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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» Tim McGraw Cited For Trafficking:Tim McGraw was starting traffic in Corpus Christi, TX Friday night (4/8). That's right, starting traffic – as in his Emotional Traffic Tour with openers Luke Bryan and the Band Perry. But before McGraw premiered the immense production in front of a sold-out crowd, he tested the waters before 50 invitation-only guests during a closed dress rehearsal Thursday (4/7). Our insider was there. Calling the stage "impressive," our reporter describes a runway leading into the arena from center stage that horseshoes out to create a pit area in the middle of the floor. A satellite stage is featured at the rear of the arena, and risers for the drum kit and keyboards move forward and backward onstage.
Apparently, McGraw made good use of the expansive set while he rolled through his hits and previewed five tracks from his upcoming album including the single "Felt Good On My Lips." "He spends the entire show interacting with the fans and covering the entire stage," our insider says. "It was rare for him to stand still and sing at any point in the evening." The Band Perry and Bryan joined McGraw on "She Can't Be Really Gone" and "Real Good Man," respectively. Last word: "All in all, a pretty [darn] good show and well worth seeing this year if you can."
» Australian Honey:Keith Urban and openers Lady Antebellum have been taking in the local scene Down Under during the opening weekend of the Get Closer 2011 World Tour. At Friday's (4/8) kick-off concert in Adelaide, Urban covered Aussie '70s rockers Cold Chisel and invited five-year-old guitar picker Nathan onstage for " Days Go By." "Australia, it's so good to be here," Urban tweeted post-show. "Can't wait to put on a few more shows for you all." Urban continued the Aussie salute Saturday (4/9) in Melbourne, where the packed crowd sang along to two more Cold Chisel covers. As for Lady A, when they aren't getting Aussies to sing along to " Need You Now," they're scratching their furry backs. Yup. You read right. During a radio interview in Sydney, Lady A were surprised with a meet-and-greet with a koala named Mikey, who drew some tourist-y squeals from the band. A giddy Hillary Scott said, "He's so sweet! I'm so happy right now!" Dave Haywood added, "You can leave [Mikey] in our hotel room!" Read a full Adelaide review here and Melbourne recap here. Opening night pics are here.
» Field Of Dreams: The 2011 CMA Music Festival LP Field lineup is nearly set. Performing Thursday June 9 are Jason Aldean, Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band; Friday June 10 are Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Ashton Shepherd, KeithUrban and others TBA; Saturday June 11 features Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Josh Turner and Chris Young; and Sunday June 12 will include the Band Perry, the JaneDear girls, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton. Nightly passes go on sale Saturday (4/16) at 11am ET. Details here.
» At The Movies: It's a country triple play in movie news this week. According to Box Office Mojo, Soul Surfer, featuring Carrie Underwood's film debut, earned $11.1 million on its opening weekend. Country Strong starring Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow comes out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday (4/12). And Bloodworth, starring Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson and Dwight Yoakam, will be screened during a Nashville Film Festival red carpet event Saturday (4/16). Kristofferson will also receive the NaFF's Career Achievement Award prior to the screening.
» Apprentice – Gold & Rich: Teams Backbone and A.S.A.P. went for the Gold, but one team missed the "Mark" on Sunday's (4/10) Celebrity Apprentice. Both were assigned to create displays touting Australian Gold sunscreen, with Backbone project manager Mark McGrath opting for a pirate theme and John Rich composing a well-received pirate chant for the product. Led by La Toya Jackson, the women's team prevailed and the men were on the receiving end of Donald Trump's boardroom wrath. McGrath accepted responsibility for the poorly received theme and was fired despite a late surge from the men to get problem-child Gary Busey canned. Watch the full episode here.
» Ace In The Whole:George Strait and developer Tom Cusick have acquired the 250-acre Tapatio Golf Resort near Boerne, TX. Textron Financial has owned the Texas Hill Country property since purchasing it from foreclosure last June for $4.5 million. "I have lived near Boerne, and over the years Tom and I watched what was happening at Tapatio Springs, and we always believed it could be a real jewel," Strait says. Cusick adds, "The resort has suffered through uncertainty, rumors and a lack of maintenance. George and I are making a personal commitment to eliminate those issues and turn Tapatio Springs into the showplace it should be." The course resort opened in 1981, and amenities include 27 holes, a hotel, tennis courts, hiking trails and a convention center. Details here.
» Crib Notes: Congratulations to Blaine Larsen and wife Sammie on the birth of their second child, son Noble Blaine. Noble was welcomed to the world April 8 and joins sister Zoe.
Congratulations are also extended to Shooter Jennings and Drea De Matteo on the birth of their second child, Waylon Albert "Blackjack" Jennings. Waylon joins sister Alabama Gypsyrose.
An autographed Willie Nelson guitar has been added to the second phase of theEMI Family 4 Japan charity auction, which ends April 21. Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Alan Jackson and Kenny Rogers are among the artists who are also offering items during the auction's first phase, which closes April 15. All proceeds benefit Red Cross Japan relief efforts, and the EMI Group has pledged to match funds raised up to 1 million euros. Access the auction here.
Chris Young will embark on his second military entertainment tour April 13. Young will headline five camps in Iraq and Kuwait and distribute iTunes gift cards to service members on the Stars For Stripes' Piece of Home tour.
Jennette McCurdy has been named spokesperson for the Rebecca Bonbon fashion and lifestyle line, which is exclusively available at North American Kmart and Sears retailers. Beginning with the 2011 Back-To-School collection, McCurdy will be featured in a marketing campaign promoting the Japanese brand, which was developed by Hello Kitty creator YukoShimizu.
A resolution proclaiming April 16 Jimmy Buffett Day has passed in the Florida House of Representatives. The holiday celebrates Buffett's charitable efforts, economic impact and environmental support in the Sunshine State.