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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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Cop Pulls People Over And Rewards Them For Good Driving [Video]

How cool would it be if the police here in Grand Rapids pulled people over for doing something right? Think about it, you make a complete stop at a stop sign, continue when it's your turn, and then see flashing lights behind you. When the officer steps up to your window, he thanks you for being a good driver and hands you $100! What?

That's exactly what happens in this video.

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Aww… Little Girl And Her Horse Are Best Friends [Video]

Kids usually form special bonds with their pets. Whether it be a fish, a hamster, a cat, a dog, a bunny, or a horse, kids just have a love for animals that is pretty much the cutest thing ever.

This little girl named Emma and her horse Cinnamon just met each other, but they've already formed a very special bond. I love it!

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Memorial Service For ‘Princess Lacey’ Thursday Night At MSU

The 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more across the country will be honored by thousands of her closest friends at a memorial service Thursday night in East Lansing.

Lacey Holsworth's family has asked those who plan on attending the 6:30 p.m. event tonight at the Breslin Center to wear bright colors and smiles in celebration of her life.

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Do Cats & Hammocks Mix Well? [Video]

I enjoy a good hammock. There's something great about laying in a hammock on a warm summer day listening to music, or reading a book, or taking a nap that just makes life seem great. But, I never thought about getting a hammock for my pets. I don't know that my dog or rabbit would enjoy one much.

The owner of Timo the cat, however, figured that Timo might like having his very own hammock. The question is, though, do cats and hammocks mix?

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Adopted Dog Thanks His New Owner [Video]

I have long said that adopting a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. Dogs that you rescue from shelters just seem to love you more than dogs that you can purchase from a pet store or puppy mill.

This video shows exactly why I've always thought that. Watch this newly adopted dog attack its new owner... with love.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Toddler & Dog Sing The Blues [Video]

I'm pretty sure that when you mix a kid, a dog, and music, the video that you make as a result is an automatic hit. Dogs are cute, kids are cute, and everyone loves music. It's really a win all around.

Today, I came across this video of an adorable little boy playing the harmonica while his best friend (the family dog) "sings" along.

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Watch This Baby Age Fourteen Years In Four Minutes [Video]

It's fun to look back at pictures of your kids throughout the years and see how they've changed from year to year. But, one Dutch man took that one step further.

He put together a time-lapse video of his daughter, Lotte, as she aged from being just a tiny baby to a 14-year-old girl. The transformation is amazing and it's something you absolutely have to see!

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Tax-Filing Tip If You’re Running Late for April 15 Deadline: File an Extension [Video]

The IRS expects to receive 135 million tax returns by the filing deadline of April 15 -- as in 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

However, about 12 million taxpayers will have requested extensions by the filing deadline, giving them an extra 6 months to file, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Kids These Days Don’t Know What A Walkman Is [Video]

Before iPods and smartphones, but after record players and eight-tracks, there was the Walkman.

While it was pretty much a standard possession of teens in the '80s, it's now become obsolete; and there's an entire generation of kids who don't even know what a Walkman is.

In this video, kids are given a Walkman and try to figure out just what in the world it is (and how it works).

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Category: Technology, Videos
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A crew works to restore electricity in northern Kent County in the aftermath of rainstorms since Saturday night. (Photo: Consumers Energy)
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WZZM-13: Evacuation Notice Issued Along Muskegon River in Newaygo County

 

Newaygo County Emergency Services is advising that people living along the Muskegon River, downstream of Croton, should prepare to evacuate immediately, WZZM-13 reports.

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