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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!
Photo courtesy of WZZM-13
Photo courtesy of WZZM-13
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WZZM-13 Morning News Gets New Co-Anchor – Dan Harland

Our media partners over at WZZM, conducted a nationwide search for a weekday AM news co-anchor and found the best candidate for the job right here in Grand Rapids! WZZM 13 proudly announced Monday morning that their choice for AM co-anchor is Dan Harland.

Dan replaces Derek Francis, who left at end of May. Dan will join Lauren Stanton and meteorologist Aaron Ofseyer in early August.

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Grand Rapids Jaycees Asking For Donations To Help Rebuild Santa’s Sleigh

I know that it's only July, but help is needed right now to rebuild Santa's sleigh.

The Grand Rapids Jaycees are attempting to raise $25,000 as part of a "Community Grant Challenge" to rebuild the sleigh that Santa rides into Grand Rapids as the finale of the Art Van Santa Parade every year.( This year's parade will be on November 22nd.)

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Coast Guard Festival Kicks Off Friday In Grand Haven

Coast Guard Festival kicks off Friday in Grand Haven! This year it is expected to attract thousands of people to the area over the next ten days.

Coast Guard Festival has something for everyone including live music, parades, fireworks, and plenty of food.

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Laurenda Marie Bennett/http://laurendamarie.com/
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Blueberry Season: Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

It’s very likely I ate more watermelon making this watermelon bluerry mint salad than what actually ended up in it.

Plus, it's blueberry season in Michigan!

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Fulton Street Bridge Closed For Construction in Downtown Grand Rapids Until Late August

It seems you can't get anywhere in Grand Rapids these days without running into some kind of construction. On Monday afternoon, things got even more complicated at MDOT shut down the Fulton Street bridge for construction. It will remained closed until Aug. 25. 

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Facebook Introduces New ‘Save’ Feature

Facebook came out with yet another new feature on Monday that will allow you to save pages that interest you and access them at a later, more convenient time.

This is great for someone like me who often sees things of interest on Facebook but doesn't have time to read the article attached. (I never seem to be able to remember who posted about it, and then I never get to read it.)

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