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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Frozen Over And Out:Brad Paisley broke the ice at the last H2O Frozen Over tour date by telling his hometown, "For the next two hours, this is summer 2011!" Celebrity cameos, an impromptu wedding proposal and a high-tech indoor water park were all part of Paisley's star-studded Music City "American Saturday Night" (2/26). During his performance of "Then," applause from the back of the arena drew the audience's attention to a man on one knee proposing to his girlfriend. She said, "Yes." Openers Darius Rucker and Jerrod Niemann joined Sheryl Crow, guitar virtuoso John Jorgensen and a crowd of Paisley colleagues onstage during the finale "Alcohol." Paisley also acknowledged the full-circle wonder of completing a tour in the city where May's floods almost derailed it before it began. "Thank y'all for the best year we've ever had," the CMA Entertainer of the Year said. Read a full review here.
» Executive Mention: In the words of Gloriana's Tom Gossin, the group "rocked out with their Barack out" during last week's The Motown Sound: In Performance At The White House taping. In front of President Obama and First Lady Michelle, the group covered "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," a 1966 Motown hit for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. "This was such an amazing night," Gloriana's Mike Gossin reports post-performance. "[We're] so proud to be part of the Motown tribute ... We got to meet the President and Vice President [as well as] some really cool musicians." The group recapped event highlights in a video blog, viewable here. Sheryl Crow, Natasha Bedingfield, Smokey Robinson and host Jamie Foxx are also among the celebrities on the special airing Tuesday night (3/1) on PBS-TV.
» Boy, Friends:Reba exclusively premiered her new video "If I Were A Boy" Monday (2/28) on oprah.com. The video launch also included an in-depth discussion with the famed redhead on barrel racing, parenting and befriending her heroes. "Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn — those were my heroes growing up," Reba says. "They are still my heroes, and now they're my friends. I have adored them for 30, 40 years. And I've got friends from high school, junior high, first grade, college, band members that I hadn't seen in years that I can still email, and it just picks up like you were talking yesterday. That's pretty special." Read more and watch "If I Were A Boy" here.
» Oscar Country:Country Strong actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban represented country at Sunday's 83rd Academy Awards (2/27). Urban hit the red carpet with wife and Supporting Actress nominee Nicole Kidman. Paltrow performed the Oscar-nominated song "Coming Home" from the movie's soundtrack and hobnobbed with Swift and actress Emma Stone during the Vanity Fair after-party. Paltrow says the song "was written for the movie, and that's kind of an amazing thing to be singing a song that was specifically written for your character." View pics from the VF wrap party here and a complete winners list here.
» Winners Like Me: Congrats to Eric Church and the Band Perry on winning the Academy Of Country Music's Top New Solo and Top New Duo or Group Awards, respectively. "I've been overwhelmed by all the support and enthusiasm surrounding the ACM voting," Church says. "It's been fun to watch that grow and watch you guys spread the word [because] you're never going to hear 'Vote for me' out of my lips." TBP tweets, "Your votes made this possible... Our biggest thanks and love to you all!" The two acts will compete for Top New Artist in second-round voting, which opens March 11 – along with Entertainer of the Year voting – at VoteACM.com. Reigning Top New Artist Luke Bryan will present Church and TBP their trophies this week in Nashville. Details here.
» The Road To Here: When it comes to mixing business and pleasure, Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet has crossed the line ... and his bandmates won't let him forget it. "We said, 'Hey, stay away from her,'" Karen Fairchild says of Rebecca, a former intern at their record label who has since become Sweet's wife. "We tried to avoid each other for a long time, [but] I was done the second I saw her," Phillip admits. The kicker came when Rebecca was tasked with driving a piece of gear from Nashville to an LBT show in Memphis. Sweet said he didn't want the intern having to drive all the way home by herself, and completely unselfishly offered to ditch the tour bus and ride with her. "We were like, 'No, no, no, no, no,'" Fairchild laughs. "They've been together ever since that ride home."
» Full Stream Ahead:Kix Brooks will reveal the Country Music Hall of Fame 2011 inductees during a live webcast Tuesday (3/1) at 9:30am CT (3/1) on Ustream through CMAWorld.com. This year's inductees include a contemporary artist, a heritage artist and a songwriter. The announcement takes place at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Details here.
» Life Note: The country music community is extending best wishes for a speedy recovery to Miranda Lambert, who has canceled her opening slot on Alan Jackson's Australian tour this week because of a respiratory infection. "I was very much looking forward to Australia with Alan Jackson and performing for all the music lovers Down Under," Lambert posts on mirandalambert.com (2/28). The six-date run kicks off Friday (3/4) in Melbourne. View the full post and read a personal message from Miranda's mother Bev here.
Lady Antebellum filmed an acoustic version of "Happy Birthday" for the American Cancer Society's More Birthdays campaign. Watch here.
Meet Little Big Town's new band in this behind-the-scenes rehearsal video.
Trent Willmon (3/6)
Tuesday (3/1): Aaron Lewis, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC); Gloriana, The Motown Sound: In Performance At The White House (PBS).
Wednesday (3/2): Various Artists, Country Comes Home: An Opry Celebration (GAC).
Thursday (3/3): Kenny Chesney, The Making Of "Boys Of Fall" (GAC).
Friday (3/4): Thompson Square, Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).
In Stores Tuesday (3/1)
Aaron LewisTown Line
Staind frontman Lewis solely wrote all seven songs on his country debut album, including single "Country Boy." Charlie Daniels, Chris Young and George Jones guest on the lead track. A bonus "Country Boy" music video featuring Daniels and Jones comes with the iTunes download. The radio edit and acoustic version of the single close the collections.
Upcoming Album Releases
Sara EvansStronger (3/8) Charley PrideChoices (3/8