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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» Kenny Kicks Off Summer More than 50,000 fans went coastal with Kenny Chesney Saturday night in Tampa (3/19) at the first of his 11 stadium shows and second stop of his 2011 Goin' Coastal Tour. "I saw the first show in West Palm Beach (3/17) and the stadium show in Tampa," our insider reports. "Both are great, one's just on steroids." The stadium-show entrance was under wraps until the Saturday date. "You know the camera-on-wires they use at NFL games? He was on that kind of setup, so instead of coming in on a straight line like a zip-line, he was able to move around about 30-50 feet over the audience. He probably had two minutes of airtime before hitting the stage with probably a minute left in the first song." Setting Chesney up were Uncle Kracker, Billy Currington and the Zac Brown Band, who hosted an eat-and-greet for fans prior to the show and mixed Van Morrison and Charlie Daniels Band covers in their set.
For the encore, ZBB and Chesney played a 20-minute super-group jam, which included "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," along with Alabama's "Dixieland Delight," Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' "Runnin' Down A Dream." Celebrity sightings at the Sunshine State dates included NFL greats Joe Namath, Jason Witten, Wes Welker and Jon Gruden; and MLB players Nick Swisher, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay and John Smoltz. Read the West Palm review here and the Tampa review here.
» Almost Dunn: Former Brooks & Dunn crooner Ronnie Dunn's self-titled solo album hits stores June 7. Dunn wrote or co-wrote eight of 12 songs. "It's autobiographical," Dunn says in a blog post. "There is something in each song that I've lived or that I'm living. I'm hoping that you'll find something to take with you as you listen, as well. We all bleed red, ya know." That first single joins titles including "How Far To Waco," "Cost Of Livin'" and "Last Love I'm Tryin'" in the collection. Details here.
» How Does Your Garden Grow:Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Reba, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band with James Taylor have been added to rock the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards. They join previously announced performers and Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell and American Idol's Ryan Seacrest have been added as presenters. The ACMs air live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena April 3 at 8pm ET on CBS-TV.
» From This OWN It's On:Why Not? With Shania Twainhas landed a May 8 premiere date on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The series makes its network debut at 11pm ET following the season finale of The Judds, which premieres April 10. "This journey is about learning – learning about myself, growing and coming to terms with a lot of things," Twain says in a show sneak preview. "We are throwing caution to the wind, and we are just saying, 'All right, Life, if this is my moment, then here I am.'" Why Not? follows Twain on a global self-discovery tour beginning with a homecoming trip to Timmins, ON. The show continues with visits to vocal coaches and music industry figures Gladys Knight, Lionel Richie and David Foster as she works back toward performing. More info here.
» Car-tune Character: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.
» Hi Flatts Diet: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.
» Vol & Cheer:Craig Morgan received honorary lifetime membership from the Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Department Saturday (3/19) at the Grand Ole Opry. The presentation recognized Morgan's efforts in recently rescuing two young children from a Dickson, TN house fire. He received a custom helmet featuring his department ID, No. 565. "I'm humbled by this kind of recognition," Morgan said. "They are the real hometown heroes."
» Philadelphia Sound: Country couple Joshua Scott Jones and Megan Linsey may star as the duo Steel Magnolia, but they may never have met without a bit of brotherly inspiration. That's certainly the case for Jones, who blames his brother Sean for getting him hooked on music at the age of five. "My brother would make me makeshift guitars," Jones says. "He'd take a string and tie it to a stick, and then he'd fold a magazine over part of the stick so it looked like a guitar. I'd jump around [with] my fake guitar and I'd sing songs."
» Clay Nation: For Josh Kelley, songwriting is life, and the proof is on the March 22 release Georgia Clay. "My mom used to tell me, 'Write songs that people can relate to you and you'll go far,'" Kelley says. As a country artist he says he is "afforded that opportunity of writing relatable songs. I can write about my little baby girl. I can write about my wife. I can write about us moving ... this is the perfect time for me and my gabby self to be in country music." Kelley wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks of his country debut including the title track, which was co-written with his brother Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum). Read more on the release below.
» In Case You Missed It: During Friday's The View (3/18), Billy Ray Cyrus discussed his father-daughter relationship with Miley Cyrus, his GQ interview about Hannah Montana and performed "Runway Lights" from his upcoming album I'm An American. "I did try to be a friend and I tried to be a dad, too," Cyrus tells The View co-hosts about raising Miley. "I look back on it and I go, 'Man, I sure ain't perfect.' I wish there was a manual on how to be a perfect dad." Also in NYC, John Rich survived another week on the Celebrity Apprentice. On Sunday's "Unhappy Campers" episode, Rich co-wrote a theme song for a Camping World challenge. Watch the full episode here.
Sugarland will perform on Thursday's American Idol (3/24). In case you can't wait to get your Sugar fix, check out the duo covering Madonna's "Like A Prayer" with Little Big Townhere.
According to boxofficemojo.com, The Lincoln Lawyer featuring Trace Adkins earned more than $13.4 million during its debut box office weekend.
Foster & Lloyd will release their first studio album in 21 years, titled It's Already Tomorrow April 19. "We decided to start getting together once a month to write," Radney Foster says. "Soon the songs were pouring out, and we knew we needed to get back in the studio." Pre-order and details here.
Steve Holy is offering a chance to win a trip for two to the Bahamas in the "Steve Holy Flyaway" sweepstakes through March 28. The prize package includes roundtrip airfare to Paradise Island, two-night hotel accommodations at the British Colonial Hilton, a Holy concert and meet-and-greet. Complete rules and details here.
Jennifer Hudson covered Brooks & Dunn's " Believe" during Monday's Good Morning America. The cover is also included on her current album I Remember Me, which is in stores now.
Jimmy Wayne's first novel Paper Angels hits stores Nov. 1. Read more about the book here.