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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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Mama Duck Uses Tough Love To Teach Babies To Climb Stairs [Video]

Much like human mothers, duck mothers are charged with teaching their kids a lot of things about life. And there comes a time in every mama duck's life where she has to watch her babies attempt to take flight, OR climb up a flight of stairs.

Turns out, it just takes some encouraging quacks from her and little bit of patience before all 11 or 12 of her babies make their way up the stairs.

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Ten Things On Social Media That Could Cost You A Job

In the age of social media, it turns out that the things that you post on Facebook and Twitter could end up getting you passed over for a job.

According to a new survey from Career Builder, 43% of potential employers check social media like Facebook and Twitter before they decide to hire you. This can either help or hurt you, depending on the types of things you post online.

Here are ten things that are most likely to get you rejected. 

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FDA Issues Warnings About Medicines Used For Teething Infants

Important info for parents of infants and toddlers, the FDA is warning that prescription oral viscous lidocaine 2 percent solution should NOT be used to treat infants and children with teething pain.

The FDA is now requiring what they call a "Boxed Warning", their strongest warning, to be added to the drug label to highlight this information.  Oral viscous lidocaine solution can cause serious harm, including death.

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Category: Family / Kids, us news
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Diane Sawyer Will Step Down As Anchor Of ABC’s ‘World News’

ABC announced on Wednesday morning that World News's Diane Sawyer will be stepping down from her role as anchor. Sawyer will be exploring other opportunities within ABC.

Sawyer will be replaced by Good Morning America cohosts George Stephanopoulos (for breaking stories) and David Muir (for day-to-day anchoring duties).

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Woman ‘Selfies’ Her Stroke To Prove To Doctors She Isn’t Just Stressed [Video]

A Canadian woman took video of herself having a stroke in the hopes that it would help herprove to doctors that her symptoms were not just stress-related.

Stacey Yerpes started recording herself when she felt a tingling sensation while she was driving. She turned on her phone's video camera began describing everything that she was feeling and recorded the entire thing.

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Category: Health, Videos
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Little Boy Discovers That He Can Raise His Eyebrows [Video]

The things that kids get excited about are pretty awesome. I mean, think about it - there are things that we see in our every day lives that we're just kind of "ho hum" about, but when a kid discovers those same things, their little brains are like "THIS IS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED!"

And that is exactly what happened when little Leon discovered that he could raise his eyebrows. 

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