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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John Rich Gets His Trump Card: "I have a $250,000 check for St. Jude Children's Hospital in my pocket right now as I speak to you," John Rich told us Monday morning after a sleepless night celebrating his Celebrity Apprentice win. And that check was the point all along for Rich, who never wavered in his approach, ultimately raising more than $1.3 million. Much of the live New York finale focused on the final task assigned to Rich and co-finalist Marlee Matlin. A timing gaffe between Rich and his event's headliners Def Leppard made for tense moments, but the country singer reverted to his day job to perform a few songs acoustically, including the new ditty, "Don't Fire Me, Mr. Trump."
Most of his fellow contestants returned for the last show, with Mark McGrath encapsulating the season well: "Marlee had the biggest week of Celebrity Apprentice," he said. "John Rich had the best season ever in Celebrity Apprentice." Conflict and competition were set aside as Matlin signed along to Rich's performance of his "For The Kids. As for the most unexpected moment of the night, at least in Rich's mind: "I was surprised Donald Trump put on that cowboy hat I brought him. He looked like John Wayne!" Within hours, Rich was off to the media races, visiting live with the Todayshow, Regis & Kellyand sitting in with Access Hollywood. Look for him on Thursday's Ellen DeGeneres Show. Click the links for video and download the St. Jude-benefiting "For The Kids" here.
» You Call This A Rehearsal? More than 13,000 fans gathered Saturday at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for a rehearsal like no other. Rather than pace herself through a low-key, peek-behind-the-curtain Speak Now Tour run-through that ended up raising $750,000 for tornado victims, Taylor Swift and a cast of dozens put on a full-production show that easily topped her elaborate Fearless World Tour. As her set's huge red curtain pulled back for the opening number "Sparks Fly," the crowd was overwhelmed with a menagerie of performers, props, plotlines, gadgetry, imagery and instrumentation on a scale that was hard to fully comprehend.
Among these were (inhaling deeply) gilded staircases and a gazebo, a stage-wide HD video screen, four ornately framed screens hanging in front of the main screen, eight dancers, a grand piano, sparkler bearers hanging from the light rig, snow, church pews, a ukulele, a minister and wedding party, fireworks, a tree, huge bells emblazoned with "XIII," a front porch, Cirque du Soleil-like acrobats, a banjo, a bridge, lifts that launched dancers and Swift onto the stage, a glitter storm, more trees, confetti, a ballerina, zombies, eight wardrobe changes and a flying balcony Swift used to sail over the crowd during the "Love Story" encore. Speak now? Mission accomplished. People will definitely be talking about this show. Check out her performance of "Story Of Us" here.
» Hall Star Team:Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard and Bobby Braddock received country music's highest honor Sunday night at an invitation-only gathering at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Songwriter Braddock reveled in performances of his classics including Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton ("Golden Ring"); Tracy Lawrence with his 1996 No. 1 "Time Marches On" and Billy Currington on his recent No. 1, "People Are Crazy." Vince Gill was among the performers honoring Shepard, singing her hit "I Want To Go Where No One Knows Me." George Jones officially escorted Shepard into the Hall, earning her quip, "George, thanks for showing up."
Reba was serenaded with musical tributes by Trisha Yearwood and SusieMcEntire on "How Blue;" Gill with "Somebody Should Leave;" Garth Brooks performing "Whoever's In New England;" and Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride with an incredible version of the 1993 Reba and Linda Davis No. 1, "Does He Love You." Hall of Famer Dolly Parton handled the induction. Parton joked that through the years "we've had enough hair to stuff a mattress." Reba summed things up by saying, "Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being my friends, my helpers along the way. I couldn't have done any of this without you, and by God, I wouldn't have wanted to."
» We'll Billboard You Later: A glammed-up Taylor Swift received three honors at Sunday night's 2011 Billboard Music Awards. The singer-songwriter beat out Justin Bieber, Susan Boyle, Eminem and Lady Antebellum to take home the Top 200 Billboard Artist trophy. In addition, she received the Top Country Artist honor, as well as the Top Country Album award for Speak Now. Keith Urban took the stage for a mock-banjo duel with the show's host, actor Ken Jeong (The Hangover II), before charming the audience with " Long Hot Summer" from his Get Closer album. Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" may have taken home the Top Country Song title, but it was their performance of " Just A Kiss" that had the crowd screaming. On the red carpet, the trio revealed their post-awards celebration plans, which were limited to dinner and a few drinks. "I've got to get home because I've got my family reunion this weekend," the group's Hillary Scott explained.
» CMT'ing Off:Big & Rich, Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan have been added to the list of performers for the 2011 CMT Music Awards. This will be Big Kenny and John Rich's first televised appearance as a duo in more than three years and their first CMTMA performance since 2005. In addition, host Kid Rock will duet with Sheryl Crow. The awards air Wednesday, June 8 at 8pm ET on the network and CMT.com
» Dr. Darius: During the commencement address for the Medical University of South Carolina Friday (May 20), keynote speaker Darius Rucker received an honorary diploma from the institution. The school holds a special place in Rucker's heart for two reasons: his mother was a long-time employee of the university, and he was recently named to the board of the Children's Hospital. The singer-songwriter promises to hang his new diploma prominently in his Charleston home, noting, "That way everyone should know to call me Dr. Rucker."
» Whose Pen Has Your Booth Been Under?Shania Twain is scheduled to make her first appearance at CMA Music Festival in 15 years Friday, June 10. Twain will sign copies of her autobiography From This Moment On at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena from 2-4pm. The event is open to the public.
» Voice Carries: A decade-long career as a chart-topping performer is one thing, but starring on a hit TV show is something else. And Blake Shelton isn't too proud to embrace it, even at the gas station. "It was one o'clock in the morning and I just got out of the studio," Shelton says. "This cute girl was running the cash register. She looked at me and made this face like, 'Hey! Are you the guy from that show?' And I was like, 'Yeah, you're damn right I am!' It was so odd to me because it just shows you the power of television." The third battle round of The Voice airs Tuesday (5/24).
» I Feel Fine:Sugarland and tourmates Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson poked fun at Harold Camping's rapture prediction during their stop in Holmdel, NJ Saturday night (5/21). The party of seven collaborated on a live cover of R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" (watch here). "Thanks for sharing the rapture with us tonight," Jennifer Nettles told the crowd after closing the show with the tune. "Be safe going home."