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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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Ethan Miller/Getty Images for LARAS
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Fifth/Third Bank Summer Concert Series at Meijer Gardens – 12 Shows Sell Out In First Weekend

The Fifth/Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park boast a pretty fantastic lineup this summer - and it shows by how well tickets sold following their release to Meijer Gardens members over the weekend.

Twelve of the thirty shows scheduled for this summer's concert series have already sold out. 

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Mackinac Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant)
Mackinac Round Island Lighthouse. (Photo: Michigan Sea Grant)
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Mackinac Island Opening for Historic Season Including War of 1812 Battle Bicentennial [Video]

While the Great Lakes still have some ice on them, Mackinac Island is about ready to come alive.

It has been a long winter, with ferry service to Mackinac Island in the Straits of Mackinac between lakes Huron and Michigan just getting back into operation. Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry said it plans to start passenger service Tuesday.

Bob Benser, Jr.'s family owns two hotels, a bed-and-breakfast and Murdick's Original Fudge on Mackinac Island. The bed-and-breakfast is open year-round, but the hotels -- The Chippewa Hotel and The Lilac Tree Hotel & Spa -- are opening May 9, just in time for Mother's Day, he told "Andy Rent Show" guest host Tim Harris this morning on 100.5 The River.

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A Montage Of Infomercial Actors Struggling To Do Everyday Things

In every single infomercial ever made, they show someone struggling to do something simple, something that we all do every day, like use plastic wrap or crack an egg without getting pieces of shell in the food.

Also in every single infomercial ever made, the actors make it look IMPOSSIBLE to perform these simple tasks.  So someone took a bunch of those clips, and posted a four-and-a-half minute montage YouTube.

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Category: Humor, Videos
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Victor Fraile/Getty Images
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You’ve Been Peeling A Banana All Wrong [Video]

Think about how many years of your life you've been eating a banana... It's been a while, right? In all of your years you've probably eaten thousands, if not hundreds of bananas. Do you open them using the stem? If so, you've been doing it wrong this entire time. Check out this video that explains how you're SUPPOSED to do it.

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Category: Food, Videos
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Gary Gershoff/Getty Images
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Grandpa Finally Gets A Puppy [Video]

Stories like this just make me smile. An elderly man, according to his grandchild, is "completely in love" with English bulldogs. He'd been talking to his wife forever about getting one, but his wife was afraid it would make too much of a mess and be too hard to take care of, so she kept saying no.

Eventually the grandkids talked her into it, and together they chose the perfect dog for their grandpa. The best part? They surprised him with it and caught his reaction on video. 

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images
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Holland’s Tulip Time Festival Names Parade Grand Marshals

It's hard to believe, but Holland's Tulip Time Festival is just around the corner.

Tulip Time Festival coordinators have announced their grand marshals for the parades during next month's festival, and this year's list includes many Michiganders' favorite Detroit Lions player in recent years.

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Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Salad Time: Apple, White Cheddar and Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Spring has finally sprung!

While everyone is spring cleaning and de-cluttering their homes, I think it’s just as important to cleanse our bodies.

They sure deserve it, don’t they? Especially after such a long winter of hibernation and comfort foods. Fresh salads, like this Apple, White Cheddar & Chicken Salad with homemade Honey Mustard Dressing, are the perfect way to lighten up a meal without compromising flavor.

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