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Tom Cook

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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Calvin College Makes Most Sober List

While a few different Michigan schools made a list of Top 100 Party Schools this week, one school in West Michigan has landed on the opposite side of that coin.

Calvin College has been named the No. 4 Most Sober college in the United States by The Princeton Review.

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Taylor Swift Surprises 6-Year-Old Cancer Patient With A Sing-Along [Video]

Say what you will about Taylor Swift, but it's pretty apparent that she truly cares about her fans. This was proven again this past weekend when she stopped by Boston Children's Hospital to surprise a 6-year-old fan of hers who was about to undergo another round of chemotherapy to fight Leukemia.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Dogs Rolling Down A Hill

It's been a while since I posted a "work day dog break". Not that I haven't come across TONS of videos of adorable dogs, I've just been busy informing you of other things that are going on. But, when I came across this video compilation, I had to share it.

Behold! Nearly two minutes of puppies rolling down hills.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Pirates To Take Over Downtown Grand Rapids On August 9th

"Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship", is coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum this October. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 7.

In celebration of this, Pirate Takeover Day will be held August 9th all around Downtown Grand Rapids.

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Grand Rapids Baker Wins TV Doughnut Competition

A Grand Rapids baker is the newest winner of the Cooking Channel's "Donut Showdown".

Torrence O'Haire won a $10,000 Grand Prize in the competition on the show that aired this past Friday. O'Haire is the chef at Propaganda Doughnuts, and he impressed the judges with his China-town themed barbecue spiced-bread doughnut, chocolate cake doughnut, French eclair and dim-sum doughnut.

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Dog Is So Excited To See Family Member After Two Years That She Passes Out [Video]

The people out there that say that pets don't experience emotions are dead wrong. Just look at this video and tell me that this dog isn't emotional!

Casey the Schnauzer was so excited to see a family member return home after two years of working in Slovenia, that she nearly passed out completely.

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Category: Animals, Videos

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