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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Making Memories Of Them: If anyone can tackle the history of country music in a one-night, 10-artist set, it might be Keith Urban. That's the plan for the All For The Hall benefit concert Tuesday (10/5), as Urban's asked all the performers to play favorite songs by one of their country music heroes. "I wanted to do something different from last year, and the most important thing [about this event] is the history of country music," Urban says. "Every artist I know ... has a strong connection with country music, although their current presentation of it may not sound anything like Conway Twitty or Ernest Tubb. But it's there, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to not only tip our hat to the past, but also to show fans how their favorite artists got here today. It felt like a good win-win." Country Music Hall of Famers Vince Gill, Dolly Parton and Charley Pride, as well as Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Billy Currington and John Mayer will support Urban in his ambitious goal to not only chronicle classic country, but to also beat last year's total of nearly $500,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For more Urban news, see below.
» Hooked On Phonics: The iPhone has Toby Keith hooked on capturing, well, hooks. For Tuesday's (10/5) Bullets In The Gun, Keith logged more than 60 song ideas, melodies and hooks using his handy iPhone app. "For years I carried a little voice recorder around to collect my thoughts for songwriting," Keith says. "But they're like sunglasses; you lose them. [But] you always have your phone with you, and it's backed up every time you dock it at home. So if you lose your phone, you're only going to lose whatever you put on there since you docked it. For me, it's the greatest thing that's happened to songwriting since the invention of the pencil [in that] the quality of the ideas were turned up tremendously, and it showed through on this album." The result is Keith's 10-track 14th studio effort, featuring singles "Trailerhood" and "Bullets In The Gun." Read more on the release below.
» Harvesting Creativity: While hitting the road on his four-city Farm Tour, Luke Bryan launched the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship. The fund will support one student from a deserving farming family in each Georgia town Bryan played. Participating schools include Bryan's alma mater Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University, the University of West Georgia and Mercer University.
» Band Aid: More than 35,000 concertgoers rang in Farm Aid's silver anniversary Saturday (10/2). Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johnson, the Randy Rogers Band, organization co-founder Willie Nelson and surprise guest Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) performed. And the show raised more than $2 million to support family farmers. Read the full USA Today review here and watch the Nelson-Tyler duet "One Time Too Many" here.
» Put Me In Your Song:Keith Urban and Guitar Center have teamed to offer unsigned artists the chance to record a three-song EP with a guest appearance by Urban. The Guitar Center's Your Next Record With Keith Urban contest also offers the winner a $10,000 Guitar Center credit, $10,000 in new gear and endorsement deals, an opening slot on an Urban show and an iTunes feature highlighting their single. "I think we've all heard someone whose musical talents blow us away, and sometimes all that stands between their garage and an arena is a chance," Urban says. "That's what [the contest] is all about." Learn more and enter through Nov. 30 here.
» Here For The Money:Gretchen Wilson and Dollar General have partnered to offer a chance to win $1 million through the stores' Country Million Sweepstakes. Entrants must be at least 21 years old and reside in one of the chain's 35-state markets. Details here.
» Music City Pretty:Nashville Lifestyles has named Rodney Atkins, Billy Currington and Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) among its 2010 Most Beautiful People. Along with their best glamour shot, each entrant dished about what's beautiful to them. "She is stunning from every angle," Atkins says of his wife Tammy Jo. "She radiates not only light, but a guiding, uplifting light that attracts you and ignites the best in you when you're around [her] ... [Also] the view from the Opry stage is amazing." View the full list here.
» Life Note: Best wishes to Keith Anderson and longtime girlfriend Lauren Woodruff on their engagement. Anderson popped the question last week beachside in Ft. Walton, FL, and the couple will marry this fall.
Taylor Swift is back stateside after hitting up fashion weeks in Italy and France at designer Roberto Cavalli's invitation. View the photos from the European trek here.
Tim McGraw spoke about the importance of domestic violence prevention during Saturday's (10/2) Men Stopping Violence awards in Atlanta, where he was recognized for his Neighbor's Keeper Fund efforts. Read more here.
Jack Ingram gives an intimate performance of "Biloxi" during this week's Acoustic Motel series. Watch here.