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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!
Louise and Albinism via YouTube
Louise and Albinism via YouTube
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Baby With Albinism Sees Mom’s Face for the First Time [Video]

A video showing a baby with albinism seeing her mom's face for the first time has gone viral online.

The video, published just a few days ago, has already been viewed over 5 million times as of the writing of this article.In it, we see sweet baby Louise getting her first pair of glasses.

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Sarah Sell, WZZM-13
Sarah Sell, WZZM-13
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Paul Medawar Jewelry on Plainfield Ave. Robbed

UPDATE (12:35 p.m.): WZZM-13's investigative reporter John Hogan is reporting that as of 12:35 p.m. the Kent County Sheriff's Department has three suspects in custody following a traffic stop on eastbound I-96 near M-6.

(12:30 p.m.) Kent County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a robbery at Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry.

The robbery happened just after noon at the jewelry store, which is located on Plainfield Ave. 

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Harold "Butch" Knight, Courtesy of the Allegan Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Harold "Butch" Knight, Courtesy of the Allegan Co. Sheriff's Dept.
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Husband Wanted in Allegan County Slaying Seen in Maine

The husband of Sara Lee Knight, the woman whose body was found Jan. 13, is wanted for her alleged slaying and has been spotted in Maine, according to WZZM-13.

Allegan County sheriff's deputies are investigating the case as an apparent homicide. 

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Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Jim Rogash/Getty Images
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New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman Recreates ‘Growing Pains’ Opening Credits With Teammates

In a stroke of genius, or maybe a way to distract people from "Deflategate", one of the players for the New England Patriots did something completely awesome.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman did an awesome and hilarious video for Throwback Thursday. Throwback Thursday is where people take to Facebook and Twitter to show a picture or video from their past.

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mercedes rancaAo/ThinkStock
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break — Golden Retriever is Mesmerized by Video of Another Gold Retriever

This Golden Retriever is totally mesmerized by a video of another dog (who looks just like her!) on the computer.

Maybe she's jealous? I mean, that other dog looks like it's having a TON of fun. That move at the end there? I think Josie is trying to join that dog in whatever fun game it is that it's playing.

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Category: Animals, Videos
Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Police Department
Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Police Department
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Grand Rapids Police Searching for Missing Woman Who May Have Fallen in the Grand River

The Grand Rapids Police are currently searching for a woman with mental health issues who they say may have fallen into the Grand River.

Kimberly Marie Haymon, 55, was last seen getting off of a bus at Fulton and Division around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday. She is schizophrenic and does not have her medication.

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Courtesy of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department
Courtesy of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department
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Kalamazoo Man Sentenced for Beating His Girlfriend With a Puppy

A 51-year-old Kalamazoo man has been sentenced to six months in jail for beating his girlfriend with a two-week-old puppy resulting in the animal's death.

Timothy Tucker was also sentenced to four years of probation and entry into the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program. In addition, he was also ordered to pay fees and restitution.

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Category: West Michigan News
Joanne Myers/ThinkStock
Joanne Myers/ThinkStock
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Flu Shots Are Only 23 Percent Effective This Season, CDC Reports

On Thursday, health officials announced that flu shots are only 23 percent effective against this season's strain. This is not a good sign in a season where it seems more and more people are being stricken down with the flu. 

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