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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» Hi Flatts Diet: Big Machine's Rascal Flatts will embark on the 24-city Flatts Fest summer tour beginning June 18 in Bristow, VA. The festival-themed trek will feature a new high-tech set and pre-show activities at each tour stop including mobile karaoke, carnival games, photo booths, mini-golf, food vendors and on-site contests. Sara Evans, Easton Corbin and Justin Moore will support. Full details and itinerary here.
» Road Conditions: Top New Artist nominees Eric Church and the Band Perry will host the Academy of Country Music's web series Road To The ACM Awards, which will document their activities leading up to the 46th Annual ACM Awards telecast April 3. Behind-the-scenes looks at Church's "Looking For A Happy Ending" and TBP's "You Lie" videos are the first webisodes posted. Watch here.
» Car-tune Character: Big Machine's Taylor Swift has been confirmed for the 3D-CGI film adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. Swift will voice "Audrey," joining the ensemble cast including Danny DeVito (the "Lorax"), Zac Efron ("Ted"), Ed Helms ("Once-ler") and Betty White ("Grammy Norma"). The Lorax is scheduled to hit theaters in 2012.
» Blue Green: The third annual The Stars Go Blue For Colon Cancer raised $36,000 for the BlueNote Fund, which provides financial support for colon cancer patients. Couples Josh and Jennifer Turner, Linda Davis and Lang Scott and Charlie Kelley and Nan Kelley were among the performers. GAC's Storme Warren emceed the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum event.
» Wayne CASA Su Casa: The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association has named Jimmy Wayne national spokesperson for the organization. Wayne will perform and be a featured speaker during the 30th annual National CASA conference Sunday (3/20) in Chicago
» Hall Of Famer Husky Passes: Our condolences are extended to family and friends of Country Music Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky, who passed away at 2:15pm today (3/17), according to his management company. He was 85 and had been in failing health for a number of weeks. Inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, Husky was a radio and television performer before having his first big hit on Capitol with "A Dear John Letter" in 1953. Other hits included "Gone" and "Wings Of A Dove." Learn more about Husky here. Arrangements are still pending.
» Whole Fan-Jamily: The Band Perry, Eric Church, Randy Houser, Little Big Town, Steel Magnolia, Laura Bell Bundy, Sarah Darling, Bradley Gaskin and Casey James have been added to the inaugural ACM Fan Jam. GAC's Bill Cody will emcee the Mandalay Bay Events Center concert, which takes place during and after the 46th Annual ACM Awards telecast April 3. Sugarland headlines. Details here.
» Coastal Kenny: Backed by his stuffed marlin "Marley," Lucky Old Son Kenny Chesney is once again in his element, kicking off his tour Thursday night in West Palm Beach, FL (3/17). "I might be a little nervous," Chesney says. "I got butterflies, but it's a different butterflies. It's not ... 'Oh my God, what are we gonna do?' It's an anxiousness to get out there and really try to blow people's hair back with our music and try to show them the best time ever." Good times are sure to be had with supporters Billy Currington, Uncle Kracker and stadium co-headliners Zac Brown Band, who will join Chesney for an all-band-jam toward the end of the show. "I think I speak for everybody that I think it's gonna be a really special night of music," Chesney says. And if you're worried about being blinded by that collaboration's star power, Kenny's got an answer for you. He's partnered with Costa Sunglasses to design a collection of six limited edition custom frames, which will be available online and at select tour stops. A portion of proceeds benefit coastal conservation.
» The Whole Fan-Jamily: Best New Artist nominees Eric Church and the BandPerry have rolled out new videos campaigning for ACM votes. Church stars in this suggestive " Looking For A Happy Ending" video and several fans cover "If I Die Young" in TBP's " Our Song Belongs To You." In other ACM news, TBP, Church, Randy Houser, Little Big Town, Steel Magnolia, Laura Bell Bundy, Sarah Darling, Bradley Gaskin and Casey James have been added to the inaugural ACM Fan Jam. GAC's Bill Cody will emcee the Mandalay Bay Events Center concert, which takes place during and after the 46th Annual ACM Awards telecast April 3. Sugarland headlines. Details here.
» The Fightin' Side Of We:Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Jewel are among those Tweeting support for Japan and its people as they work through their national crisis. "The quiet dignity and grace of the Japanese people throughout this tragedy has been so remarkable," Paisley tweeted Thursday (3/17). "My heart is simultaneously proud and broken." GAC will run PSAs from Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Chris Young, Josh Thompson, Phil Vassar, Randy Houser, Heidi Newfield, Randy Montana and Katie Armiger urging Red Cross donations to aid relief efforts. Directly donate $10 by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999. Learn more on how you can help here.
» X Factor:Big & Rich are getting the band back together. The duo and Gretchen Wilson will headline XtremeMuzik The Tour with guests Cowboy Troy and Two Foot Fred this summer, beginning June 25 in Walker, MN. Five dates are on the schedule so far. Details here.
» Back In The Saddle:Miranda Lambert is back in action after a respiratory infection sidelined her from Alan Jackson's Australian tour. Lambert staged a rowdy Texas homecoming show to an over-capacity crowd at the Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo Wednesday (3/17). "It's good to be back home," said Lambert, who cut her teeth playing Houston's Firehouse Saloon at 17. "I think there were about seven people at that first concert," she joked. According to concert organizers, Lambert's show attracted the third-largest crowd in the Rodeo's 79-year history, and it was the largest weeknight attendance overall. Read the full Houston Press review here.
» Chasing (Deer) Tail: Husband-to-be Blake Shelton is sticking to his guns for his bachelor party – literally. "I think me and my buddies are going to take a camping trip somewhere; maybe try to find something to go hunt," Shelton tells Parade. "Turkey or bears or something like that; something country. The last 10 years of my life has been a bachelor party, so I don't need an extra one night to add to my life. I've had plenty of that stuff." Read the full Q&A here.
» Kelley Comes Home: Accomplished singer-songwriter but country newbie Josh Kelley comes full circle with the Tuesday release of his album Georgia Clay (3/22). "I did a showcase for like four different [Nashville] labels and they all turned me down," Kelley says of his first Music City try. "They just said I wasn't ready yet. And the truth is that I wasn't." Kelley then posted his material to Napster, where his bluegrass tunes attracted the attention of Hollywood Records (Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato). "They changed all these bluegrass songs into pop songs, so, it was kind of crazy, but it was a lot of fun," Kelley says of the transition. "I learned a lot, but I'm a much better country artist than I am a pop artist. I love writing three-and-a-half minute little movies." Kelley's "movies" include "Naleigh Moon," which is about his adoptive daughter with wife and actress Katherine Heigl. Pre-order here.
» Country Made (For) TV:CMT's new division CMT Original Movies will premiere a series of made-for-TV movies this summer starring Laura Bell Bundy, LeAnn Rimes and actor Ricky Schroder. To The Mat premieres in August and stars Schroder as an ex-wrestler who's forced to work with Wall Street consultant Bundy to try and save his family's wrestling school. Rimes stars in Reel Love, which premieres in September and follows the story of a cosmopolitan girl who returns to her small town roots for a family emergency
» Evans To Betsy: Congratulations to Sara Evans, RCA and Sony/Nashville on scoring this week's best-selling country album, Evans' Stronger, which moved more than 55,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan info provided by the label. Lead single "A Little Bit Stronger" has also been certified gold by the RIAA.
» Wall Bling: The RIAA has issued gold certification for Eric Church's "Love Your Love The Most" for exceeding sales of 500,000 copies.
» In Case You Missed It: Last night's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (3/15) hosted Kenny Rogers, who performed "The Gambler" with the Roots and plugged his current Cracker Barrel release The Love Of God. Watch the appearance
» Honky Tonk Hall: The historic Lower Broadway honky tonk Tootsie's Orchid Lounge will be highlighted in a Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum photo exhibit through Sept. 30. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Thirty-Four Steps and Fifty Years opens April 1 and will feature live and candid shots of artists including Jamey Johnson with Mel Tillis and Kenny Chesney with Steve Miller. Details here.
» In Case You Missed It: The Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented by JC PenneyABC-TV special is now available on demand in its entirety here.