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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» Garth Gear Up: "As artists, we're the first ones out there saying 'Buy a ticket to my show, come do this and come do that,' [and] it's easy to want to sell this show," Trisha Yearwood says of next week's Garth Brooks flood relief concerts in Nashville. "It's easy for me to say, 'Please come and sell this place out for as many nights as you can,' because it's not money going into my pocket. It's money that's going back into this community. So, I'm willing to beg: Come see the show!" The country couple didn't have to beg much. More than 140,000 tickets for the nine shows sold-out the day they went on sale in November and raised more than $3.5 million for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Music City officials are currently working to accommodate the influx of fans for the concerts, which start Thursday (12/16). Free parking has been arranged at LP Field, where CMA Music Festival concerts are held. "The community rallied in support during the May floods and that effort is being matched once again in order to help this go smoothly," says Nashville Downtown Partnership Pres./CEO Tom Turner.
» The 21 Club: Birthday girl Taylor Swift turns 21 Monday (12/13), but don't expect to see her boozing at any of the Nashville honky tonks. Instead, she tells People magazine that she'd rather stay in and host a Christmas-themed soirée for friends. "It'll be cool that I'll be able to go to a lot of concerts that my friends always go to and I sit at home because it's 21 and over," Swift says. "Other than that, I don't think I'm going to all of a sudden start being in love with the idea of going to a club." In other Swift news, her CoverGirl campaign for the NatureLuxe cosmetic line rolls out in January. Watch the ad here. Swift also takes the No. 31 spot on Maxim's Hot 100 babes of 2010. Julianne Hough is the other country cutie on the countdown at No. 45. Complete list here.
» Magnanimous Magnolia: Thanks to "Keep On Lovin' You" singers Steel Magnolia, two unsuspecting fans at Monday's (12/6) American Country Awards got the VIP treatment. During a break from media interviews, Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones walked to a pool of fans outside the red carpet entrance to gift their tickets to Heber, UT's Whitney Boren and Dana Keele. The lucky pair even walked the red carpet with Linsey and Jones, who asked them to sing along with their hit during the pre-show telecast. "Steel Magnolia were so very nice to us," Boren says. "We were so excited and so nervous to go to the red carpet. Singing on TV was nerve-wracking, but Steel Magnolia were so nice that they made it so easy ... The whole thing was way cool."
» The Paisley Behind The Mask: Many celebrities disguise their children in public, but the Batman mask on Brad Paisley's son Huck isn't an attempt to protect his privacy. It's more like his superhero internship. "Huck's been wearing his Batman costume since June," Paisley says. "I'm not kidding. He goes everywhere in it. [One time] people came up, this happened out in California, and they saw him in his Batman mask eating at a restaurant. They said, 'We just wanted to say we're really big fans. Do you make him wear that so people can't see his face? Like Michael Jackson?' And I went, 'Yup.'"
» Turner Cave-In:Josh Turner is currently working on a new addition to his property. Once finished, the log cabin with a wrap-around porch and stone fireplace will serve as Turner's retreat. "I've always needed a place where I can go with no TV, no computer, no phone or distractions where I can sit, think and not be disturbed," Turner says, and for a second we think he might be talking about his bathroom. "I just want to able to display a lot of the things I've been able to accomplish and a lot of who I am in there, not just musically. It's got a ways to go on the inside, but it's gradually coming together." Okay, he's definitely talking about his man-cave cabin.
» In Case You Missed It: On Thursday's (12/9) Ellen DeGeneres Show, Keith Urbancredited wife Nicole Kidman for saving his life four months into their marriage. "I think the truth is that I wasn't even aware of just where [my addiction] was at in my life and how it was just going to come down and take me down like it did," Urban told DeGeneres. "I was probably in such a place of denial that I consciously wasn't aware of it." Urban performed " Put You In A Song" during that appearance, as well as on Tuesday's (12/7) Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Little Big Town also performed "Kiss Goodbye" on Wednesday's (12/8) Jimmy Kimmel Live. Follow the links for the footage.
» The Word Is Sophomore ... Look It Up: "Takin' Off This Pain" singer Ashton Shepherd is back in the studio recording the follow-up to her 2008 debut album Sounds So Good with heavyweight producer Buddy Cannon, whose credits include Jamey Johnson's The Guitar Song, Kenny Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey and Sara Evans' No Place That Far. "This record is really a lot like the first," Shepherd tells us. "We recorded for about three days, about four or five songs a day. We just get them knocked out." Fans might hear some higher pitches from Shepherd on her sophomore project. "Buddy is always wanting me to try stuff in a higher key," Shepherd says. "I'm like, 'I can't pull the Martina [McBride] stuff out.' I guess that's what gives me my sound. It's a lower range vocal ... I can sing 'Independence Day,' but it might be two keys lower." The first single "Look It Up" is a sassy take on love words gone wrong. Give it a listen here.
» Lonely At The Top:The Guitar Song by Jamey Johnson (No. 5) is the only country album among Spin magazine's "40 Best Albums of 2010." The top four are Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Deerhunter's Halcyon Digest, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs and LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening. Full list here.
Painter/pop art icon Peter Max has painted a portrait of Taylor Swift's Speak Now album to commemorate the record selling more than 3 million copies. Read the full article here.
Mark Wills will judge vocal talent during the 2011 Miss America pageant. The View's Joy Behar and Dancing With The Stars' Tony Dovolani will also be on the panel. Details here.
Loretta Lynn's record label has presented the Country Music Hall of Famer with her own rose. The "Loretta Lynn Van Lear" rose plants are named after the 2004 Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose and will be delivered to her Hurricane Mills, TN ranch in spring 2011.