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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» Last-Minute Additions: The inaugural American Country Awards has added Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry as performers, and Jennette McCurdy, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Ann Womack, Jaron And The Long Road To Love, The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell and motocross champion Travis Pastrana as presenters. The Trace Adkins-hosted ACAs premiere Monday (12/6) live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8pm ET on FOX-TV.
The Grammy Song: Capitol's Lady Antebellum lead country artists with six Grammy nominations including all-genre nods for Album, Record and Song of the Year – Need You Now and its title track. Zac Brown Band receives four nods, while Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson and Miranda Lambert tie with three. Full list here. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards air live Feb. 13 at 8pm ET on CBS-TV.
Grammy Quotebook: Stars react to their nominations:
"Grammy nomination, daddy likey ... Seeing dudes wearing their pants below their ass, daddy laughy." — Blake Shelton on his Best Country Collaboration With Vocals nomination for "Hillbilly Bone" with Trace Adkins
"I'd like to thank all my fans, God, my dog Jake ... Oh, wait ... a little ahead of myself." – Dierks Bentley on his nods for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals and Country Album
"Just heard about the Grammy nomination for 'Til Summer Comes Around,' what a beautiful start to the day today ... deeply, deeply grateful for this. Wish I could take you all to the Grammies with us." — Keith Urban on his Best Male Country Vocal Performance nomination
"It was something that I didn't really decide to put on the record until the very last minute ... It's the last track on the record and I'm really glad we put it on there." — Gretchen Wilson on "I'd Love To Be Your Last" earning recognition in Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song categories
"I was checking ESPN.com one last time before getting into bed when my phone vibrated. I was scared to answer and wake up my wife, but I simply whispered, 'Hello.' All I remember is my manager screaming and me falling to the floor! Without question, [this is] the greatest moment of my career! I will forever be Grammy-nominated! Wow!” — David Nail on hearing the news that he earned a nod for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Turning Home"
"I'm nominated for a freaking Grammy! Best Male Country Vocal Performance. 'Gettin' You Home.' This is awesome!" — Chris Young
"This has been a whirlwind year, and we have you guys and Country radio to thank." — The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry on the group's Best Country Song nod for "If I Die Young"
"Grammy nom! Woot, woot people! ;)" — Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook on the band's Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals nomination for "Little White Church"
Let Me Entertain You:Entertainment Weekly has named Taylor Swift its youngest-ever Entertainer Of The Year. For the cover spread on newsstands now, Swift discusses speculation behind the people who inspired Speak Now. "The fact is, I haven't ever confirmed that any song is about any particular person," Swift tells EW. "There's something kind of freeing about that. As far as I'm concerned, it's all still up in the air." Follow the link for the article.
Cup And At 'Em: Republic's Martina McBride will perform "America The Beautiful" at tomorrow night's (12/3) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony. McBride joins previously announced performers Rascal Flatts in representing country artists during the telecast, which will air on SPEED at 9pm ET. Details here.
» Click Your Boots Three Times: Valory's Jimmy Wayne will appear during the 12th Annual A Home For The Holidays special, which will share celebrity testimonies about adoption. During his segment, Wayne will perform a portion of the song "Belongs To You" and discuss how his adoptive family affected his life. Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Ricky Martin, Nelly and Katy Perry will also appear during the CBS-TV special airing Dec. 22 at 8pm ET.
» Nothing Comes Between Me And My Cowboy: Select Wrangler Specialty Apparel retailers are offering a complimentary George StraitCowboy Love Songs compilation with each $50 purchase through Dec. 31. "The Chair," "Check Yes Or No" and "Run" are among the collection's eight tracks. Details here.
Mum's The Word: If Keith Urban fans want to Get Closer to the mystery woman pictured behind him in the album's liner notes, they can think again. Urban's staying mum on whether the model is his daughter's mum. "We're making art," Urban tells CNN's Denise Quan, who guesses it's Urban's wife Nicole Kidman. "It does leave the story up to much interpretation, and if a picture tells a thousand words, then [this speaks] of something — hopefully to do with music." What is open for discussion is how Urban's marriage influenced his latest work. "My marriage is life-giving; it's not just life-changing," Urban says. "From there, we created life, and that's just beautiful. The effect that all of that has had in my work has given life to it, too. It's given it a sense of purpose." Read the full CNN piece here.
The 2011 Keith Urban calendar is now available through his website. Monkeyville fan club members took all the photos in the spread, and proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through the Country Fans Care For St. Jude Kids campaign. Details here.