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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» You Win My Love:Shania Twain will make her first appearance at the CMA Music Festival this year, and she's bringing an entire Oprah Winfrey show audience with her. Last appearing at the event in 1996 when it was still called Fan Fair, Twain surprised the Oprah crowd during her appearance today (5/3) with Gaylord Opryland Resort accommodations, two-day festival passes and a private brunch. "People were crying, screaming," Sandbox Entertainment's Jason Owen says. "You wouldn't believe how excited they were and how thrilled Shania was to make this experience possible for the fans." The 2011 CMA Music Festival runs June 9-12 in Nashville. Details here.
» In Case You Missed It:Shania Twain sat for her first television interview in five years on Tuesday's (5/3) Oprah Winfrey show and discussed how her tumultuous childhood and the breakdown of her marriage contributed to her inability to mount a musical comeback. "Life unravels the way it does, and it has an effect on you, but you have to take responsibility for dealing with it," Twain told Winfrey. "So that's what this is about. I'm not happy not singing. I want to sing." Twain also plugged her autobiography From This Moment On, the OWN show Why Not? With Shania Twain and surprised the audience with trips for everyone to the 2011CMA Music Festival. Twain also promoted the book on Wednesday's (5/4) Today show.
On Tuesday's The Voice, Blake Shelton filled the four remaining spots of his eight-person team with recruits Sara Oromchi (John Lennon's "Imagine"), Tyler Robinson (Train's "Hey, Soul Sister"), Serabee (Dusty Springfield's "Son Of A Preacher Man") and Dia Frampton (Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly").
» Hot Topic:Taylor Swift (No. 20) and Julianne Hough (No. 48) are among the celebrities featured in Maxim's "Hot 100" list. Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Perfect Couples' Olivia Munn, Pop's Katy Perry, actress Cameron Diaz and Black Swan's Mila Kunis are the top five, respectively. Full list here.
» Spare Change Would Do You Good:CMT has named Sheryl Crow spokesperson for the network's pro-social initiative CMT One Country in conjunction with the 2011 CMT Music Awards. Crow and her charity work with CMTOC partner Feeding America are the cover story of the Ladies' Home Journal June issue, which hits newsstands May 10. Since 2008, CMTOC has donated more than $200,000 to CMT Music Award winners' selected charities. More here.
» CMT Party:Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland will perform during the 2011 CMT Music Awards. Voting continues at CMT.com though June 7, and text-to-vote polls open at the beginning of the June 8 broadcast for the final Video of the Year nominees.
» Gold Alabama: Arista's Brad Paisley will donate royalties from "Old Alabama" digital sales to American Red Cross storm relief efforts in the state. According to WSMV-TV/Nashville, Paisley announced the initiative during Tuesday's (5/3) Play On, Nashville Opry Jam, which recognized the anniversary of the 2010 flood. Details here, and donate directly here.
» Poker Faces: The Rapids Jam Throwdown Hold 'Em Benefit poker tournament will kick off the three-day Roanoke Rapids, NC festival June 16. Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Brantley Gilbert, Randy Houser, Lukas Nelson and Drake White are among the participants. Registrants will also get a VIP pass to the opening night of the festival and a barbeque meet-and-greet lunch with the artists, as well as access to live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit Unite The United Foundation and the MusiCares Foundation. More here.