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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!
Serving up this Brussels Sprout Carrot Salad would be perfect for your next gathering. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Serving up this Brussels Sprout Carrot Salad would be perfect for your next gathering. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Salad Time: Raw Brussels Sprout and Carrot Salad

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Brussels sprouts, carrots, parmesan and toasted walnuts plus a yummy lemony garlic dressing equals a simple and refreshing salad.

It’s bright, flavorful and perfect for spring and summer.

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Tom Cook’s Workday PIG Break – Pig Wakes Up When It Smells Cookies [Video]

Yes, I know that my workday break usually features adorable dogs doing adorable things, but today I came across this video and I had to share it.

Phoebe the pig doesn't wake up from naps very easily most of the time. But, when their are cookies involved, she's all about it. 

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Watch Frosty The Snow Goat Take His First Steps With a Wheelchair

Well this is awesome. This little goat's name is Frosty (The Snow Goat), and he's being cared for by the folks at Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary in Australia.

When Frosty came to the sanctuary, he was suffering from a debilitating disease and was full of infection. Because of that, his back legs didn't work, so they got him his own tiny goat wheelchair.

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Category: Grand Rapids News
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Dog Reacts To Owners Being Gone Too Long [Video]

Our dogs love us, and they depend on us to take care of them. That's why it doesn't seem to matter if we've been gone for two minutes or two hours, they're always really excited to see us when we come home. And really, that's one of the best parts about dogs, isn't it?

This dog seems to be a little bit angry that its owner was gone for a while. But, is also just really happy that she's home.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Give A Glove Campaign Kicks Off In Grand Rapids

A new campaign is starting today that will help kids in Grand Rapids play baseball and softball, and will give donors a chance to see the West Michigan Whitecaps.

The organizers of the Give A Glove Campaign will be holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark to outline the program.

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