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.

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Damage caused by runaway barges during Hurricane Sally – and what to do about it – will be discussed at a pair of forums this weekend.

About 30 construction barges owned by Skanska USA broke loose from the new Three Mile Bridge site during the storm, not only damaging the bridge but also private property when 22 of them washed ashore or struck other vessels.

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Older residents in Escambia County lined up at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola on Wednesday, to get their first COVID-19 vaccination in the two-shot Moderna protocol.

On a sunny, chilly day the line formed outside the church’s activities center. It was appointment-only, and they filled out the paperwork as they waited and inched forward towards the basketball courts that housed the check-in, the vaccinations and the check-out.

The event also played host to a number of state officials, including Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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The checks and direct deposits are going out for the new, $600 COVID relief payments, with more possible from the new Biden administration. And that means scammers are not too far behind.

“It doesn’t take long for something to come out in the public that scammer’s going to take advantage of it and try to get money out of somebody who is just trying to get by,” said Tammy Ward at the Better Business Bureau in Pensacola.

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In his first virtual news conference of 2021, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinin disclosed his bout with COVID-19 during the holidays. Meantime, statewide vaccine distribution in Florida is beginning to ramp up.

Robinson announced that he was exposed to the coronavirus four days before Christmas by his son, who unknowingly brought it with him from law school.

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The 2020 election cycle saw an exodus of officeholders deciding to step down, rather than seek another term. Among them is Bill Eddins, the State Attorney for the 1st Judicial Circuit that covers Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

Eddins, who’s 74, began his 48-year legal career as an assistant state attorney in Milton; three years later he began a 25-year stint as a defense attorney before returning to the prosecutorial side for two reasons.

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Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is wrapping up his third and final term in office. 

David Morgan was elected to head the ECSO in 2008, after defeating incumbent Ron McNesby in the Republican primary and Democrat Larry Scapecchi in the general election. There’s no term limit for sheriffs in Florida, but Morgan feels that for him, it’s time to leave after a dozen years.

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After a nine-month hiatus, it’s back to the ice for the Pensacola Ice Flyers and four other Southern Professional Hockey League clubs, who are playing a truncated season with fewer teams and fewer games thanks to the coronavirus.

The geographically southernmost teams – Pensacola, the Birmingham Bulls, Huntsville Havoc, Knoxville Ice Bears, and the Macon Mayhem – are playing a 42-game season. Ice Flyers head coach Rod Aldoff says with only one other minor league in operation, the ECHL, there’s been a bumper crop of talent to recruit.

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After 45 years with the National Park Service —the last 10 as superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore — Dan Brown is retiring next month.

“I’m not one of those folks who plans to die at my desk or die on the job; I have other things in life, my wife and I both, that we want to pursue when we’re not putting in 40-50 hours a week at work,” said Brown.”

One of the items on Brown’s “honey-do” list is a trip abroad.

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This year's winter solstice will bring a rare sight to our night skies  just in time for the holidays. Jupiter and Saturn will begin aligning Wednesday providing an end-of-year celestial treat.

The two planets move into conjunction — that is, alignment — every 20 years. But this year they will be so close, the closest since the Middle Ages,  1226 to be exact. They'll look like a "double planet."

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The largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history is underway with health workers on the front lines of COVID-19 treatment getting first dibs. The vials are being delivered to five health care centers in Florida.

A 31-year-old nurse at Tampa General Hospital became the first Floridian to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccination was held during a news conference at the hospital, with Gov. Ron DeSantis looking on.

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With the 2021 season scheduled to begin in April, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos will have its third parent club in its 10-year history. That move is part of a tectonic shift in minor league baseball.

The Wahoos have received — and are expected to accept — a formal invitation to become the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The team, which will remain in the Southern League, began as a Cincinnati Reds farm club from 2012 to 2018, then affiliated with the Minnesota Twins the past two seasons.

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Six months after starting work as Escambia County Public Safety Director, Jason Rogers has resigned the post, according to County Administrator Janice Gilley.

County Administrator Janice Gilley made the announcement to the county commission, during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

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Residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities will be the first to get a coronavirus vaccine when Florida begins receiving it.

“We anticipate an FDA approval for the Pfizer vaccine; and we believe next week we’ll see approval for the Moderna vaccine,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis in a video released last week.

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In part two of our look back at the NAS Pensacola terrorist attack one year ago, one of the sailors wounded in the shooting is beginning a new life as a businessman.

“Walking through the crime scene was like walking through the set of a movie; we just don’t expect this to happen at home,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan on December 6, 2019. “This doesn’t happen in Escambia County; it doesn’t happen in Pensacola, it doesn’t happen to our friends and neighbors who are members of the United States Navy.

“But it did – and it has.”

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It was one year ago Sunday when an armed Royal Saudi Air Force officer entered a classroom aboard NAS Pensacola, killing three sailors and wounding eight others

Navy Airman Ryan Blackwell was at his desk in the International Military Training Office checking in students when Lt. Mohammad Saeed Al-Shamrani — a flight student — opened fire around 6:40 a.m.

“[Al-Shamrani] was head-on; we were able to secure the office door,” said Blackwell.

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