronavirus. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson addressed the change during his Monday news conference.

“The executive order allows gyms and fitness centers to open at 50% capacity; and allows restaurants, retail, museums and libraries to increase to 50%,” said the mayor.

The mayor also was to have requested that DeSantis reopen gyms, but the executive order rendered that moot.

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The Saudi Air Force student who opened fire inside a classroom aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, was an operative for al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula. That’s the word from the Justice Department and the FBI.

Second Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani killed three U.S. servicemen and wounded 11 others before he was shot to death by Escambia County deputies on Dec. 6.  In a news conference Monday, Attorney Gen. Bill Barr said the key to why was accessing information from the student’s cellphone.

Baptist Hospital

Pensacola-area hospitals are beginning to gear up for a resumption of services that have been on hold since the coronavirus pandemic took root and spread.

After a six-week halt, Gov. Ron DeSantis green-lighted hospitals to resume elective surgeries on May 4, as part of his phase one to reopen the state.

“Which really, I think, is long overdue; that is going to really be important for health, safety and welfare of people,” said the governor. “It’s not like it’s a sea-change phase one; these are cautious steps, but I think they’re steps that we need to take.”

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Gov. Ron DeSantis is expanding Florida’s first phase of reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, by allowing a number of popular gathering places and entertainment venues to operate at twice the current capacity.

Speaking Friday in Jacksonville, the governor announced that restaurants and retail stores may expand from 25% to 50% capacity as of Monday.

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While there are no plans to close Palafox Street permanently to vehicles at this time, the ball is rolling on whatever the eventual decision will be for that, and other factors in the overall recovery game plan.

In his midweek Facebook chat on Wednesday, Mayor Grover Robinson talked about his Tuesday meeting with merchants around the area – including those on Palafox – to assess how to move forward in getting the local economy back on track.

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With another active hurricane season expected beginning June 1st, Florida emergency management officials are taking into account a massive new factor: the coronavirus.

Speaking last week in Sarasota, Gov. Ron DeSantis said it’s not known how the virus will react a month from now or three months from now; but we have to assume that it’s going to be with us in some capacity.

He added that they’re working with FEMA in preparing for the six-month season.

Florida Tech Athletics

The only other Division II football program in Florida, aside from UWF, is going the way of the leather helmet and single-wing.

Florida Tech is shutting it down because of the coronavirus after a seven-season run.

School President Dwayne McCay made the announcement Monday in Melbourne. In a public letter to the Florida Tech campus, he said “The unprecedented uncertainty created by COVID-19 makes these moves prudent, but no less painful.” He added that the school will remain open “and persevere.”

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On May 8 of each year, the city of Pensacola pays homage to Spain’s Bernardo de Galvez — who led a multi-cultural army that defeated the British in the Battle of Pensacola in 1781. But with the coronavirus and wildfires in the region, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports the day kind of flew under the radar.

“We didn’t get the chance to say it on Friday, Galvez Day, so we did have a chance to celebrate it,” said Mayor Grover Robinson. “We typically have a reenactment [and] some things we didn’t get a chance to do over at the [Galvez] statue on Palafox.”

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Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson says complying with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopen order is going to take some work and cooperation from city government, local merchants, and residents to keep all safe against COVID-19.

In perhaps the shortest-ever “Morning with the Mayor” — 19 minutes — Robinson spoke about closing Palafox Street to vehicular traffic on Mother’s Day. He and the First Lady visited the area, and had dinner there.

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Firefighters are hoping to hold containment lines around the Five Mile Swamp Fire near Milton, where winds are expected to shift on Friday.

Burning since midday Monday, the fire has scorched nearly 2,200 acres, forced hundreds of residents to flee, and razed at least 17 structures. Containment is about 35%, says Joe Zwierzchowski at the Forestry Service’s Blackwater office.

City of Pensacola

As part of Phase-1 of reopening businesses in Pensacola that were closed down by the coronavirus outbreak, merchants can get some advice on the limits under which they’re coming back.

“This service is provided as a courtesy of the city of Pensacola to the business community; you’re certainly welcome to contact the fire services,” said Mayor Grover Robinson, who in his weekly news conference read Executive Order 20-112 from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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