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Hey, I’m the “new guy” here at 100.5 The River.  We’ll get to hang out for part of your workday and the drive home while you’re listening to Today’s Best Mix without the rap. Some people asked “why would you move HERE?” when I started.  I answer that question with disbelief and realize that people in GR simply don’t realize what a great city they have.  Grand Rapids is just a fantastic city.  The people, the downtown, the festivals, the philanthropy of our ‘famous families’ … the list goes on and on.  The VIBE of this city is just incredible.  Those who say “why would you move HERE?” clearly don’t realize how crappy most other similar sized cities are compared to GR. We moved here from the vibrant and clean city (#sarcasm) of Toledo, OH where I was the Operations Manager for six radio stations.  Before that, I was on-air or programming stations in Philadelphia, New York City, Milwaukee, Madison, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) and Waterloo (Iowa). My wife and I met in Madison and were married four days after 9/11.  We have two “furry kids” named Ollie (yellow lab/bassett/corgi) and Chester (bassett). I’m also the Program Director for Channel 95-7 and 100.5 The River, so if you have any comments, suggestions or complaints (I welcome compliments, too), just email or call me!
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Kevin Vickers – Canadian Parliament’s Sergeant-At-Arms – Receives Standing Ovation [Video]

Kevin Vickers, the Canadian Parliament's Sergeant-At-Arms, received a long standing ovation as he led the procession into the House of Commons Thursday Morning. As lawmakers clapped, the man credited with with taking down a gunman at Canada's Parliament appeared emotional.

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Douglas Gorenstein/NBC
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Jeff Musial The Animal Guy’s Wildlife Show Hits East Grand Rapids November 23 [Video]

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Leslie A/YouTube
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Woman Uses Halloween Costume to Tell Husband She’s Pregnant [Video]

After trying for nearly a year to get pregnant, YouTube user Leslie A. took a pregnancy test one day and "voila!" it had finally happened. She knew she needed to come up with a clever way to tell her husband, so she decided to show off her new Halloween costume - a skeleton shirt with a little baby skeleton over the stomach (how cute is that, by the way?)!

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RECALL ALERT: Toyota Expands Airbag Recall, Warns Passengers

Toyota announced Monday that it's re-notifying owners of about 218,000 previously recalled vehicles with front air bags supplied by Takata, and that they are adding 28,515 vehicles in high-humidity areas to that recall.

The Takata airbags can malfunction and blow shrapnel into front passengers' chests and faces.

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Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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Check Out These Otters Eating Sushi From Chopsticks [Video]

Umm... so I thought that watching Golden Retriever puppies playing with pumpkins was going to be the highlight of my day. Little did I know that I was going to come across a video of otters eating sushi that is being fed to them by a zookeeper using chopsticks.

I know, that sounds like something that dreams are made of, but it's real! And it happens at the National Sea Life Center in the UK.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Design Pics/ThinkStock
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – These Puppies Love Fall [Video]

These puppies fall for the first time are making me a little less angry that we're getting closer and closer to winter.

Look at them! They aren't mad about going back to school, or meeting quotas, or setting up budgets for the next fiscal year... Nope! They're just like "Hey! Look at this fun, round, orange thing! Let's play with it!" If only our lives were this simple.

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Category: Animals, Videos
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Grand Rapids’ People’s Law School

Last night was the first installment of the "People's Law School" in Grand Rapids.  It's something that has been done in Lansing for several years that attorneys and firms are now bringing to GR.

I signed up for it because I've always been fascinated by the legal system and the law

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2015 River Bank Run Registration Now Open

For those who like to plan ahead and start training early, online registration for the 2015 Fifth Third River Bank Run is underway.

The 25k race, along with 10k, 5k, races, combos and walks, is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015 in downtown Grand Rapids. Registration opened Tuesday on the race's official website

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