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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My Kinda Pre-Party: "Being an entertainer is like being on crack," Jason Aldean says figuratively. "If you go without it for a little bit, you start freaking out." The fix is in for Jason and his band Friday (1/21) as they open his My Kinda Party Tour in Little Rock. We got an insider's view of the show during rehearsals this week, and it's a high-tech set. Aldean's current single "Don't You Wanna Stay" benefits from an appearance by Kelly Clarkson. Okay, virtual appearance. "It almost looks like she's live via satellite," Aldean explains. "She can't be there every night, and none of my guys even come close to singing like that or looking like that. So, we had to do something to make her part of the show." The tour launch caps a buzz-worthy week for Aldean, whose My Kinda Party album was just certified platinum for one million copies sold. Party with Aldean, Eric Church and the JaneDear girls at one or more of the dates listed here.
» Here Or There For The Party: Can't make it into the house for the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards? Sugarland have your back. The duo will headline the inaugural ACM Fan Jam at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino concurrent with the ACM broadcast airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena across town. "We sell out our Awards show within minutes of going on sale every year," ACM CEO Bob Romeo says. "With Sugarland's help, the Academy is answering the demand of more and better access to the Awards with the Fan Jam." Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles adds, "It's going to be like hosting our own ACM party for the fans. They'll get to see the show and have their own private show in the same evening! It's like having your biscuit and eating it, too, all in one big jar of Fan Jam!" The satellite concert will include three live remotes into the ACMs, with other performers TBA. Tickets for all awards-related events go on sale Wednesday (1/19) here.
» I'll Stand By You:CMT is crossing Faith Hill and the Pretenders live during the CMT Crossroads telecast Feb. 5 from Grand Prairie, TX, the night before Super Bowl XLV. The show will be staged during the NFL Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam. This is the second time the show has aired live since Toby Keith's Shock 'N Y'All Super Bowl Party: A CMT Crossroads Specialin 2004.
» Smile, St. Paul, MN: You're on "Concert Camera." Rascal Flatts will tape Friday's (1/21) show at the Xcel Energy Center for an ABC-TV special. The taping is scheduled a week into the Flatts' spring tour, and the group's Jay DeMarcus promises the show will be wired in more ways than one. "A lot of different artists say that they can't wait for some time off to kind of recharge their batteries," DeMarcus explains. "For me, it's kind of the opposite ... When I'm off the road, I kind of need to get back on the road to refuel [mine]." Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented By JC Penney will air March 12 at 8pm ET on the network, which is also the close of the spring tour.
» Fore The Love:Darius Rucker is mixing business with pleasure by releasing "Together, Anything's Possible" to support the PGA Tour's charity initiative of the same name. The song is available through iTunes, and proceeds from download sales for one year will benefit PGA Tour charities including the First Tee and a World Golf Foundation. "I think everyone knows my love for gold and music, and this partnership really marries the two," Rucker says. "It's a dream come true." Details and download here.
» Crib Note: The news might go down as the best-kept secret in country celebrity history, so double congrats to Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman on the birth of their second daughter Faith MargaretKidman Urban. The couple announced the birth of Faith Monday (1/17) three weeks after she was welcomed to the world through a gestational carrier Dec. 28. "Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret," the parents said in a joint statement. "No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier." Faith joins two-year-old sister Sunday Rose.
» In Case You Missed It: The Randy Rogers Band rocked "Too Late For Goodbye" on Friday's (1/14) Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Watch the appearance here.
Tim McGraw is raffling off a limited-edition belt buckle in honor of his new scent Silver. The custom design features a black guitar pick set in silver buckle with a rope-patterned edge. For every entry through Feb. 11, fragrance company Coty will donate $1 to McGraw's Neighbor's Keeper Foundation. Register and learn more here.
Wearing a red shirt in honor of military members for redshirtfridays.org, George Strait launched the spring trek of his spring tour with Reba and Lee Ann Womack Friday (1/14) in Austin. Full recap here.
Craig Morgan will embark on his ninth overseas military entertainment run, the Not Alone Tour, for Stars For Stripes Jan. 27. Morgan will stage full-band concerts at five camps and perform acoustic sets at various remote Forward Operating Bases in Iraq and Kuwait through Feb. 3.
"From A Table Away" singer Sunny Sweeney released her self-titled, five-song EP on iTunes Tuesday (1/18). "Drink Myself Single," "Amy," "Staying's Worse Than Leaving" and "Helluva Heart" are also featured. Download here.