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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!
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Grand Rapids’ People’s Law School

Last night was the first installment of the "People's Law School" in Grand Rapids.  It's something that has been done in Lansing for several years that attorneys and firms are now bringing to GR.

I signed up for it because I've always been fascinated by the legal system and the law

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New Taylor Swift Song and Kittens Featured In Diet Coke Commercial [Video]

Taylor Swift is giving fans a snippet of her newest song "1989" in a new Diet Coke commercial.

And if you love cats and kittens, you and TSwift have something in common!  She loves kitties so much, that there are several really stinkin' cute kitties featured in this Diet Coke ad

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2015 River Bank Run Registration Now Open

For those who like to plan ahead and start training early, online registration for the 2015 Fifth Third River Bank Run is underway.

The 25k race, along with 10k, 5k, races, combos and walks, is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015 in downtown Grand Rapids. Registration opened Tuesday on the race's official website

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Squirrel Wakes Panda – And It’s Hilarious [Video]

Pandas are notorious for their napping skills. I mean, they generally sleep anywhere from 10-16 hours a day. That must be how the manage to stay so cute, right? Anyway, it's probably best if you don't startle a panda awake when it's in the middle of another one of its marathon naps, but that's precisely what this squirrel did.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Baby Husky Trapped In A Bowl [Video]

I once had someone tell me that everything is cuter if you put it in a bucket. After seeing this, I would like to suggest that everything is cuter if you put it in a bowl.

I mean, Husky puppies are pretty cute on their own, but this one inside of a bowl is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. 

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Category: Animals, Videos

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