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 Secret To Darius' Success:Darius Rucker was in an Empire State of mind this week during a New York media swing. During Monday's (4/25) Today show, Rucker plugged and performed his latest hit " This" and discussed how parenting influences his music. "Being a father changes everything about you," Rucker said. "With my country career I couldn't have written any of [these] songs if I wasn't a dad." That same day, Rucker performed " I Don't Care" with a cowboy-hat-wearing Jimmy Fallon on Late Night. Tuesday (4/26), Rucker headlined the Housing WorksLive From Home performance series, which raised more than $18,000 to battle homelessness and AIDS. This weekend, Rucker will trade the Big Apple's cement jungle for a Southern California campground at Indio, CA's Stagecoach 2011 festival, which will also feature headliners Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood. Details here.
» Vid To Win:Jason Aldean leads nominees for the 2011 CMT Music Awards. "Found out today we are nominated for four CMT awards," he tweeted Wednesday (4/27). "Pretty awesome way to start the day. Thanks to all my peeps out there." Aldean is up for Video, Male and the inaugural Best Web Video of the Year for "My Kinda Party." His "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson is nominated for Collaborative Video. Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band follow with three each. Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Reba, Sugarland and Sheryl Crow are among the other nominees. The USA Weekend Breakthrough Video nominees were revealed Monday (4/25). View Wednesday morning's Today show announcement featuring Top 20 Countdown's Evan Farmer and the Band Perryhere. Voting to determine the winners is underway at CMT.com through June 7, and the CMTMAs air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena June 8.
» Tequila On A Road Trip? Fresh off his latest No. 1 hit "Live A Little," Kenny Chesney has released a new single that's been one of his favorite driving songs since 2007. "After the tour [that year], I rented a house in Malibu, CA right on the cliff of the ocean, and I would drive up the Pacific Coast Highway right at sunset," Chesney recalls. "I'd roll down the windows and I would just listen to music." Joining him on the recording is rocker Grace Potter, whose country connections also include playing VH1 Divas with Jennifer Nettles. "I love [Grace's] singing and love her records," Chesney says. "I didn't know her, but I got in touch with her, played her the song, and literally three days later she was in Nashville and we cut it. Still, every time I hear the song, I go straight to driving up the PCH at sunset."
» Relief Pitchers: Oklahoma natives Reba and Blake Shelton are staging a May 26 Tornado Relief Concert benefiting the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund, which supports Atoka County recovery efforts. Tornadoes and severe storms caused approximately $500,000 in damage in the area and destroyed several residences, government buildings and businesses. "A lot of people lost a great deal in this disaster, and it's particularly close to us because we both consider Oklahoma home," Reba said. "We wanted to do something and let the people in Oklahoma know that we love them and we're praying for them during this difficult tragedy." Make a one-time $10 donation by texting "OKGIVE" to 27722, or donate directly to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund at 101 SE 1st St., Tushka, OK 74525. More here.
» Independence Play:Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown Tour 2011 will wrap with Nelson's 4th of July Picnic & Throwdown at Billy Bob's Texas in Ft. Worth. David Allan Coeand Ray Price are among the legendary performers joining the tour for its final stop. "Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic is a longstanding tradition, and we're thrilled to be a part of it," Throwdown organizer Kevin Lyman says. "We couldn't think of a better way to end this tour than by bringing together the legendary picnic talent with the big-name artists performing throughout the Country Throwdown Tour." The tour's performers include Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice and Craig Campbell. More here.
» Wrap And Country:Dierks Bentley may be regretting his choice of tour openers. Newcomers Miss Willie Brown initiated the JägermeisterTour pranks, claiming Bentley's Jeep as their first victim. "Before [Dierks] gets us real bad, we thought we'd get one in and then go running for the hills," laughs the duo's Kasey Buckley. Their attempt to enlist tourmate Josh Thompson fell short. "I told them ‘Hell, no,'" Thompson says. "They are on their own for this one." Cue the plastic wrap here.
» Apprentice – Here For The Party?John Rich previews the next episode of Celebrity Apprentice: "They're actually calling it 'The Wrath of Nene' and that's a pretty good title," Rich tells us. "It gets so out of hand, Star Jones actually calls in her own personal security to follow her around and keep her out of harm's way." And it's all building up to the May 22 finale, airing live from New York. All this season's contestants are expected to return. "They may even let Richard Hatch out of jail to be there," Rich says. "At least, that's what I've heard." The Celebrity Apprentice airs Sunday (5/1) on NBC-TV. View all the weekend TV listings below.
» In Case You Missed It: During Tuesday night's (4/26) premiere of The Voice, Blake Shelton persuaded 20-year-old Patrick Thomas, 16-year-old Xenia Martinez and married couple Elenowen to join his eight-artist team. Thomas performed "Live Like You Were Dying," Elenowen performed "Falling Slowly" and Martinez sang "Break Even." Watch the full episode here. Tim McGraw performed "Better Than I Used To Be" on Wednesday's (4/27) The View.
As the date draws near, Miranda Lambert is all a-Twitter with last-minute wedding plans. But they're not over her May 14 nuptials with fiancé Blake Shelton. "Starting the countdown to the royal wedding," Lambert tweets. "And even though I have a show, I will be up at 5am to watch every second of it!"
People magazine has all the inside scoop on LeAnn Rimes' and Eddie Cibrian's surprise nuptials. The official photos from the ceremony will be published in Friday's (4/29) issue. Get a sneak peek here.
Newcomers the Dirt Drifters are offering a free download of their debut single "Something Better" to fans who post the video's widget to their website. The video includes footage of guitarist Jeff Middleton breaking his arm at the 2:35-minute mark. Access the widget at TheDirtDrifters.com.
Willie Nelson (4/30) Tim McGraw (5/1) Ty Herndon (5/1) Eric Church (5/3) Randy Travis (5/4)