Hi, I'm Dave Marsh-Program Director and host of "The Ride" home weekday afternoons 3-7p on 104.5 WFMB.
Here's just a little bit about me. I grew up in a tiny little town in Central Wisconsin. Got my degree in Broadcast Journalism at UW-River Falls and have been doing radio in some way shape or form since 1977. I've lived in a variety of locations including Colorado Springs, Lincoln, NE and near Madison, WI. I love radio as a career and the contact we have with the artists. Hobbies include: Fishing, motorcycles (when I can borrow one), outdoor activities, gardening, landscaping and yard work. Musical choices: Everything from George Strait to Pink Floyd. Love most kinds of music. TV: 24, Fringe, House, SciFi-Star Trek and a steady diet of NatGeo, History, Discovery and Science Channels Sports: Packers, Brewers, Bucks--but I have a healthy respect for the Cardinals
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Fund Fest: During today's (10/6) Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum press conference in the restored Ford Theater, CMA announced that the 2010 CMA Music Festival yielded a record $2,924,936 in charity funds to support Nashville music education and to aid flood relief. CMA CEO Steve Moore, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Kix Brooks, Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town) and Luke Bryan revealed two oversized checks reflecting the split total to benefit the CMA's Keep The Music Playing campaign and The Community Foundation Of Middle Tennessee. "The CMA Music Festival went on as planned just a month after the devastating May flood, and it was the largest, most successful Festival to date," Mayor Dean said. "That's a testament to the strength of Music City and the commitment [the] CMA has to Nashville." Moore added, "We are thrilled to make a donation of this size, and we have confidence that the funds will be put to immediate and good use reaching the hands of the people who need it most."
» Sweet Music Makers: Last night's (10/5) second annual We're All For The Hall concert tightened country's generation gaps as Keith Urban led a 10-artist lineup through the heroes-themed evening. Urban opened the show with a five-song run of his hits before the set change, after which he and Vince Gill led an all-star session player band (featuring Dann Huff and Paul Franklin, among others) in backing the evening's guests. Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Billy Currington, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and John Mayer each performed two songs—one of their hits and a cover from one of their country heroes. Urban sang Don Williams'"I Wouldn't Want To Live If You Didn't Love Me" (dedicated to his wife), Currington delivered a moving rendition of Kenny Rogers' "Sweet Music Man" and Pride drew a rousing ovation for Conway Twitty's "Hello Darlin'." Watch videos and see a complete set list here.
» Whiskey-A-Go-Go To The Top: Kudos to Kenny Chesney and the BNA and Sony/Nashville teams on landing his Hemingway's Whiskey atop the overall and country albums sales charts. The release sold more than 183,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers provided by the label. This marks Chesney's 10th consecutive No. 1 debut on the country albums chart.
» Gone With A Trace: Show Dog-Universal's Trace Adkins will soon embark on his third USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East. Adkins' previous treks include stops in Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan.
» Pop Artist: Southern Ground/Atlantic/BPG's Zac Brown Band will perform a free concert during NASCAR's two-day Coca-Cola Fuels NASCAR Drive event in Miami Nov. 18. The group's music will also be featured in an ad campaign airing at the start of the 2011 racing season. Details here.
» Grand Ole Appry: The Grand Ole Opry has launched a free mobile app for iPhone and Android devices. WSM-AM/Nashville, Opry show schedules, videos, member bios and online store access are among the features. Download here.
» Coast With The Most: Organizers of Brad Paisley andBon Jovi's Concerts For The Coast in Gulf Shores, AL (Oct. 17 and 15, respectively) still have some ticket opportunities available for radio stations. Contact Molly Kummerlehere for details.
» Near The Music: Non-profit Hear The Music Live is giving one foster care child the chance to attend the Nov. 10 44th Annual CMA Awards, and radio can play a part. The organization, which provides teen and pre-teens in foster care with opportunities to see live concert events, will provide airfare, hotel and tickets to one winner and a guest. Stations are encouraged to place the contest widget on their websites; details here.
» Second Hand: The Take A Second For St. Jude Kids songwriter event opens next week at 5:30pm (10/11) at Nashville's Blue Bar and will continue the second Monday of each month. Richard Leigh ("Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"), Wayne Carson ("Always On My Mind") and Brice Long ("Anything Goes") are on Monday's bill. Arlos Smith ("Mayberry") will host. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.