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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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Courtesy Wyoming Police Department
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Police Searching for Suspect Following Wyoming Credit Union Robbery

Wyoming police are searching for a man who they say robbed the ATL Credit Union, 841 36th St. SW in Wyoming, at gunpoint late Friday morning.

The robbery was reported around 11:45 a.m. EST.

In a news release, police said the man entered the credit union with a handgun and then fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Jani Bryson/ThinkStock
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Little Girl Does Not Want to Build a Snowman [Video]

I haven't even seen the movie "Frozen", but I've heard references to it so many times I don't even feel like I need to.

Kids can't get enough of it, though. Except this little girl. Her name is Emma, she does not like her dad's "Frozen" references, and she does NOT want to build a snowman. 

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Frenk Kaufmann/ThinkStock
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Cat is Totally Confused by a Marshmallow [Video]

I've heard that cats will eat pretty much anything. But apparently, marshmallows don't fall into that category because according to this video, cats don't have any idea what they are or what to do with them.

Watch this cat lick this marshmallow, wonder if that was the right thing to do, and then continue trying to figure out what the heck this little white ball even is. 

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Category: Animals, Videos
This is not one of his tricks. (AnetaPics/ThinkStock)
This is not one of his tricks. (AnetaPics/ThinkStock)
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Jack Russell Does 35 Tricks [Video]

This is one talented dog! I've met a few Jack Russell Terriers in my day, and they're all pretty smart. I don't think I've ever met one that can do this many tricks, though!

Okay, so maybe calling some of these things "tricks" is a bit of a stretch, but this is still pretty cool to see.

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Category: Animals, Videos
Photo Courtesy of the Allegan County Sheriff's Department
Photo Courtesy of the Allegan County Sheriff's Department
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New Photos Released of Husband Accused of Murder His Wife in Allegan

The Allegan County Sheriff's Department has released a new photo and details about a man wanted for the murder of his wife.

Harold "Butch" Knight is suspected of murdering his wife, Sarah, at their home on January 13. 

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Irina Igumnova/ThinkStock
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Consumers Energy Sending Workers to Help Out with Snowstorm in Northeastern U.S.

Consumers Energy is sending more than 50 employees to the northeastern U.S. to assist in snowstorm relief.

"We are ready and willing to assist East Coast communities as they prepare for a storm that could cause significant damage," said Michele Kirkland, Consumers Energy vice president of energy operations. "We have been fortunate in the past to be helped by out-of-state crews, and with fair weather here in Michigan, this is an opportunity for us to help them."

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