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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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Caledonia Boy Granted Make-A-Wish Trip Is Leaving Today

Stories like this always hit me hard. I mean, when adults are fighting cancer it's tough enough to imagine what they're facing. However, when it's a kid, whew.

Today, one of those brave kids is getting his wish via the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.

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Tony Stewart Will Not Race in NASCAR’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway On Sunday

Tony Stewart will not race Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

Stewart is skipping his second NASCAR Sprint Cup race since hitting and killing a driver in a dirt track race at a New York track last week.

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Robin Williams Was Battling Parkinson’s At The Time Of His Death

Just days after his death, with the country still trying to wrap their heads around the news, we all learned on Thursday that Robin Williams was battling the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, according to his widow Susan Schneider.

In a statement sent to the media on Thursday, Schneider explained that the Williams' sobriety was "intact" at the time of his death.

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Mayor Heartwell Proclaims August 15 As ‘Relaxation Day’

Today is "National Relaxation Day" (who knew there was such  thing), and when he realized that, it seems Mayor George K. Heartwell stopped to think about how important relaxation is.

This morning on his Facebook page, the Mayor formally announced that August 15 (Friday) will be Relaxation Day in Grand Rapids!

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Grand Rapids Leaders Listen To Public Comments On Uber, Airbnb, & Old House

The Grand Rapids City Commission took public comments Tuesday night on the effort to save a 19th-century home from being demolished.

The house is located the 2500 block of Lake Michigan Drive on the city's West Side and is now owned by Covenant Village of the Great Lakes who wants to tear it down in order for them to expand their facility. Three sisters who used to live in the home have been protesting to demolition.

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Recording artist Taylor Swift onstage during FOX's 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Recording artist Taylor Swift onstage during FOX's 2014 Teen Choice Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on August 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Taylor Swift Live Stream August 18th 2014

If you followed @Taylor Swift on Twitter, you may have noticed some cryptic tweets over the last few days.  The big announcement was tweeted today - she'll be doing a WORLDWIDE LIVE STREAM on August 18th!
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