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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Your Average Nashville Party ... Only Prettier: The VIP guest list included her entire record company. The food was upscale down-home (gourmet corn dog, anyone?). And the theme – and dress code – was platinum as Miranda Lambert was honored in Nashville Friday (2/4) for selling more than a million copies of each of her three albums. Decked out in a flashy strapless dress, she addressed the success of her latest release: "Revolution actually caused a revolution in my own world," Lambert said. "We've had this slow and steady build, [but] now I'm getting to be on [magazine] covers. It's more photo shoots. It's more interviews. I'm famous now." But she's keeping her fame in line with her work ethic. "I have to write for a new record," she says. "I try to keep my creativity and craft first and foremost." Last week, Lambert personally delivered platinum plaques and her signature "Miranda-rita" cocktails to every employee at her label, including in the mailroom.
Speaking of magazine covers, guess who's on the front of March's Ladies' Home Journal? Hint: It's not Blake Shelton. Lambert discusses keeping her property after she and Shelton marry, growing up in Lindale, TX and being the lone female on a bus full of men. She recalls a phone call with her business manager, saying, "'I need you to check: How much is it to live in an insane asylum and how much is it for a second bus? Because I either have to do one or the other.'" Read the full article here.
» Big Ben. No Football:Sugarland are across the pond on a media tour to plug the UK release of their current album The Incredible Machine. While they're not staging any major concerts during their trip, the duo will hit the Late Late Show, the Graham Norton Show and News Of The World. "We're learning a lot about looking in the opposite direction when stepping off curbs, and there is much jockeying for position during taxi and van rides through the curving, narrow streets of [London] so as to not end up facing backwards in the car," Jennifer Nettles blogs. "But motion sickness is no match for the sights whizzing by: Royal Albert Hall! Harrods! Big Ben! The Tower of London!" Read the full post and see their UK video blog here.
» Do You Hear What I Hear? The voices Chris Young is hearing now might belong to the stars in whose shoes he now walks: Randy Travis and John Conlee. Young's latest single "Voices" reached No. 1 this week, a feat only accomplished two other times in country music history. What makes "Voices" special is not only that it's his current hit, but that it was previously released as a single, but never took off. Travis had the same thing happen with his smash "On The Other Hand," which was largely ignored the first time it came out, but a second chance saw it top the country charts in June 1986. Conlee's "Backside Of 30" topped out on its encore re-issue in 1979.
» I'll Be There For You: The Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 launches this week, and the star of the show has already touched down in Southeast Asia for Wednesday's opening night (2/9). "We're in beautiful Singapore," Swift tweets. "Just went exploring. Now it's time for room service and a Friends marathon." Swift's overseas trek will hop 15 countries before heading stateside for the North American leg, which opens in Omaha May 27. Complete schedule here. Before she flew abroad, Swift stopped by a Nashville pop station — dubbed "The Taylor" for a day — and did an impromptu rap of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass." Watch the appearance here.
» Before It Streets: "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood is featured on the 12-track compilation album celebrating American Idol's first decade on the air. American Idol 10th Anniversary — The Hits also includes Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," Daughtry's "Home," David Cook's "Light On" and Adam Lambert's "Whataya Want From Me." The record hits stores March 15. Pre-order and view the full track listing here.
» Home Field Advantage: Her CMA Awards performance apparently wasn't enough for the "Country Strong" Gwyneth Paltrow. She'll break out her country vocal chops again, this time in front of her Hollywood peers during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Paltrow will perform the Original Song-nominated "Coming Home" from the Country Strong soundtrack during the Feb. 27 telecast. Randy Newman, Mandy Moore and Florence + the Machine's Florence Welch are also among the show's performers. Details here.
» In Case You Missed It — Super Bowl XLV Edition:Faith Hill, Jack Ingram, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban were among the musical highlights surrounding Super Bowl XLV. Hill rocked with the Pretenders on Saturday's CMT Crossroads: the Pretenders and Faith Hill Live From Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam (2/5) and starred in this Super Bowl commercial for Teleflora bouquets. Urban performed "Long Hot Summer" during FOX-TV's pre-game broadcast (rehearsal video here). Ingram's H.E.B. commercial was broadcast exclusively in the Lone Star State during the Big Game and Glee's "Rachel Berry" and "Noah 'Puck' Puckerman" covered Lady A's " Need You Now" during the postgame episode.
The CMA revealed the first faces booked for the 2011 CMA Music Festival Tuesday morning (2/8) through its Facebook page. "Like" the organization to view the preliminary lineup here.
Bieber Fever has hit the Rascal Flatts camp. Pop's Justin Bieber recruited the Flatts for his recording of the song "That Should Be Me," which is featured on his upcoming seven-track album Never Say Never: The Remixes. Hear the mash-up when it hits stores Valentine's Day.
Darius Rucker recorded a version of "Happy Birthday" for the American Cancer Society's More Birthdays campaign. Watch here.
Travis Tritt (2/9) Randy Owen (2/13)
Tuesday (2/8): Little Big Town, Late Show With Jimmy Fallon (NBC); Merle Haggard, Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).
Wednesday (2/9): Faith Hill and the Pretenders, CMT Crossroads: The Pretenders and Faith Hill Live From Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam.
Thursday (2/10): Josh Turner, Origins (GAC).
Friday (2/11): Jason Aldean, Jessi Colter, On The Streets (GAC).
In Stores Tuesday (2/8)
Various ArtistsThe Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated To Waylon Jennings Alabama reunited to record the tribute album's lead single "Are You Sure Hank Done It Way." Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Shooter Jennings, James Otto and Trace Adkins are among the other artists giving their spin on Waylon classics. Duets include Sunny Sweeney with Jessi Colter on "Good Hearted Woman" and Kris Kristofferson with Patty Griffin on "Rose In Paradise." Enhanced content features a trailer of the documentary Breaking The Myth – Waylon Jennings. Purchase here.
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Couple Keifer and Shawna Thompson co-wrote 10 the their debut album's 12 tracks including "All The Way," which Keifer wrote with newcomer Kip Moore. Jim Collins and David Lee Murphy (Jason Aldean's "Big Green Tractor") wrote the single "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not." David Fanning produced with Aldean band members Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy and Rich Redmond. Buy here.