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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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Baby Elephant Blowing Bubbles [Video]

I'm on a bit of a baby elephant kick these days. Honestly, I guess I never realized just how adorable they are. But when they do things like play in the mud and play with ribbon, you just can't deny their cuteness any longer!

Now, I bring you a video of a baby elephant blowing bubbles in a pool. It's just as cute as it sounds. 

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Category: Animals, Videos
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U.S. Postal Service Releases Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Are you planning to ship gifts to friends and loved ones this holiday season through the United States Postal Service? Well, the U.S. Postal Service has some deadlines that it would like for you to remember.

To ensure packages are delivered in time for Christmas, USPS recommends shipping by the following dates:

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Category: Christmas, us news
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General Rules For Tuesday’s General Election

 

If you're thinking of taking a "selfie" at the polls on Tuesday morning, you better reconsider. Taking photos of yourself while voting is prohibited.

Didn't know that? Well, the Detroit Free Press has given us a list of other rules that you may be unaware of.

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Christmas On The River

We've gotten so many emails, calls and Facebook posts asking about Christmas music!

Well, it has started!  It's CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER!

All season, your favorite Christmas songs will be playing on 100.5 FM, on your computer at RiverGrandRapids.com or on your smart phone with the RadioPup app.

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Expect Mother Nature to Play Some Tricks with Halloween Weather on Friday

Mother Nature may have tricks of her own to play, with high winds, rain and snow being forecast by the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office for Friday.

That's going to make for some possibly challenging conditions for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Grand Rapids’ Odd/Even Parking Enforcement to Begin November 1

The City of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Police Department announced Thursday that they will begin enforcing Odd/Even Parking rules on November 1. The enforcement will last until April 1, 2015.

This enforcement does not apply to all streets in Grand Rapids.

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