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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» Blake Saddled Up & Blazing: Cue the Red Bull and hold the vodka because Blake Shelton has his work cut out for him over the next two weeks. Shelton's busy schedule opened Monday (4/25) with the announcement of his ninth album, which streets July 12 and features the single "Honey Bee." "There are so many things I'm excited to share with everyone this year," Shelton says. "I can't wait for people to hear the record; I have found some of the best songs of my career." The buzz surrounding NBC-TV's The Voice also has Shelton going "Crazy" with the rest of the judging panel in this sneak peek of Tuesday's premiere (4/26, 9pm ET). Additionally, Shelton is hosting an invitation-only Nashville bash Thursday (4/28) celebrating his No. 1 hit "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." And let's not forget the royal wedding ... country royalty, anyway, May 14 as Blake and fiancée Miranda Lambert get hitched. (That's how they say it in Jolly Old England, right?)
» The Need For Bleed: It's been a long time since Ronnie Dunn's been on an album cover by himself. Long as in never. Now flying solo on the front of his upcoming album (pictured), Dunn is also the collection's driving songwriting force with credit on nine of 12 songs. The self-titled release won't be in stores until June 7, but it is available for pre-order here. First single "Bleed Red" is already climbing the charts and the video is now available for download, as well. And it will soon have company. Dunn says he's "attempting something in the field of videos that hasn't been done in our business to coincide with the release of the physical CD. I am producing a series of videos to go with the majority of the songs. So far, I have finished five, with a 12-minute 'Making Of Ronnie Dunn' clip that can be seen here."
» Nom Like Crazy:Lee Brice's "Love Like Crazy," Aaron Lewis' "Country Boy," Jerrod Niemann's "Lover, Lover," the Band Perry's "If I Die Young" and Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" are the early 2011 CMT Music Awards nominees. The five videos are up for the CMTMAs' USA Weekend Breakthrough Video Of The Year. CMT Top 20 Countdown's Evan Farmer will reveal the remaining categories during the 10am ET hour of Wednesday's (4/27) Today show on NBC-TV, and TBP will also perform "You Lie" during the broadcast. Voting for all categories opens following the announcement at CMT.com. More here.
» Rockin' Y'all:Faith Hill, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee and Taylor Swift are among the more than 70 female artists featured in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's exhibit Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power. Items on display include a 1964 telegram from Dusty Springfield to Lee, Hill's Versace outfit worn during CBS-TV's 2000 Thanksgiving special, Lynn's pink gown worn during the "Portland, Oregon" video and Swift's handwritten "Change" lyrics. The two-floor exhibition opens May 13 and demonstrates how women have influenced popular music from the early 20th century to the present. More here.
» Apprentice – Lesser Of Two Evils: The three-man Backbone team had their hands full against the five women of ASAP, as Sunday's episode of the Celebrity Apprentice (4/24) found them designing full-page advertising packages for Trump Hotels. The results were disastrous, as both projects were judged to be far off the mark. "You know that if you misspell one word, they're going to nail you with it," Backbone Project Manager John Rich tells us. "Then we forgot to put the website address in the ad. The whole show could have turned on that, and if we'd lost, Trump would have asked whose responsibility it was to make sure the website was on the ad. Meatloaf, Lil Jon and I would have been looking at each other like, 'Uh-oh.' Instead, we won and I got to put another $20,000 toward St. Jude. That puts my total to $670,000."
» Doors Wide Open:Jo Dee Messina has independently released "Carry On" through the A Million Doors campaign, which will fund the construction of a new schoolhouse for Nashville's Holy Trinity Montessori. The track is available for a $1 donation, with songwriter Jared Anderson waiving his publishing royalties so all proceeds can go toward the project. Roughly $2,500 has been raised, with $2.3 million needed for the 6,000-square-foot facility. Download and details here.
» Wedding Belle: Best wishes to newlyweds LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian, who tied the knot Friday (4/22) during a private Los Angeles ceremony. Rimes tweeted Saturday (4/23), "Eddie and I are overwhelmed by the amount of lovely well-wishes. We are blessed, and I'm Mrs. Cibrian! [It's] so wonderful to wake up as husband and wife. Love to all of you."
Fan Wanda Couturier got to meet Reba backstage in Louisville recently. The star's record label arranged the meet-and-greet to mark Couturier's attendance of more than 100 shows. Couturier also boasts seeing Reba live 33 times within a single year and breaking the Today show record for standing in line the longest to see her during the telecast.
The release for Brad Paisley's This Is Country Music has been advanced one day from its original street date. The 15-track album will now hit stores Monday (5/23).
Steel Magnolia have launched a weekly online performance series in which they will cover the top song in America. First up is the duo's version of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep." Watch here.
Rory Feek (Joey+Rory) (4/25) Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) (4/26) Willie Nelson (4/30) Tim McGraw (5/1) Ty Herndon (5/1) Eric Church (5/3) Randy Travis (5/4)
Tuesday (4/26): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).
Wednesday (4/27): Evan Farmer and the Band Perry announce the 2011 CMT Music Awards' Nominees, Today (NBC); Emmylou Harris, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS); Alison Krauss and Union Station, Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated); Tim McGraw, The View (ABC).
Thursday (4/28): Tim McGraw, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).
Friday (4/29): Steve Earle, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS).