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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The Band Paparazzi: In Nashville, a hit song changes everything. "We can attest to that," the Band Perry's Neil Perry said during the No. 1 celebration for "If I Die Young" earlier this week. "It really is true. One song can really change your career." Airplay, single downloads, album sales, screaming fans, better tables, returned phone calls and other trappings of success aside, the chart-topper also earned the band a trip to the Grammys, where "If I Die Young" is nominated for Best Country Song. Sure, they want the trophy, but the Perry siblings have other goals for the evening, as well. "I'm Gaga for [Lady] Gaga," Reid Perry admits. Kimberly chimes in, "Rumor has it that she wants to come to Nashville and write country songs ... We would love to be her guinea pig. A TBP/Lady Gaga collaboration sounds good to us!" In other news, the trio have teamed with Purina Dog Chow to promote the "Double Dog Dare Contest" through Feb. 28. The grand-prize package includes a year's supply of Purina, $5,000 and two years' worth of Chow for a shelter dog. Enter here.
» The Who Sell Out: After an eight-minute sellout, a second Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium date has been added to the Corona Presents Kenny Chesney's'Goin' Coastal' Tour. "I can't think of a better place than playing two nights at Gillette stadium to close this year's tour," Chesney says. "I really missed playing Foxboro last summer and I can't wait to reconnect with everyone in New England." Chesney and Zac Brown Band will headline the Aug. 27 and 28 shows with supporters Billy Currington and Uncle Kracker. Full schedule here.
» Put "A" Girls In It: With marquee names like Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Reba and Carrie Underwood, there's no false advertising in ACM's television special Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country. The A-list lineup will be celebrated during a taping at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena April 4, the day after the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, and will air at a later date on CBS-TV. Ticket proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives. Details and ticket information here.
» Reel To Real World, Asheville: "Three music makers live to pick in a house and have their lives taped." That's how Dierks Bentley's Real World spot would read were MTV to pick up the 24-hour live feed he'll be webcasting during the recording of his sixth studio album from Asheville, NC. It all starts Sunday (1/30) on dierks.com. "I learned from my experience recording [Up On The] Ridge that getting out of Nashville and away from the business side of things can be really inspiring," Bentley says. "I've got the best musicians in the world, and we're going to go hunker down for a few weeks and live and breathe this record. I thought it would be cool to let the fans be part of the whole experience, so we're going to let them watch as it all goes down." Details here.
» Bleed Out: The long-awaited sneak preview of Ronnie Dunn's lead single "Bleed Red" from his solo debut album is available online. The full track will be digitally released Feb. 8. "This song knocked me out from the first listen," Dunn says. "I genuinely felt the spirit of the lyrics in my gut. It's a really big song, and it needed to be sung." Get your blood up here.
» Fling Is In The Air:Luke Bryan will rock Spring Break March 8-9 at Panama City, FL's Spinnaker's Beach Club to support his four-song EP Spring Break 3 ... It's A Shore Thing, out March 1. Previously unreleased tracks "If You Ain't Here To Party," "Faded Away," "Love In A College Town" and "It's A Shore Thing" make up the digital release. "This is one of my favorite times of the year," Bryan says. "I get to let loose, write new songs that are a little out of the box, play on the beach for two days and have fun with the fans during one of the best times of their lives!" Through the Luke Bryan Spring Break Sweepstakes, one lucky spring breaker will get a free week-long Panama City vacation March 5-12 for the shows. Enter here through Feb. 23.
» Free Loading:Randy Montana is giving country fans a free download of his latest single "1,000 Faces," and a behind-the-scenes look at the music video. The clip was filmed during an actual morning commute in downtown Nashville, which made for some "spirited" interaction with a random vagrant. "There was a guy, he may have been homeless, but it was 9am and he just reeked of alcohol," Montana tells us. "He walked up in the middle of shooting and stood there right next to me and said, 'My name's Memphis, ya'll want me to dance for ya?' He was blind drunk." Download "1,000 Faces" as iTunes' Single of the Week through Tuesday (2/1) here and watch the full video here.
» Bring It On Home:Country Strong's "Coming Home" nabbed an Oscar nomination this week for Original Song. Tom Douglas, Troy Verges, Bob DiPiero and Hillary Lindsey wrote the Gwyneth Paltrow-sung track. Complete list of nods here. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards air Feb. 27 at 8pm ET on ABC-TV.
» In Case You Missed It:Wynonna sat down with Today's Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford to promote her new book Restless Heart. "It's a story of hope," Wynonna says. "I'm a home-schoolteacher mom, [and] I figure that kids out there have so many options. I'm just trying to give kids an idea of how it is to dream ... I just want to tell my story." Watch the appearance here.
Darius Rucker also rocked " This" on Late Show With David Letterman and staged an intimate four-song performance at Rolling Stone magazine's headquarters. Follow the links for the footage.
» Chronicle: The country music community is mourning the loss of Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin, who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Wednesday morning (1/26). He was 83. Born Charlie Elzer Loudermilk, Louvin began his illustrious career as one half of the Louvin Brothers ("If I Could Only Win Your Love," "The Christian Life") with his brother Ira, who passed in 1965. "Some artists' greatest contribution can be the influence they have over other artists, and Charlie's reach was immeasurable from the Beatles to Gram Parsons," manager Brett Steele says. "While the Louvin Brothers will be remembered as one of the greatest country duos in the history of country music, Charlie's solo career was just as successful and relevant." Charlie's final studio album The Battle Rages On was released last November. The benefit DVD/documentary Charlie Louvin: Still Rattlin' The Devil's Cage is expected to be released this spring, with proceeds going toward his medical bills. A private funeral will be held Sunday (1/30).
Jimmy Buffett has been released from a Sydney, AU hospital following a stage fall during a concert in the Harbor City this week. Updates here.
Trace Adkins gives a behind-the-scenes look at his new video "Brown Chicken Brown Cow," tells dirty jokes about his Lincoln Lawyer co-star Matthew McConaughey and talks politics with CNN's Denise Quan here.
A new preview for Soul Surfer featuring a clip of Carrie Underwood saying a few lines is on Entertainment Weekly's website. Watch here.
A new season of Lady Antebellum's Webisode Wednesdays premieres Feb. 9. Get a sneak peek here.
The CMA, Billy Ray Cyrus and Patty Loveless have partnered to launch the Tune Up For COPD Songwriting Competition to raise awareness about the disease. Online fan-voting for the best DRIVE4COPD-inspired songs runs through April 15, with the winning entry being chosen by an impartial panel of judges including Cyrus and Loveless. The prize is a trip for two to the 2011 CMA Music Festival and a chance to perform the song during the event. Details and registration here.
American Idol alum and country newcomer Casey James will open eight dates on Sugarland's Incredible Machine tour beginning March 4. Dates here.