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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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Summer Water Safety: Do You Know The Signs Of A Person Who Is Drowning?

As "summer vacation season" heats up in Michigan, many people will head to the beach, soak up some sun and spend time in the water. But, what if someone - maybe a family member - was drowning?  Would you realize it?  Do you think it would be like what you see on TV or in the movies?

I ran across a fantastic video showing TRUE signs drowning (hint: there aren't many) and thought it was important to share with you

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RECALL: Ford Escape, Explorer, Taurus and Mercury Mariner

Last week, Ford Motor Company announced recall of nearly 1.5 million vehicles (mainly SUV's) because of concerns about steering problems. Here is a breakdown of the vehicles affected:

2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner, 2011-2013 Ford Explorer

The recall is due to a concern about faulty sensors and electrical connections that may cause a loss of power steering.  Although Ford

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100.5 The River’s Summer Vacation Fund $10,000 Winner Announced

Congratulations to Jennifer Melton.

She's won $10,000 in 100.5 The River's Summer Vacation Fund cash contest!

Jennifer was driving when we called her to share the news.

Just imagine getting that call on your way to work, right?

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Billie Jean Played On Beer Bottles

Earlier today, I was walking toward the office of an employee.  As I was just a few feet from his office, I heard some sort of (what I call) "snake charmer" music.  As I walked in and gave him a strange look, he said "it's Billie Jean on bottles!"

So, River website surfer, I present to you "The Bottle Boys" doing "Billie Jean

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