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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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Cannonsburg Ski Area Announces Earliest Opening Date Ever

All of you skiing and snowboarding fans will be happy to hear this! It's almost time to strap them on and hit the slopes!

In fact, Cannonsburg Ski Area is opening to the public this Saturday, at 10 a.m. This will be the earliest date that Cannonsburg has ever opened for a season.

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Courtesy of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department
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University of Michigan Football Player Dismissed From Team After Domestic Violence Arrest

University of Michigan defensive end Frank Clark has been dismissed from the Michigan football team after being accused of domestic violence in Ohio over the weekend.

Coach Brady Hoke has called the situation "tragic".

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Pope Francis Confirms Trip To The U.S. In 2015

Pope Francis confirmed Monday that he will be traveling to the U.S. next year to participate in a rally for families in Philadelphia.

Earlier this summer, he had stated that he hoped to make the September meeting. But he confirmed his presence at the World Meeting of Families during a speech Monday to an a conference on traditional family values at the Vatican.

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Tom Cook’s Weekend Dog Break: Dog Walks Through Doors Backwards [Video]

I know that I normally post a "workday dog break", but who's to say that we don't need dog breaks on the weekend, too?

I came across this video today, and just knew I had to share it. Queso the Pit Bull has a huge fear of doorways, but don't worry! He's found a way to overcome his anxiety, employing what I generally refer to as dog logic: what you can't see can't hurt you.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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The Actress Who Voiced Teen Elsa In ‘Frozen’ Got Paid Less Than One Thousand Dollars

The movie "Frozen" has made a lot of money for a lot of different people - Disney, toymakers, Elsa-impersonators. But there's one person who didn't collect a big paycheck and that's the teen who voiced young Queen Elsa. She was paid only $926.20.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break: Puppies vs. Water Bottles [Video]

Well, this video is probably going to make your whole entire week.

It's Thursday, and that means that you've endured four days of work so far this week and deserve a bit of a break. And what a break I have for you! A video full of puppies doing what puppies do best - being absolutely adorable and fighting with a water bottle. You can't beat that! 

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Specialty Food Association Unveils Top Picks for Holiday Gifts for Foodies [Infographic]

The Specialty Food Association has released its top picks for the 2014 holiday shopping season of tempting selections of sweet and savory treats for the foodie on your list.

No. 1: Chocolate.

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