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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» Marlee & He:Country's John Rich squares off with Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin on Sunday's (5/22) live Celebrity Apprentice finale. The episode will reveal the winner of the show's final challenge, which was initiated on last week's show, with the apprentice Donald Trump ultimately chooses earning another $250,000 for their charity. "Obviously I don't know who won the 7UP task, but after seeing what they did and knowing what we did, I think we slam-dunked that thing," Rich told us this week.
As for his strategy for the final boardroom, John says, "It's not going to be about attacking Marlee. And she's not going to attack me, either. We're not enemies. We're two people who have cases to make. As a body of work for this whole season, I think I beat her, lick-for-lick, task-for-task. If I win this 7UP task, then I've beaten her two out of three times in direct competition. And that's hard to argue with."
Rich and Matlin appeared on Thursday's (5/19) Today show to promote the finale. "There were so many things that could sidetrack you in this process," Rich told Matt Lauer. "Marlee and I stayed focused on our charities, and I think that's why we're in the final two in the end." Watch the appearance here. FOX News' FOX & Friends (5/20), NBC-TV's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (5/20) and the Ellen DeGeneres show (5/25) are also on Rich's appearance schedule. If Rich becomes the first country Celebrity Apprentice, he'll appear on Monday's (5/23) Today, Access Hollywood and Regis & Kelly.
» Letting O:Rascal Flatts were among the celebrity guests participating in Tuesday night's (5/17) Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular Part I taping in Chicago. Oprah Winfrey Show staff and producers requested that the band perform "I Won't Let Go" during the episode (airing May 23) because the lyrics express their feelings toward Winfrey. "We were proud to be a part of closing out such a wonderful chapter in her history," Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus said. "And it was an amazing event, and hope everybody enjoys watching it." Aretha Franklin, Michael Jordan, Alicia Keys and Gayle King also appeared. The final Oprah — ever — airs May 25.
» Bridge Over Bubbled Waters:Kid Rock will return as the CMT Music Awards host for June 8's telecast. "Hosting the CMT Awards was a wonderful bridge to a great after-party," he told Us Weekly. "I'm looking forward to crossing that bridge again this year." More here.
» Aussie Play Dates:Carrie Underwood will launch her first-ever Australian promotion tour mid-June to plug Play On: Deluxe Edition, which drops June 10 Down Under. The Deluxe Edition comes with an additional six-track No. 1 hits collection featuring "Don't Forget To Remember Me," "Jesus, Take The Wheel" and others. Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are among the Play dates, with a full schedule TBA. Underwood says, "I've always dreamed of playing in Australia, and hope to have time to explore some of the sights this amazing country has to offer." Soul Surfer also opens in Oz later this month.
» Medaling Business:The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will roll out the red carpet Sunday (5/22) for the 2011 inductees Reba, Bobby Braddock ("He Stopped Loving Her Today," "People Are Crazy" songwriter) and Jean Shepard ("Second Fiddle [To An Old Guitar]," "The Root Of All Evil Is A Man"). All will be saluted during the annual invitation-only medallion ceremony. The Wall Street Journal posted a Shepard spotlight article which covers her rise to prominence and pending induction. Details on the event here.
» Gown & Country:Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Blake Shelton are on the current cover of Us Weekly, which is on newsstands now. Miranda tells the magazine she wore her mother's wedding gown for the ceremony with custom cowboy boots. "My parents have been married for 33 years, so this dress is already a good-luck charm," she said. More here.
» Cover Whirl:Taylor Swift is InStyle's June cover story. Inside the issue available Friday (5/20), Swift discusses finding love, becoming a homeowner, her beauty must-haves and her biggest fear. "I'm most scared by the thought of prolonged, perpetual unhappiness and of unfulfillment," Swift says. "I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about. It's not that I live in a delusional fantasy where I'm just smiling every day. I definitely feel pain, but there is also this need to be grateful for what I've been given." More here.
» 'Bama Rising:The country community is stepping up to aid Alabama storm victims, with Alabama fittingly spearheading Bama Rising: A Benefit Concert For Tornado Recovery. Scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 at Birmingham's BJCC Arena, the Verizon-presented show will also feature performances by Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Atkins, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Jake Owen, Darius Rucker and more. Alabama's Randy Owen helped announce the lineup at a press conference Tuesday (5/17), saying, "I hope we can all pull together to help get through the worst natural disaster I've ever seen in Alabama." Tickets go on sale Friday (5/20) at ticketmaster.com, with prices ranging from $25 to $150. For more details, click here.
» Pickin' Up What They're Throwin' Down:Proceeds from June 5's Country Throwdowndate in Orange Beach, AL will benefit tornado relief efforts in the state. Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Caitlyn Smith and Adam Hood will donate their performance fees from the concert. Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Lee Brice and Drake White will contribute, as well. "I am saddened by the devastation in Alabama," Nelson says. "I believe this will assist the relief effort in that state to help people in real need." A free eight-song iTunes sampler featuring Country Throwdown artists is available here, and the tour has launched the Harley-Davidson On The Road Report web series here.
» In Case You Missed It:During Tuesday night's (5/17) second battle round of The Voice, Blake Shelton chose Jared Blake to advance to June's live broadcasts. Blake beat the duo Elenowen during their performance of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Reba advised. Full episode here.
Taylor Swift will stream two songs during Saturday's (5/21) Speak Now ... Help Now benefit dress rehearsal through her website, UStream channel, Facebook page and MySpace page. The feed begins at 9pm CT. More here.
Speaking of Swift, she also leads country artists at No. 7 on Forbes' "Celebrity 100." Brad Paisley (No. 48), Toby Keith (No. 51) and Tim McGraw (No. 61) are also listed. Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, U2 and Elton John are the top five, respectively. Data culled from several sources including Google, Lexis-Nexis and Nielsen are entered into an algorithm to determine the ranking. Full list here.
NBC-TV has renewed The Voice for a second season. The series will return mid-season on Mondays at 8pm ET as the lead-in to the musical drama Smash. The coaching lineup is TBA. More here.
Eventful and Ashton Shepherd have created a social networking contest for the chance to host Shepherd's Where Country Grows album release concert. Participants have through June 30 to "demand" their city host the show. They can campaign for their town through Facebook and Twitter via Eventful's Demand It! platform. Learn more here.
HLN-TV's Robin Meade will be promoting her debut country album Brand New Day during the 2011 CMA Music Festival. Meade will perform at 11:45am June 12 on the Lay's Stage at the Bridgestone Plaza and participate in the Fan Fair Hall.