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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» Heavy & Swift:Taylor Swift went metal Friday (1/28) during Nashville's invitation-only "Heavy Metal at the Hard Rock" party, which celebrated a lengthy laundry list of career achievements. Swift basked arm-and-arm with her bandmates as industry insiders presented plaques spotlighting several milestones, including selling 13 million albums to-date. "[Making] personal music allows me to have a personal relationship with my fans," Swift said at the event. "They're my friends. I'm looking forward to getting back on the road because at every single fan meet-and-greet we do every night, I have groups of girls who come up to me with their cell phones and [say], 'Look what my ex-boyfriend just texted me!' We're allowed to [be friends] because I'm allowed to make the kind of music that I want to make, and that's due to a lot of people who are here." Swift hugged those honoring her, thanking them for helping launch and sustain her career. In other Swift news, concert footage from her show aboard the Allure of the Seas is viewable online here.
» Well Secluded, They See All:Dierks Bentley is catering to his fans' voyeuristic intentions this week as he webcasts the recording of his sixth studio album from Asheville, NC. The 24-hour live feed doesn't offer sound or a taste of the music, but judging by message board posts, fans don't mind stalking in silence. "I would say I'm a big fan [because] I normally don't sit in front of a computer for five hours watching someone," one fan posts. "I wonder if he's reading this [stream] thinking, 'Creepers.'" Check out the work in progress here.
» Vote A Little Vote:Eric Church, the Band Perry and the JaneDear girls have launched campaigns for 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards votes. Church's video claims "Everyone Is Doing It" in this suggestive clip. TBP show some familial love in their " Our Family Has Grown" video. The JaneDear girls give kudos to fans in this plug. Voting for Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group is currently underway through Feb. 24 here. The ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas Sunday, April 3 on CBS-TV.
» Gleek Out: "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum is getting the Glee treatment following Sunday's (2/6) Super Bowl XLV. The cast will also tackle Michael Jackson's "Thriller" during the postgame episode "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle" on FOX-TV. View a sneak peek here.
» Incredibly Sweet: Life just got sweeter for Sugarland, who logged their fourth platinum album for The Incredible Machine, which has sold more than one million copies. To date, the duo have cumulative sales of more than nine million albums.
» Red Racer:Reba was off to the races this weekend to support her son Shelby Blackstock, whose team came in 18th during his pro-driving debut at the Daytona International Speedway. Reba took in the action track-side. "Watching Shelby on the track racing 170 mph was the biggest rush I've ever had," she blogged. "We're very proud and very thankful to God for keeping him safe." The race airs Saturday (2/5) on the Speed Channel at 3pm ET. Read the full post here.
» Hanging Out Easy:Billy Currington rang in his 10th Top 10 hit "Let Me Down Easy" with a performance on Thursday's Tonight Show With Jay Leno (1/27). Jay Leno and Currington also schmoozed backstage during the appearance. Watch the clip here.
» In Case You Missed It: The Band Perry made the media rounds this week closing Friday's (1/28) Tonight Show With Jay Leno with " If I Die Young," and performing the song on Monday's (1/31) Ellen DeGeneres. Follow the links for the footage.
The Revolution Continues tour extension from Miranda Lambert kicks off Feb. 24 in St. Louis. The trek will feature openers Justin Moore and Josh Kelley on select dates. Full schedule here.
Brad Paisley's H2O Tour will be featured during Friday's (2/4) Modern Marvels on the History Channel at 9pm ET. The episode will include behind-the-scenes footage of what it takes to move a huge production from one city to another in a few short hours.
Admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be free this Saturday (2/5). A Street Corner Symphony performance, a Songwriter Session with Kent Blazy and Cory Batten, and a "Musical Petting Zoo" are among the attractions. Details here.