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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McGraw's Lips Service: We don't want to say this will be Tim McGraw's biggest year ever ... but it sure felt good on our lips. McGraw has opened the year with two straight weeks at No. 1 for his single "Felt Good On My Lips." His starring role in Country Strong and announcement of the Emotional Traffic tour round out what for many artists would be a full year. And while chart-topping music is familiar ground for him, landing movie roles is still a challenge. "When any director, producer [or] casting director looks at me to put in a movie, they've got to think, '[Is he] going to be a distraction?'" McGraw explained on Thursday's (1/6) Chelsea Lately. "They don't want [an audience] to go into a theater and every time I come on the screen they go, 'Oh, there's that country-singing guy. What's he doing up there?' I thought it would be too much to ask of an audience to see me as a character in my world." His next role may be more of a departure. McGraw revealed on Good Morning America that he's doing his next film with Denzel Washington. Follow the links for the footage.
» Fresh Produce: Filmmaker Kenny Chesney ... that's right ... is back behind the camera. He's producing the one-hour ESPN special The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story, which will premiere Feb. 20. "Condredge has meant so much to so many and is a very important figure in my life and to the history of college football," Chesney says of the first black quarterback to start for an Southeastern Conference school. "I'm excited ... to tell his story, to show his journey and to help show the world just how influential he was to how the game is played today and how many doors he opened for so many athletes that have followed in his footsteps." Color Orange is part of the channel's Year of the Quarterback initiative and joins last year's The Boys Of Fall in Chesney's documentary-making oeuvre. (Ed. Note: It's a French word meaning "collected works" or something. We had to look it up.)
» Feliz Año Nuevo:Reba is making progress on following through with her New Year's resolution — from 2009. "Three years ago I bought the Rosetta Stone Spanish CD Program," she says of her resolve to learn the language. "Last year, I got it out of the box and put it in my CD carrier. It went everywhere with me. This year, I got it out of my CD carrier and I have now downloaded it into my laptop." Despite the best of intentions, she's already gotten sidetracked. "I guess you're wondering how my Spanish lessons are coming along," she posted Monday (1/10). "Well, I haven't had one lesson yet. We got back home after the holidays and I went into a closet/pantry cleaning/cooking frenzy." Read the full entry here.
» Know Wynn To Hold 'Em: The next series of Garth Brooks concerts at the Wynn Las Vegas' Encore Theater are March 25-26, April 8-9, June 3-4, June 24-25 and July 22-23. Show times are 8pm and 10:30pm, and tickets are $253 total (available beginning Jan. 15 at 10am). Complete list of dates and ticket information here.
» Take Another Little Piece Of My Art:Faith Hill can add florist to her resume now that she's teamed with Teleflora to launch the bouquet line "The Collection By Faith Hill." She's featured in a TV ad that will premiere Feb. 6 during Super Bowl XLV. "It's been a lot of fun designing a line of hand-arranged bouquets with Teleflora," Hill says. "They're a great company that takes pride in their products, their flowers and in their commercials. I can't think of any better way to kickoff this partnership than with an ad during the Super Bowl." View the bouquets here.
» In Case You Missed It:Jay and Allison DeMarcus' three-week-old daughter Madeline Leigh made her television debut Saturday (1/8) on CMT Insider. Meet Madeline here.
According to Yahoo! Movies, the national Country Strong release came in sixth at the weekend box office with $7.3 million in ticket sales. Complete ranking here.
A barn on Charlie Daniels' property outside Nashville burned to the ground Friday (1/7). No injuries were sustained and no damage to Daniels' home was reported. Daniels and wife Hazel were in Colorado during the incident. Full article here.
CMT.com will webcast Live In Nashville: the JaneDear girls Thursday (1/13) at 6pm CT from Nashville's 12th and Porter. The "Wildflower" duo will preview tracks from their self-titled debut album, which hits stores Feb. 1.
Naomi Judd (1/11) Keith Anderson (1/12) Ray Price (1/12) Ricky Van Shelton (1/12) Trace Adkins (1/13)