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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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‘Frozen’ Soundtrack No. 1 Top-Selling Album On Billboard’s 2014 Chart [Video]

No surprise here, but the "Frozen" soundtrack from Walt Disney Records was ranked the No. 1 best-selling album on the 2014 year-end Billboard 200 chart.

It is the first movie soundtrack to reach No. 1 on the year-end chart since "Titanic" in 1998 and is the first Disney soundtrack to top the chart since "Mary Poppins" in 1965, according to Billboard.

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The Sing-Off - Season 5
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VoicePlay, Street Corner Symphony Part of NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off’ Live! Tour Hitting Grand Rapids on March 19 [Video]

Three a cappella groups which gained notoriety through NBC's "The Sing-Off" are coming to Grand Rapids for a March 2015 concert at DeVos Performance Hall.

The second national "The Sing-Off" Live! Tour comes to Grand Rapids at 7:30 p.m. EST March 19.

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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
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NASA Awakens New Horizons Spacecraft Ahead of Pluto Encounter [Video]

NASA's doing some crazy things this month.

First, it launched its first spacecraft in three years since the space shuttle.

Now, the U.S. space agency has awakened its New Horizons spacecraft for an encounter with Pluto -- which is still a planet to me.

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Ben Stevens
Ben Stevens
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And the Survey Says: Wine Beats Beer for Christmas

Much has been written about pairing wines with whatever you are serving up for dinner, or whether a stout or an IPA would best accompany that stew on your stove.

But when it comes to alcoholic beverage choices for American adults, how much does when factor into the type of drink one chooses?

Apparently, quite a bit, according to a recent Harris Poll.

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Top Ten Real Estate Deals via Sotheby's International Realty of Vail, Colo.
Top Ten Real Estate Deals via Sotheby's International Realty of Vail, Colo.
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President Gerald Ford’s Colorado Ski Home Is For Sale

The Colorado ski home built and owned by President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., and Betty Ford in their retirement is for sale.

The 11,849-square-foot, seven-bedroom, 11-bathroom Beaver Creek neighborhood residence in Avon, Colo., has an asking price of $8.5 million.

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NASA Television
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NASA’s Back in Space Flight Game with Orion [Video]

NASA reached a major milestone Friday as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.

Bottom line: NASA's back in the spaceflight game for the first time since the space shuttle program ended three years ago.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Brings Holiday Spectacle to Grand Rapids on Sunday [Video]

If you've never seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform, don't even bother imagining what might unfold.

It is something seemingly beyond the realm of reality that is being brought to Grand Rapids for Trans-Siberian Orchestra's performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Van Andel Arena.

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Adam Berry/Getty Images
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These Are Not Your Dad’s Versions of ‘Jingle Bells’ [Video]

We've been playing Christmas music on Greatest Hits 98.7 WFGR's sister station, 100.5 The River, since Nov. 2.

In addition to my gig as mid-day host on 98.7 WFGR, I am also our operations manager. Part of my job is helping schedule the music for WFGR and 100.5 The River.

So, yes, I have gotten to know my Christmas songs well, very well. And I can tell you this: A couple of new videos of "Jingle Bells" renditions are definitely not your dad's version of the holiday classic.

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Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images
Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images
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Ebola, Minecraft, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Flappy Bird top Yahoo Searches, Obsessions

Yahoo has released its top searches for 2014, and Ebola tops the list.

This year’s top searches on Yahoo included a national obsession, an international health crisis and some favorite women stars.

Yes, there are other search engines other than Google.

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Dave J Hogan/Getty Images
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Sam Smith, Big Sean Added to Performers on CBS’ ‘A Very Grammy Christmas’

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith and hip-hop artist Big Sean are the latest performers announced for "A Very Grammy Christmas."

Two-time Grammy Award winner LL Cool J is hosting the one-hour special, which includes performances of holiday songs and current pop hits along with holiday and Grammy memories. The show airs 9 p.m. EST Friday (Dec. 5) on CBS.

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