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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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Bill Gates Tops Forbes 400 For 21st Year, While Meijer Brothers Doug and Hank, Richard DeVos Make Top 100

Forbes magazine today released its listing of the 400 richest Americans, with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remaining in the top spot for the 21st straight year.

In addition, Meijer co-chairmen, brothers Hank Meijer and Doug Meijer, and Amway co-founder Richard DeVos both making the top 100.

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Celebrate National Coffee Day With Deals Around West Michigan

I feel like most days are considered National Coffee Day to coffee drinkers, but Monday is actually “National Coffee Day”, and that means you can get some great deals on a cup of Joe around West Michigan!

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Bob Seger Returning to Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena On His ‘Ride Out’ Tour December 9

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band announced today they will hit the road in support of Seger’s first new studio album in eight years, Ride Out, with their 2014/2015 Ride Out Tour.

They will play Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena on Dec. 9 along with special guest The J. Geils Band.  

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Jimmy John’s Suffers Security Breach

Jimmy John's announced Wednesday that customers' credit card data may have been stolen from hundreds of its stores, including 18 Michigan locations, between June and September. About 216 stores were affected nationally by the breach, but it's unclear how many customers were actually impacted. None of the chain's stores in West Michigan were affected by the breach.

The sandwich chain said it learned of the possible security breach on July 30th. 

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Dogs Playing In Leaves [Video]

It's officially Fall! I know that a lot of people aren't excited about it, since it seems that we didn't get much of a Summer here in West Michigan, but there are some upsides to fall. Football starts up again, pumpkin spice lattes are available, and, of course, you get to see adorable animals frolicking in piles of dead leaves! 

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