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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Hooray For Hollywood: Music City's biggest stars are headed to Hollywood this week for Sunday's multi-genre musical behemoth, the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (2/13). Leading country nominees Lady Antebellum are in six categories and joke they can't wait to be Eminem's purse-holders. "We'll probably be clapping for Eminem the whole night," says Lady A's Charles Kelley, who predicts the rapper will be the night's top winner. "But we're going to soak it in, enjoy the night and try not to put too much pressure on the [evening]. To be nominated that many times and to be representing country music ... we feel pretty special about that."
Best Male Country Vocal nominee Chris Young says he owes much of his success to "Getting' You Home." "If you look at where I was a couple years ago ... everything's just turned around, and it really started with that song. So, to be nominated for that is just extra-special." Three-time nominee Miranda Lambert just hopes she can keep herself together during her performance. "It takes a lot to get there," she says. "I get nervous for live television, period, not to mention everybody who's ever had talent in their lives will probably be in the room." Other Los Angeles-bound country artists are Zac Brown (four-time nominee with Zac Brown Band), Dierks Bentley (three-time nominee), Jewel, Kris Kristofferson, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. Lady A, Lambert and Martina McBride (in a tribute to Aretha Franklin) will perform. Nominees' list here.
» When She Reigns, It 'Pores: The Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 kicked off in front of a sold-out crowd of almost 10,000 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium this week (2/9). Attendees camped out 24 hours before the 90-minute concert, which featured two stages, video spots, graphic elements and multiple set and costume changes. "That show ruled," Swift tweeted after the show. "Thank you, Singapore. My band and I love you. And your dancing and jumping and singing and screaming! Good times." The trek continues Friday (2/11) in Seoul, South Korea and will hit 15 countries before opening the North American leg May 27 in Omaha. Complete itinerary here.
» Crazy In Love: Country stars give their twist on Valentine's Day by sharing crazy pickup lines, dates, connections and proposals.
"I was actually singing backup for a gospel artist and we had just done a show in Decatur, AL. A lady came up, and [she] was standing there with her daughter just talking, and I knew at that moment that I was looking at my future wife. It was the weirdest thing ever." — Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox on how he met his wife Tara
"The worst date I ever had was actually probably my first date ever. I was 16, going out on a date with a guy a bit older ... like 18 ... We go out, and he really just didn't put that much thought into it. We just went to the mall and were going to a movie. But I was 16 and couldn't get into any R-rated movies. So we ended up watching this horrible movie. We left halfway through, and he took me home, and that was that. Not a great first dating experience." — Carrie Underwood
"A buddy of mine used [this pickup line] on a bartender one time, and it worked. He walked up to her, he's like, 'Look, you're pretty much the hottest woman in here. And I'm pretty much the least attractive guy. You're my only shot at having average-looking kids. Can I get your number?'" — Chris Young
"[How I proposed] wasn't real romantic, I can tell you that. I just kind of knew [she was the one] ... I actually proposed to her in her bedroom. We were both in college and she kept after me about proposing to her. Finally, I said, 'Forget it, I'm just going to do it now.' Of course, I still get a little bit of grief for not being [more romantic]. You know, 'Why don't you take me down to the river or something, and propose? In my room?'" — Easton Corbin on how he popped the question to his wife Brinn
» Changes In Latitudes: Looks like Carrie Underwood won't be racking up any frequent-flyer miles to Canada – her hockey-playing hubby Mike Fisher is taking up residence in Music City. Nashville Predators Pres./GM David Poile announced Thursday (2/10) that the club acquired Underwood's main squeeze from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for the team's first-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 draft. "He plays playoff-style hockey all season long," Poile says of Fisher. "He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match up against any opposing line." Back in Canada, one Ottawa station has banned Underwood's music from the airwaves in (mock) retaliation. Read the full CTV article here.
» I Had The Tine Of My Life: Need a great Valentine's Day message for your sweetie? Blake Shelton has your back with "BlakeMail" — his alternative to the e-card Valentine. Options are "I 'Balls' You," "I Can't Wait To See ... Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" and "On This Special Day ... You Can Kiss My Country Ass." BlakeMail friends through Facebook or Twitter here.
You know when he first came out, with very little personal knowledge of the guy, I went to youtube
and looked for videos. I found and watched "Only You", and my first thought was, did he meet
his wife on that one....turns out.....
» Izzie Had Kelley At Hello: There were no pyrotechnics on the set of Josh Kelley's 2005 music video " Only You." But sparks flew anyway between the " Georgia Clay" singer and the pre-Grey's Anatomy Katherine Heigl. "She drew me in with that smile, for sure, [and] she's very well-read," Kelley says of wife Heigl. "It was just such a great conversation with her, too ... Somebody at the label hired her to be the leading lady, and I always joke that I got her at a pretty low rate because she [hadn't] hit [it] big yet. I got her for like $20,000. [It was] a pretty good buy. Probably the best deal I've gotten in years." Kelley is gearing up to support Miranda Lambert on TheRevolution Continues tour extension, which kicks off Feb. 24. His debut country album Georgia Clay drops March 22.
» Holla If Ya Folla: The CMA friended more than 1,000 new Facebookers by revealing the preliminary 2011 CMA Music Festival lineup via the social network Tuesday (2/8). Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, the Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Sheryl Crow will perform. Follow the CMA on Facebook here and buy tickets for as low as $136.70 for all four days of fun here.
» Candidates Camera:Easton Corbin, Randy Houser and the Band Perry are the latest ACM newcomer nominees to have launched online video campaigns vying for votes. Corbin mixes several classic commercials in this three-minute clip, Houser breaks down the definition of a top vocalist in this piece and TBP cast their grandmother Betty Lou in this Bob Dylan-inspired video. Fan-voting continues at VoteACM.com through Feb. 24. Follow the links for the footage.
» To Make You Feel Our Funds: A big pat on the back to Garth Brooks, whose nine sold-out concerts Dec. 16-22 raised $5 million for The Community Foundation Of Middle Tennessee's flood relief efforts. "Playing music has never felt better or ever felt more right," Brooks says. "I am really honored to have been a part of this happening." The CFMT has assigned $1.37m of the proceeds to TheRiver Fund to benefit Hands On Nashville, The United Methodist Committee on Relief - Tennessee Conference and The Community Resource Center.
» In Case You Missed It: Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard closed last night's Tonight Show With Jay Leno with " I Am What I Am." And the Roots backed Little Big Town on " Little White Church" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. LBT also filmed an acoustic version of " Shut Up Train" for an online Late Night exclusive. Follow the links for the appearances.
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Brad Paisley will perform three songs during pre-race coverage of the Daytona 500. The broadcast airs live from Daytona International Speedway Feb. 20 at noon ET on FOX-TV. Details here.
Marty Stuart will host the 10th annual Late Night Jam June 8 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on the eve of the CMA Music Festival. The music marathon kicks off at 10pm with additional artists TBA, and proceeds will benefit MusiCares. Details here.
Ashton Shepherd plugs her latest single "Look It Up" by breaking down the meanings of some popular Southern catchphrases in this heavily Alabama-accented clip.
Travis Tritt (2/9)
Friday (2/11): Jason Aldean, Jessi Colter, On The Streets (GAC).
Saturday (2/12): Various Artists, CMT 40 Greatest Love Songs.
Sunday (2/13): Various Artists, 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS).