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Andy Rent, Major Norman Grainger, Roger Morgenstern
Andy Rent, Major Norman Grainger, Roger Morgenstern
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Consumers Energy, The Salvation Army Help Michigan Families Stay Warm

Thousands of Michigan residents reaching out to The Salvation Army to stay warm this winter will be able to with statewide energy bill assistance funded by the non-profit organization and Consumers Energy.

This morning on "Andy in the Morning," Roger Morgenstern, Consumers Energy's senior public information director, and Maj. Norman Grainger, Kent County coordinator for The Salvation Army of Western Michigan & Northern Indiana, discussed Consumers Energy's $1.6 million contribution to The Salvation Army.

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The Short Film That Inspired the Oscar-Winning ‘Whiplash’

Before he made the Oscar-winning film Whiplash, writer/director Damien Chazelle made a short film called “Whiplash,” an excerpt from the feature script with the same characters, one of the same lead actors, and much the same story. J.K. Simmons, who won an Academy Award last week for his performance as the brutally abusive music teacher Mr. Fletcher, first played the role here. Miles Teller, who played ambitious drummer Andrew Neiman is MIA though; his part is played by Johnny Simmons from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 21 Jump Street, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Mentos-Wearing Man Swims in Bath of Coke Zero

From the Walkman of the 1980s to anime to sushi, the best things come from Japan.

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Elton John Heads Out on U.S. Tour; See Him in Las Vegas Through 100.5 The River [Video]

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sir Elton John has carved out one of the most illustrious music careers of the past half-century.

He is the third most successful artist in the history of the American music charts, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

His home away from his United Kingdom home is Las Vegas, where he the resident artist at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace from March 18 to April 14. And you can win a trip to see him in concert there through 100.5 The River!

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Michigan DNR Looking for Volunteers to Monitor Frog Population

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help with the 20th annual statewide frog and toad survey this spring.

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Hall & Oates Ticket Details Released for May 9 Grand Rapids Concert [Video]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Hall & Oates last week announced that Grand Rapids would be a May 9 stop on its spring tour.

Now ticket information for Daryl Hall's and John Oates' Grand Rapids performance has been released -- and those go on sale Friday.

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Kentwood Jewelry Store Robbed; Police Searching for Suspect

Police are currently searching for the suspect in an armed robbery at a Kentwood jewelry store Monday morning.

The robbery was reported at 10:49 a.m. EST at West Michigan Jewelry Exchange, 4634 South Division Avenue.

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15 ‘Lord of the Rings’ Facts to Rule Them All

Nicolas Cage in a Lord of the Rings film? It almost happened, if you can believe that. Cage was offered the role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson's trilogy but eventually turned it down. He would later explain, “[It] shot for a great quantity of time. I had family obligations, so I’m glad I stayed and had those experiences with my family.” This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which travels to Middle-earth for The Lord of the Rings trilogy!

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WZZM-13 President GM Janet Mason Honored by Michigan National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

 WZZM-13 president and general manager was honored in Detroit last evening for her accomplishments in Television Broadcasting. 

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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Announces 90th Season

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts have announced their 90th season, and it certainly has a "wow" factor.

The season is filled with performances reflecting its 90-year history of being one of the top amateur regional theaters in the country.

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Get ‘Frozen Fever’ with Trailer for the New Disney Short

If the prospect of a new live-action version of Cinderella wasn’t enticing enough, the new Disney film is opening with a special added attraction: “Frozen Fever,” a short sequel to Frozen, the most popular movie (and most dastardly earworm) of 2013. And here I thought “Frozen fever” was a mental illness that made kids sing “Let It Go” over and over again until their parents begged for the sweet release of death. My mistake.

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100.5 The River’s March 2015 Top Songs Playlist

Rita Coolidge's 'We're All Alone'

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