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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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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Tiny Puppies Making Adorable Puppy Noises [Video]

Puppies are adorable, but not well known for being able to tell us what it is that they want when they want it (then again, most grown dogs can't do that, either). In fact, most puppies take a while before they even properly learn how to bark or whine.

The result of that is adorable little squeaky noises coming out of adorable little animals. And lucky for us, someone put together a video compilation of puppies doing just that.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Smoothies Naturally: Blackberry Banana Chia Smoothie

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

I cannot get enough of fresh berries in the warmer months.

Cherries.

Strawberries.

Raspberries.

Blueberries.

Blackberries.

Oh, and smoothies. I can’t get enough of those either!

They are breakfast made easy. Or have one as a mid-day snack. Or enjoy one as a post-workout replenisher. Or try one as a dessert!

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Capt. Richard Phillips Talks with 100.5 The River’s Tom Cook [Video]

Capt. Richard Phillips is in Grand Rapids today.

Phillips was captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009; and his heroics were chronicled in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.

Tonight, he is the keynote speaker for Davenport University's Excellence in Business Dinner Gala, a black-tie fund-raiser for Davenport University Foundation student scholarship funds, at DeVos Place.

This morning, he spent time with me on 100.5 The River. I was filling in for Andy Rent on the "Andy Rent Show" along with guest host Tim Harris. Andy is currently on vacation in Hawaii, where he's on a group tour with YMT Vacations and listeners of 100.5 The River.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Kenny The Paralyzed Doberman Learns To Walk [Video]

I absolutely love stories like this.

In April of 2013, Two Hands Four Paws founder Leslie Gallagher received a call from Doberman Rescue about a paralyzed Doberman named Kenny. Kenny had suffered a trauma to his, possibly due to a kennel gate being dropped on him. He was paralyzed in all four legs, completely unable to move. But the folks at Two Hands Four Paws had hope that they could rehabilitate him.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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RECALL ALERT: 800,000 Baby Monitor Batteries Recalled

About 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in the Summer Infant infant video monitor are being recalled because of burn hazards, according to the U.S. government.

Officials say that the battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, which poses a burn hazard to consumers, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission said Wednesday.

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Toddler Knows Numbers of All Detroit Red Wings Players [Video]

Well, this is adorable. And this kid is obviously some sort of savant, because I couldn't name the jersey number of a single Detroit Red Wings player.

This little boy's name is David, and he's just over 2 years old. Watch as he correctly identifies the jersey numbers of some of his favorite Red Wings players.

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