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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» Who Will You Pick? Music giveaways, trip sweepstakes, celebrity endorsements, exclusive first-listens – they're just a few of the tricks up the sleeves of this year's ACM newcomer award nominees. And voting closes Thursday! In the Top New Solo Vocalist category it's Eric Church, Easton Corbin and Randy Houser. The New Vocal Duo Or Group contenders are the Band Perry, the JaneDear girls and Steel Magnolia.
Church is a campaign triple-threat with the " Everyone Is Doing It" clip, a sweepstakes for a 2011 CMA Music Festival trip and a free download of his new single "Homeboy." Corbin has floated an acoustic track and a chance to win a trip for two to see him in concert. Houser posted an acoustic performance of his upcoming single " In God's Time" and works his celebrity connections with Kid Rock, Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice for his campaign.
TBP offers up a free acoustic version of " Hip To My Heart" and even got their grandmother Betty Lou involved in this Bob Dylan-inspired campaign piece. The JaneDear girls cast YouTube phenomenon Keenan Cahill in " We Need Ya Vote." And Steel Magnolia get a vote from the telecast's host Blake Shelton in their reminder clip. Get your choices in by noon ET Thursday (2/24) at VoteACM.com.
» Hall And Odes: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame has named Garth Brooks among its 2011 inductees to be celebrated during the 42nd Annual Induction And Awards Dinner June 16. "I want to thank the Songwriters Hall of Fame for this distinguished honor," Brooks says. "To consider myself a 'songwriter' is something I find hard to agree with, for it is the songwriter that is the most gifted and most important ingredient in the music formula. I am humbled and flattered by this award and want to thank the songwriters I have written with in the past. I feel it is because of them I am receiving this award." John Bettis (Michael Jackson's "Human Nature"), Leon Russell (Joe Cocker's "Delta Lady"), Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly (Madonna's "Like A Virgin") and Allen Toussaint (Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights") will also be inducted. Full release here.
» Lap Of De-Luxury:Keith Urban has released the Get Closer Deluxe Edition through iTunes. Additional tracks include the previously unreleased songs "Big Promises," "The Luxury Of Knowing" and "Winning," as well as the live tracks "Once In A Lifetime," "You Look Good In My Shirt," "Better Life" and "Everybody" from the Love, Pain & the whole crazy thing Atlanta concert. Additionally, the free iTunes Download of the Week is "Georgia Woods," which was written on Waylon Jennings' guitar. "I wanted to use the guitar on some writing sessions and the riff that starts 'Georgia Woods' came straight out of that guitar," Urban says. "It’s like playing a holy grail." Follow the links for the content.
» So Much Cooler Than Online:Brad Paisley got a little track on the tires as the honorary pace car driver during Sunday's Daytona 500 (2/20). Still coming down from the adrenaline rush, Paisley tweeted a play-by-play recap of his NASCAR debut. Paisley posted: "Wow! I think I won like three laps! Wait. What?" "Seriously, driving the pace car was about the most ridiculously exciting thing I've ever done. And Jeff Gordon was bumping me, tradin' paint!" "Looking in your rearview mirror and seeing that sight is something I may never top." Paisley also performed "Water," "Mud On The Tires" and "This Is Country Music" during FOX-TV's pre-race coverage.
» Mac The Life:Reba is going book-crazy with her new Apple iPad. "The best thing about it, and what I use my iPad for more than anything, is reading," Reba says. "'Cause you'll say, 'Oh, I just read the greatest book The Art of Racing in the Rain.' 'Who's it by?' 'Garth Stein.' I go download it immediately."
» You Had Me At Help: The day after the Knoxville premiere his The Color Orange: The Condredge HollowayStory, Kenny Chesney sought some changes in latitudes with Jimmy Buffett for a good cause. At Buffett's invitation, Chesney performed the Everglades Foundation benefit Thursday (2/19) in Palm Beach, FL where the two performed "Back Where I Come From" and Buffett's "Come Monday." "Restoring and protecting future damage to the Everglades is very important to me," Chesney says. "Hopefully this helped bring some attention to a very important cause." Coral Reefer Mac MacAnally also joined Chesney on "Down The Road," which McAnally wrote. Learn more or donate directly here.
» Care Check: Tennessee State Treasury Department employees have contributed $2,100 to Jimmy Wayne's Meet Me Halfway campaign to battle child homelessness. The group adopted Wayne's cause as their charitable project for the month of December; Wayne trekked nearly 1,700 miles from Nashville to Phoenix last year to raise awareness of the issue.
» Picture To Turn ... Stile: The six best fan photos of CMA Music Fest will be used as artwork on official CMA Fest tickets as part of a contest. The grand prize-winner will receive two Gold Circle four-day tickets to the 2012 event. Details here.
» In Case You Missed It:Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson rocked "Don't You Wanna Stay" on Tuesday's Ellen DeGeneres (2/22). Watch the appearance here.
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During this weekend's launch of The Revolution Continues tour extension, Miranda Lambert became the first artist in the history of Billy Bob's Texas to sell-out a two-night stand at the iconic Ft. Worth venue. Details here.
The Country Strong DVD will be released April 12.
The six-episode docu-series The Judds premieres on the Oprah Winfrey Network April 10 at 9pm ET.
Mac McAnally is the sixth artist to get a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. McAnally's landmark is in Belmont, MS and joins similar markers dedicated to Jimmie Rodgers, Marty Stuart and more.
Steve Holy (2/23) Sammy Kershaw (2/24)
The late Faron Young (2/25)
The late Johnny Cash (2/26) Jason Aldean (2/28)
Wednesday (2/23): Colt Ford, The Teriot Family: Riot In The Bayou (MTV); Kellie Pickler, Ellen DeGeneres (syndicated).
Thursday (2/24): Dierks Bentley, Dierks Bentley Live At the Ryman (GAC).
Friday (2/25): Chris Young, Top 20 Country Countdown (GAC).
Upcoming Album Releases
Aaron LewisTown Line (3/1) Sara EvansStronger (3/8) Charley Pride (3/8)