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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» Turner Nichols Suing Flatts: A complaint filed Monday (4/11) in Davidson County, TN Chancery Court finds former Rascal Flattsmanagement company Turner Nichols & Associates seeking continued commission on income from deals negotiated while the firm still represented the band. The suit asks for "15% of the Defendants' gross entertainment income, excluding publishing, attributable to the efforts of Plaintiff and/or pursuant to agreements entered into during the term of the management agreement ...." In addition to a touring agreement negotiated in 2009 that continues into 2013, Turner Nichols seeks commission on the band's recent ABC-TV special, DVD sales and on proceeds from recording agreements and tour sponsorships. Request for comment from a representative of Rascal Flatts had not been returned at press time.
» Aldean's Dirt Road Derby:Jason Aldean wore out the U.S. transit system this week promoting his new single "Dirt Road Anthem." On Tuesday, he taped CMT's Invitation Only and performed on the Tuesday Night Opry (4/12), while Thursday took him to American Idol and the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. Kelly Clarkson joined Aldean on Idol as they performed their smash duet "Don't You Wanna Stay." Behind-the-scenes highlights at Tuesday's CMT taping included an audience Q&A session and an eight-song set that featured "My Kinda Party," "Amarillo Sky," "Why," "The Truth," "Crazy Town," "Hicktown," "She's Country" and "Dirt Road Anthem." "A song like 'Dirt Road Anthem' is a risk for anybody in country music because it is different," Aldean said during the Q&A portion. "A lot of times artists, record companies and managers are a little scared of those songs ... [but] I feel like when you take risks and they pay off, they pay off in a big way."
» Chairwoman Of The 'Board:Taylor Swift leads 2011 Billboard Music Awards country nominees with seven total nods. Swift is among the nominees in the all-genre categories of Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album for Speak Now, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Female Artist. Lady Antebellum follow with four nods; Jason Aldean, Sugarland and Zac Brown Band have two each. Kenny Chesney, the Band Perry and Miranda Lambert are also nominated. Complete list here. The Billboard Music Awards air live May 22 from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8pm ET on ABC-TV.
» End Up Somewhere Else: Twelve European dates are locked and loaded for Toby Keith's ... uh, Locked & Loaded 2011 World Tour. Shows in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark are scheduled for the run, which kicks off Oct. 30 in Edinburgh. Details here.
» Tryin' To Make It In Her Daddy's World:Trisha Yearwood and Lee Ann Womack walked the red carpet at Good Housekeeping's Shine On event, which celebrated history-making women. "We don't always applaud or don't know about all the contributions that women have made," Yearwood said prior to Tuesday's (4/12) Radio City Music Hall soirée, which benefited Washington, DC's National Women's History Museum. "Women are sometimes a footnote in some of these other museums, but we need to have our own museum, so I'm very excited for that to happen." Womack added, "Women raise our kids; the next generation that's coming up. It's very important. So we have to honor that." Yearwood sang James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" with an all-female band, and Womack performed "I Hope You Dance." Red carpet photos here.
» Hold My Hand:Darius Rucker is among five celebrities who have joined the American Red CrossNational Celebrity Cabinet, which works to promote Red Cross' international aid work. Talk show host Nate Berkus, actress Kristin Chenoweth, Latin star Rogelio Martinez and Christian music singer Michael W. Smith have also joined the Cabinet. "Whether it is a call to action for blood drives, disaster relief or just community outreach, the American Red Cross does an extraordinary job at not only meeting the immediate needs of a community, but also the preparation and planning for long-term support," Rucker says. "I am honored that they would include me in the Cabinet as a member and contributor." Details here.
» Reproducing Like Honey Rabbits: "Honey Bee" by Blake Shelton is generating major buzz online. The track has sold 138,000 first-week copies, according to numbers provided by Shelton's record label. We're told the feat is a high-water-mark for male country artists.
» Even Stronger:Sara Evans performed " A Little Bit Stronger" during Tuesday's (4/12) Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Follow the link for the footage. In other news, the song has been certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies.
» Life Notes: The country music community is extending thoughts and prayers to the family of Keith Burns (Burns & Poe), whose daughter Savannah Leigh Burns is battling leukemia. Savannah, 18, is currently hospitalized at Atlanta's Egleston Children's Hospital and, according to Keith's publicist, "is in desperate need of platelets and blood." Details here.
Likewise, best wishes are with singer/songwriter Julie Roberts, who has revealed she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while working on her second album. "It all started when I was on the road touring for my first album," Roberts writes on her blog. "I'd be in the middle of a show and couldn't hold my microphone anymore." Read the full post here.
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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are the only country crooners in the all-star cast set to act in a country-themed production of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives Of Windsor May 9 at UCLA's Royce Hall. The music of the late Hank Williams will be featured. According to the LA Times, Christina Applegate, Kenneth Branagh, Eric Idle, William Shatner and Martin Short will also participate. Proceeds benefit the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
Kellie Pickler and Julianne Hough are among the celebrities featured on People magazine's "Most Beautiful" list. The issue hits newsstands Friday (4/15). Additionally, Hough graces the April 16 cover of Women's Health. Hough tweets, "It's fun, informative and has great tips in the issue."
MercuryRecords – home to BillyCurrington,Jamey Johnson, Sugarland, and others – is planning to offer one lucky singer a record deal. "We're looking for a male rock and country singer, ages 18-26 with range and twang," the website solicits. Info here.
Vince Gill (4/12) Loretta Lynn (4/14) Roy Clark (4/15) Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown) (4/18) Marvin Evatt (Carolina Rain) (4/18)
Friday (4/15): Toby Keith and Sugarland, Conversations From The Road (GAC); Trace Adkins, CMT's Next Superstar.
Saturday (4/16): Various Artists, Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (GAC); Wynonna, Southern Fried Flicks (CMT).
Sunday (4/17): Ashton Shepherd, Aaron's 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (FOX); John Rich, Celebrity Apprentice (NBC); the Judds, The Judds (OWN); Rascal Flatts, Inside West Coast Customs (Discover's HD Theater).