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Rob Sparks

I’m the afternoon host on Channel 95.7, 3p-7p weekdays! I’m originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas and most recently moved from southern Missouri, so you may hear a little southern drawl from time to time (especially if we see each other downtown on the weekend, haha!) Before moving to Missouri, I hosted a morning show in South Bend, IN; so I’m cool with snow and lack of constant humidity during the summer. I’m the oldest of 3 brothers and a proud uncle to 3 awesome nephews who are still young enough to think I’m really cool! Other than myself, the only life I’m responsible for is my freaky cat Diggy (who has 7 toes on his front paws, hence the “freaky” part.) I really enjoy getting out and meeting people; friends are the best. I also live to entertain people either with my story telling or cracking jokes. I watch anything with “swamp” in the title as well as a lot of comedies, ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ is one of my favorite shows. I also truly believe that one day I will be friends with famous people (hear me Taylor Lautner and Reed Timmer?!) Truth be told, I’m really stoked to finally live in a city with more than one tall building! If you see me out and about exploring, stop me and say hi! That’s about it... wanna know more, just listen each afternoon. I’m sure you’ll learn more than you wanted.
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So Why Were There Firetrucks On All The Overpasses Along US-131 Sunday?

If you were driving along US 131 late Sunday morning, you likely saw firetrucks on most of the overpasses as you went through Grand Rapids, and Wyoming honoring someone or something, but what was it...

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People Doing Good: GRPD Officer Caught Helping Overheated Elderly Lady

This is a great story and a great reminder.

I came across a post by Bruce Steffke in the We Are Westsiders Facebook group about an act of compassion he witnessed to at the Meijer gas station on Kalamazoo Ave, just south of 28th Street...

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Muskegon Michigan/Facebook
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5 Cool Things You Can Do In Muskegon This Summer

The other day I was talking to a friend about things to do before summer is over and she said she couldn’t afford a huge trip, so I started searching things close to Grand Rapids, within an hour drive or so, and was surprised at how many things popped up in Muskegon...

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Mario Tama/Getty Images
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It’s Technically ILLEGAL to Throw Away Bottles and Cans in Michigan

When I first moved here, doing the whole bottle and can return was weird for me.  In Arkansas and Indiana (two states I’ve lived considerable amounts of time in) throwing bottles and cans in the trash, perfectly acceptable...

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"Keep It Clean" To Benefit Waterkeeper Alliance
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Comedian Bill Burr Gave Grand Rapids 9 Minutes Of Love On His Podcast

Comedian Bill Burr spent almost 9 minutes the other day on his podcast, "The Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr",  talking about how great we are in Grand Rapids… well, he bounced around on a bunch of topics, but the most part was about a recent trip to G...

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