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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» Scotty Grow Grow Grows His Vote:So what's next for Nashville Star – uh, we mean American Idol – winner Scotty McCreery, who edged Lauren Alaina Wednesday night (5/25)? The 17-year-old Garner, NC native and 16-year-old Rossville, GA singer both have new singles out – "Love You This Big" and "Like My Mother Does," respectively. The songs are at No. 1 and No. 3 on the iTunes singles chart. Media appearances include June 2's Today show and Aug. 12's Good Morning America. And shouldn't someone invite them to play the big stage at the June 9-12 CMA Music Festival in Nashville?
In their free time, the pair may have a few nickels to rub together, as well. The Associated Press reports that McCreery's record contract includes a $250,000 advance, with runner-up Alaina in for $87,500, which will be doubled if she records an album. Scotty's parents, on the other hand, may have plans for his loot. His hometown WRAL-TV interviewed mom and dad, who say their son plans to continue his education and hopes to attend Nashville's star-making Belmont University while working on his burgeoning music career.
» Sara's Party Seen:Sara Evans celebrated her recent No. 1 hit "A Little Bit Stronger" in Nashville Wednesday (5/25), her first such gathering since "A Real Fine Place To Start" topped the charts in 2005. Evans hobnobbed with Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott who, after a rough breakup, co-wrote the track with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey. "It was pretty much out of a really bad Lifetime movie," Scott says of the relationship that inspired the song. "I had it as a note in my phone ... every day that goes by that I'm not in contact with him I get stronger." The tune went on to be featured in Country Strong and became an anthem for Evans' fans. "I had no idea that it would have the emotional response that it's had," Evans says. "I've had people come up to me every single day and say, 'Oh my gosh, your song's helped me through so much. It's been my theme song.'" Sara performed "Stronger" on Tuesday's Dancing With The Stars finale (5/24). Watch here.
» The Show (And Town) Must Go On:Kenny Chesney wasn't sure that carrying on with his planned tour stop in Tuscaloosa was appropriate following April's tornadoes, but Wednesday night's show (5/25) changed his mind. "I didn't know if we were doing the right thing," he admits. "But after tonight I am convinced that this town needed something to look forward to." Guests included Uncle Kracker and Mac McAnally, with Chesney's performance of Alabama's "My Home's In Alabama" becoming what the singer called "as emotional of a moment that we have ever had onstage."
Chesney lunched with University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban, who has donated $50,000 toward rebuilding. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox thanked Kenny and team for donating show proceeds to GiveTuscaloosa.com. Contributions are still being accepted online, by phone (205-758-7588) and by mail (checks payable to "Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund," P.O. Box 020410, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401).
» Swap Meet:The tornado relief benefits that Oklahomans Blake Shelton and Reba performed this week in their home state were no ordinary shows. Rather than straight-up sets of their hits, the two performers traded hits. "This is beginning to feel a little bit like a song war," Shelton said, according to News OK. "I've got four songs. You've got 80." Reba replied, "I'm over here if you need me." The Durant, OK concerts benefited the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Donations are still being accepted via text ("OKGIVE" to 27722 for a $10 donation) and by mail (checks payable to Tushka Disaster Relief Fund, 101 SE 1st Street, Tushka, OK 74525). Full review here.
Luke Bryan and the Doobie Brothers are the latest pairing to perform CMT Crossroads. The episode will feature Bryan's "Rain Is A Good Thing," "Do I" and "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)," and the DBs' "Black Water," "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove." "Their music was such an iconic part of my growing up," Bryan says. The special will be taped before an invitation-only Nashville audience and airs June 24.
» I Can Ride For Miles & Miles:Dierks Bentley's Columbus, OH Miles & Music For Kids charity motorcycle ride raised more than $143,000 for the local Nationwide Children's Hospital. Approximately 1,000 bikers covered the eight-mile stretch, which ended with a concert for an additional 4,000 attendees. Miles & Music events in Chicago and Nashville also are planned for this year with dates TBA. More here.
» Mezcal For My Men...:What's in that glass, Toby Keith? Anyone who's been to his show recently may have asked that question following the Big Dog Daddy's customary "Beer For My Horses" toast to firefighters, soldiers and law enforcement. And now we know! Turns out, Keith will "raise up his glass" with a stiff pour of his own Wild Shot Mezcal. "The tradition and history of Mezcal is magical to me, and dates back to 16th-century warriors celebrating the defeat of their enemies," Keith says. And that ties in nicely to the theme of the song, eh?
» In Case You Missed It:Brad Paisley and Alabama performed "Old Alabama" during Tuesday's Good Morning America (5/24) and Wednesday's (5/25) The View, as Paisley promoted the release of This Is Country Music. "I love country music and I love being a part of it," he told GMA's Robin Roberts. "We wrote this album as a way of saying this is how we see it."