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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 of the Grand Rapids Police Department
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Grand Rapids Police Searching for Missing Woman Who May Have Fallen in the Grand River

The Grand Rapids Police are currently searching for a woman with mental health issues who they say may have fallen into the Grand River.

Kimberly Marie Haymon, 55, was last seen getting off of a bus at Fulton and Division around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday. She is schizophrenic and does not have her medication.

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Courtesy of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department
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Kalamazoo Man Sentenced for Beating His Girlfriend With a Puppy

A 51-year-old Kalamazoo man has been sentenced to six months in jail for beating his girlfriend with a two-week-old puppy resulting in the animal's death.

Timothy Tucker was also sentenced to four years of probation and entry into the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program. In addition, he was also ordered to pay fees and restitution.

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Category: West Michigan News
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Flu Shots Are Only 23 Percent Effective This Season, CDC Reports

On Thursday, health officials announced that flu shots are only 23 percent effective against this season's strain. This is not a good sign in a season where it seems more and more people are being stricken down with the flu. 

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Courtesy of Founders Brewing Company
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New Hampshire Considers Changing Law to Allow Founders Beer Label

A lot of states have weird laws, and New Hampshire, it turns out, is no exception.

Currently, bottles of Breakfast Stout by Founders Brewery Co. in Grand Rapids is illegal to be sold in the state of New Hampshire.

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Mourning Dog Stands Guard Over Puppy’s Grave [Video]

A heartbroken stray dog in Georgia is refusing to leave Savannah’s Laurel Grove North Cemetery after burying her puppy amongst the headstones.

According to The New York Daily News, aspiring photographer Hunter Cone, 15, spotted the dog sitting beside her deceased puppy while he was taking photos in the cemetery on Jan. 6. He returned later with his mother and attempted to feed to dog, but she ran off. 

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Category: Animals, Videos

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