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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Urban Antebellum Or Lady K? Highlights from the Australian run of Keith Urban's Get Closer 2011 World Tour include sharing the stage with Lady Antebellum in Tamworth (4/12) to perform the Eagles' " Seven Bridges Road." In Melbourne, Urban stoked the crowd with his own " Georgia Woods." "The last time we toured down here was the first time where the crowds have grown exponentially," Urban says in this clip. "Everybody knew every song. The biggest thing was that everybody stood up all night, and that doesn't really happen in Australia. As for Lady A, the trio met some German fans, watched the Masters golf tournament via satellite during a radio interview and fed kangaroos at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Best yet, it's all in their latest Webisode Wednesday! The Get Closer Tour returns to North America July 16 in Biloxi, MS. Schedule here.
» Best Foot Forward: Twitter helped LeAnn Rimes give fan and follower Peggy Joyce the hand-me-down hookup last week. Rimes was posting about a three-hour spring cleaning session, which cued a correspondence between the pair. "Everyone has a vice ... mine are shoes and handbags," Rimes posted last week. Joyce replied, "Anything u want to donate to me? From OH and lost job and have a 16-month-old. Bad year ... I will pay for shipping. Thanks!!" According to People, Joyce scored some of Rimes' summer flip-flops and tennis shoes. More here.
» Girl'd Series: The Academy of Country Music's Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women Of Country airs Friday (4/22). Honorees Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Reba, the Judds, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride are celebrated with a video tribute, a performance salute from another artists, and each then joins in for a collaborative performance. Blake Shelton sings "Famous In A Small Town" for Lambert, who forms the group Pistol Annie with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley for "Hell On Heels." Vince Gill performs "Jesus Take The Wheel" for Underwood, who joins Gill on "How Great Thou Art." Rascal Flatts performs "Why Haven't I Heard From You" for Reba, who joins them for "The Heart Won't Lie." Honoree Loretta Lynn, who was recovering from knee surgery, speaks via satellite video feed. Additional performers include Sara Evans (for the late Tammy Wynette), the JaneDear girls (for Kitty Wells), the Band Perry (for the late Patsy Cline) and Jason Aldean ("She's Country"). Girls' Night Out airs Friday (4/22) at 9pm ET on CBS-TV.
» Inclement Machine: Powerful storms and the threat of tornados forced the cancellation of Sugarland's Incredible Machine tour date in Tuscaloosa, AL Friday (4/15). "We're so sorry the show could not go on last night," the duo posted in a blog Saturday (4/16). "We hope everyone in the area is safe and sound, and that sunny skies come your way very soon." Along with their road crew, Sugarland and openers Little Big Town and Matt Nathanson were evacuated from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to a nearby city building, where they waited out the storm doing yoga, performing mock weather reports and playing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" on their iPads. Video here.
Sugarland has also been added to Friday's LP Field lineup during the 2011 CMA Music Festival (6/10). Additionally, Kelly Clarkson will perform "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Jason Aldean, and Alan Jackson will perform "As She's Walking Away" with Zac Brown Band during their respective sets Thursday (6/9). Here's hoping the Sugars, ZBB and the rest don't run into any "Bolder Weather." See the full CMA Fest lineup here.
» Cooking For Real:Trisha Yearwood is heading to the small screen to host her own daytime cooking Food Network series (air date TBA). The yet-to-be-titled show will premiere during the 2011-2012 season. Details here.
» Apprentice – Raising The Steaks: If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the Celebrity Apprentice kitchen. At least, that seemed to be the theme Sunday (4/17) as teams Backbone and A.S.A.P. were challenged to orchestrate an Omaha Steaks cooking demonstration for company executives. Communication broke down between project manager Gary Busey and the team Backbone members including John Rich, who was tasked with creating the team's three-course Father's Day menu. Aside from the red meat challenge, Rich had a beef with Busey for calling him "boy" off-camera. In the boardroom, Busey claimed he called Rich "kuh-boy," as in "cowboy." Huh? Yep, you guessed it. Busey was fired. Watch the episode here.
» Life Note: Defying the odds, Reba's father Clark is on the upswing after suffering from a stroke that put him in a coma in February. According to The Tennessean, Clark is responsive and recovering at a rehab center. "I'm not kidding, we had planned the funeral three times," Reba tells the Nashville newspaper. "We've selected songs, we've picked out where he's going to be buried, and now he's just done a complete turnaround." More here.
Brad Paisley is among the celebrity guests featured on actor William Shatner's space-inspired covers compilation Searching For Major Tom, which is due later this year. Paisley will back Shatner on guitar and vocals on Steve Miller's "Space Cowboy." Track listing here.
More than 1.7 million viewers tuned into The Juddspremiere on OWN last Sunday (4/10). According to the duo's publicist, the show was the highest-rated premiere on the network. Watch the episode here.
Members of Johnny Cash's family and Arkansas State University have partnered to host the annual Johnny Cash Music Festival Aug. 4 to fund the restoration of the late Country Music Hall of Famer's childhood home in Dyess, AR. Rosanne Cash, John Carter Cash, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson and Rodney Crowell are among the performers donating their time for the inaugural event. More info here.
Glen Campbell (4/22) Rebecca Lynn Howard (4/24)
Tuesday (4/19): Toby Keith, Dancing With The Stars (ABC).
Wednesday (4/20): Gary Allan, The Collection (GAC).
Thursday (4/21): Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS).
Friday (4/22): Various Artists, Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women Of Country — The Concert Of The Year (CBS).