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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Family Additions:Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, the JaneDear girls, Little Big Town, Ashton Shepherd, Josh Turner and Chris Young have been added to the LP Field lineup during June 9-12's 2011 CMA Music Festival, which will be taped for an ABC-TV special airing this summer. They join previously announced performers Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, the Band Perry, Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. Details here.
» Blake, White & Redbook All Over: Columbia's Miranda Lambert graces the cover of April's Redbook. A sneak peek at the photo shoot and excerpts from the cover story are already online. On being called the "Lady Gaga of Nashville," Lambert says, "I'm not near as brave as her [laughs], but I take it as a compliment. She's awesome. I guess it's the fact that I don't give a crap what people think. I just am who I am."
» Save The Date: The 2011 CMT Music Awards will be held June 8 in Nashville. Additional details TBA.
» Life Note: According to the Associated Press, Country Music Hall of Famer Ferlin Husky is in critical condition at the Hendersonville Medical Center. A family spokesman tells AP Husky's condition improved yesterday (3/7), and doctors may move him out of the critical care unit soon. Read the full article here.
» Hey, I'm An Outback Man:Alan Jackson headlined the first of six sold-out Australian concerts in Melbourne this weekend. His Down Under debut came Friday (3/4) at the Rod Laver Arena, where he kept the crowd on their feet the entire show. Faves included "Good Time," "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," "Little Bitty" and "I'll Go On Loving You," each of which has spent a month atop the Australian charts. "I always try to figure out if [the hits] they hear on the radio are any different," Jackson says. "With 50-some hits, it’s hard to fit them all in, so I try to find out what may be their favorites." Jackson continues the trek with a three-night stand in Brisbane this week. View concert footage here. Other North American country stars in Australia this weekend included Buxton Hughes (Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes), Emerson Drive, Jack Ingram, Joe Nichols and O'Shea.
» Euro Trip: After a brief two-week break in the States, Taylor Swift is back on the road headlining the European leg of the Speak Now World Tour. Swift launched the trek Sunday (3/6) in Brussels, where fans gathered outside the Forest National Arena at 9am, many hours before show time. "About to start the European tour in Belgium," Swift tweeted before kicking off the set with "Sparks Fly," "That crowd sounds fantastic." In other Swift tour news, a host of artists are confirmed for the North American leg of the tour. Frankie Ballard, Danny Gokey, Hunter Hayes, Josh Kelley, Randy Montana, James Wesley and Charlie Worsham will play selected dates, joining full-tour special guest Needtobreathe. Full schedule here.
» In The Works:Sugarland unofficially kicked off the Incredible Machine tour extension last Thursday (3/3) at the Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo, minus the enormous steampunk-inspired set. In addition to their hits, the duo ripped through a pop medley featuring Britney Spears' "... Baby One More Time," Destiny Child's "Bootylicious" and Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" (Houston Press review here). The gears, wheels and pulleys were back at full steam Friday in Little Rock (3/4) with openers Little Big Town and American Idol alum Casey James on the bill. "After a day of gloomy skies and raindrops, the return of that incredible set ... brightened the Arkansas night, and the smiles on all of your Little Rockin' faces were impossible to resist," Sugarland blogged on their website. "Thanks for having us, thanks for helping us get this Machine up and running." View the full tour schedule here and a tour teaser here.
» After-Party:Jason Aldean has added 14 summer concerts to the My Kinda Party tour. Shows include Milwaukee (7/8), Tampa (7/15), Omaha (7/22), Des Moines (8/12), Louisville (8/20), Pittsburgh (8/26) and Chicago (8/27). Thompson Square and Chris Young will support on select dates. "We’re only warming up!" Aldean says. “It’ll be nice to stop in some places we haven’t been since the new record came out. I’m really looking forward to having Chris and Thompson Square out with us, too. Both are on a roll right now, so it’ll be a great time!” Full itinerary here.
» No BS: One-half of the country power couple Bliranda (Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton) has spilled the beans on their wedding date. Lambert revealed their May 14 nuptials in the Cowboys & Indians cover story, in which she says balancing show biz with regular life is her biggest concern. "I think that's going to be the biggest battle in my life — not only as a wife, but as a person. It'll be an ongoing challenge." Read the full article here.
» Purple Pain: There's something about Columbus, GA that has Darius Rucker at the butt-end of tour pranks. Last year, Rascal Flatts staged a goat show during his opening slot, and most recently Brad Paisley stank up Rucker's set during one of the last H2O Frozen Over tour dates. "When my lights went down, right before I came out, [stage handlers] went out and put globs of old, old limburger cheese on my microphone," Rucker tells the Country Vibe With Chuck And Becca. "I walked out there and I put my hand on it, and it was like, 'Oh my God!' You could smell it. I mean it was just like you walk on the stage and you can just smell it." That wasn't all Paisley pulled. During Rucker's "Purple Rain" cover, a man in a cherub costume dusted Rucker in purple glitter and confetti. Read the full blog post here.
» Real Fine Place To Start:Sara Evans is launching her first album since 2007 this week with appearances on Good Morning America (3/9) and Hannity (3/10). She points to starting a new life with hubby Jay Barker for the delay. "We got married, moved to Birmingham, and took the steps to set everything up – new school, new church, new friends, new house, new everything," she says. The album Stronger is named for its first single "A Little Bit Stronger." The song is also featured on the soundtrack of the Tim McGraw-Gwyneth Paltrow movie Country Strong, but Evans pushed to get it for her album. "They researched it and came back and said, 'Good news: It can be on your album, it can be a single and it will also be on the soundtrack.'" Read more about Stronger below.
In the latest DBTV, Dierks Bentley gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the flashy accessories (or lack-thereof) inside his first and only truck, "Big White."
Jewel is gearing up to release another children's album using the Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon" as a template. Read more on the upcoming project here.
Martina McBride's album cover shoot was so hot, it set off the fire alarm. Watch what happened on the Malibu set here.