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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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Do Cats & Hammocks Mix Well? [Video]

I enjoy a good hammock. There's something great about laying in a hammock on a warm summer day listening to music, or reading a book, or taking a nap that just makes life seem great. But, I never thought about getting a hammock for my pets. I don't know that my dog or rabbit would enjoy one much.

The owner of Timo the cat, however, figured that Timo might like having his very own hammock. The question is, though, do cats and hammocks mix?

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Adopted Dog Thanks His New Owner [Video]

I have long said that adopting a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. Dogs that you rescue from shelters just seem to love you more than dogs that you can purchase from a pet store or puppy mill.

This video shows exactly why I've always thought that. Watch this newly adopted dog attack its new owner... with love.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Toddler & Dog Sing The Blues [Video]

I'm pretty sure that when you mix a kid, a dog, and music, the video that you make as a result is an automatic hit. Dogs are cute, kids are cute, and everyone loves music. It's really a win all around.

Today, I came across this video of an adorable little boy playing the harmonica while his best friend (the family dog) "sings" along.

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Category: Animals, Videos
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Watch This Baby Age Fourteen Years In Four Minutes [Video]

It's fun to look back at pictures of your kids throughout the years and see how they've changed from year to year. But, one Dutch man took that one step further.

He put together a time-lapse video of his daughter, Lotte, as she aged from being just a tiny baby to a 14-year-old girl. The transformation is amazing and it's something you absolutely have to see!

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Category: Family / Kids, Videos
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Tax-Filing Tip If You’re Running Late for April 15 Deadline: File an Extension [Video]

The IRS expects to receive 135 million tax returns by the filing deadline of April 15 -- as in 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

However, about 12 million taxpayers will have requested extensions by the filing deadline, giving them an extra 6 months to file, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Kids These Days Don’t Know What A Walkman Is [Video]

Before iPods and smartphones, but after record players and eight-tracks, there was the Walkman.

While it was pretty much a standard possession of teens in the '80s, it's now become obsolete; and there's an entire generation of kids who don't even know what a Walkman is.

In this video, kids are given a Walkman and try to figure out just what in the world it is (and how it works).

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Category: Technology, Videos
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WZZM-13: Evacuation Notice Issued Along Muskegon River in Newaygo County

 

Newaygo County Emergency Services is advising that people living along the Muskegon River, downstream of Croton, should prepare to evacuate immediately, WZZM-13 reports.

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Red Cross Blood Drives – Week Of April 14 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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Ottawa County Will Now Use Goats to Kill Invasive Plants

The Ottawa County Parks Department has a new approach to getting rid of the invasive plants in the area - goats.

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Checking Work Email After 6 p.m. Is Now Banned In France

I tend to work late most days, and because of that I end up sending and reading a TON of emails after most people would already be home spending time with the family. It doesn't bother me at all, but I guess there are some people who would rather not operate that way. Turns out, if I lived in France, I would totally have change that, though.

Thursday, two employee unions and federations in France signed an agreement that requires employees to disconnect after the workday ends at 6 p.m. sharp.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Now With Cats!

I know that usually my workday dog break only features, well, a dog. But, today I came across a video that both dog AND cat lovers will enjoy!

Meet cats Finn and Frankie. They love to cuddle their friend Jetta the dog, and it looks like they also want to make sure the dog gets nice and clean.

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Tom Cook’s Workday Dog Break – Big Dog Is Afraid Of Tiny Leaf

I can't lie, I love doing my "workday dog break" for a couple of different reasons. First of all, I love sharing these adorable dogs with all of you. But a close second is that I love taking time out of my day to find these videos (and watch them).

Today, I came across another great one. In this video, a "big, vicious" dog meets its nemesis - a tiny leaf. 

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Category: Animals, Videos

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