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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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Holland’s Tulip Time Festival Names Parade Grand Marshals

It's hard to believe, but Holland's Tulip Time Festival is just around the corner.

Tulip Time Festival coordinators have announced their grand marshals for the parades during next month's festival, and this year's list includes many Michiganders' favorite Detroit Lions player in recent years.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Dog On A Trampoline [Video]

Trampolines can be tricky, even for people, so I was surprised when I came across this video of a dog jumping on a trampoline like a total pro!

Her name is Tilly, and she's an 8-month-old Boston Terrier who just loves to jump on the trampoline. Who knew dogs could jump like that?

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Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Salad Time: Apple, White Cheddar and Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Spring has finally sprung!

While everyone is spring cleaning and de-cluttering their homes, I think it’s just as important to cleanse our bodies.

They sure deserve it, don’t they? Especially after such a long winter of hibernation and comfort foods. Fresh salads, like this Apple, White Cheddar & Chicken Salad with homemade Honey Mustard Dressing, are the perfect way to lighten up a meal without compromising flavor.

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RECALL ALERT: Troy-Bilt & Remington Leaf Blowers

Before you head out to get rid of those leaves that accumulated in your yard over the winter, you probably want to make sure that your leaf blower isn't going to potentially injure you.

Two different brands of leaf blowers have been recalled.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Dog Plays Pool Better Than Most People [Video]

There are people out there who are extremely good at playing pool. I am not one of those people. I like to think that I'd be able to hold my own against the average person, but I'm not sure if I'd be able to hold my own against this dog.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Dog Sings Along To ‘I Will Always Love You’ [Video]

This dog either loves or hates Whitney Houston's hit song "I Will Always Love You" from the movie "The Bodyguard". It's kind of hard to tell.

This bulldog's name is Fred and he's quite the crooner.

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RECALL: Kraft Recalls 96,000 Pounds Of Hot Dogs

If you stocked up on hot dogs in preparation for grilling season, beware: Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of hot dogs because they might mistakenly contain cheese.

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Red Cross Blood Drives – Week Of April 21, 2014

The Red Cross is still reeling from dangerously low blood supplies after the brutal winter we've had.  As such, they're scheduling blood drives all over West Michigan in an effort to replenish their stock

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Category: Grand Rapids News
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The Singing Nun Is Back With ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’

Sister Cristina, the 25-year-old nun from Sicily competing on Italy’s version of The Voiceis back again! This time covering Cindy Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". She battled against another contestant named Luna, and both brought their A-game to the stage for sure.

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Cop Pulls People Over And Rewards Them For Good Driving [Video]

How cool would it be if the police here in Grand Rapids pulled people over for doing something right? Think about it, you make a complete stop at a stop sign, continue when it's your turn, and then see flashing lights behind you. When the officer steps up to your window, he thanks you for being a good driver and hands you $100! What?

That's exactly what happens in this video.

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Aww… Little Girl And Her Horse Are Best Friends [Video]

Kids usually form special bonds with their pets. Whether it be a fish, a hamster, a cat, a dog, a bunny, or a horse, kids just have a love for animals that is pretty much the cutest thing ever.

This little girl named Emma and her horse Cinnamon just met each other, but they've already formed a very special bond. I love it!

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Memorial Service For ‘Princess Lacey’ Thursday Night At MSU

The 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more across the country will be honored by thousands of her closest friends at a memorial service Thursday night in East Lansing.

Lacey Holsworth's family has asked those who plan on attending the 6:30 p.m. event tonight at the Breslin Center to wear bright colors and smiles in celebration of her life.

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