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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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Photo Courtesy of Founders Brewing Company
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Grand Rapids’ Founders Brewing Co. Announces Another Expansion

Founders Brewing Co. announced Tuesday that they plan to expand their brewery production facility at their current site, 235 Grandville Ave SW. Pending approvals, Founders expects to break ground on this expansion in late October.

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West Michigan Teen Killed In Early Morning Hit-And-Run Identified

Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a West Michigan teen Tuesday morning.

Investigators have identified the victim as 15-year-old Jonathan Bracamontes of Holland. He was hit by a car while walking around 6:15 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 31 and Riley Street.

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Bill Gates Tops Forbes 400 For 21st Year, While Meijer Brothers Doug and Hank, Richard DeVos Make Top 100

Forbes magazine today released its listing of the 400 richest Americans, with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates remaining in the top spot for the 21st straight year.

In addition, Meijer co-chairmen, brothers Hank Meijer and Doug Meijer, and Amway co-founder Richard DeVos both making the top 100.

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Shopped At Home Depot? Check Your Bank Account and Credit Cards

Seems like there have a lot of what they call a "data breach" lately, doesn't it?  First it was the high-profile breach at Target stores, then another one at smaller retailers.  Now?  It's Home Depot!

Banks are reporting that Home Depot experiences a credit card breach that could be BIGGER than the Target problem last year

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Labor Fest 2014 Today in Grand Rapids’ Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Hard to believe September is here, isn't it? Seems like the summer went awfully fast.

But here it is, Labor Day. And if you're looking for something to do today, I'd like to point you toward Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids for Labor Fest 2014!

Labor Fest runs from 11 a

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RECALL: Various Model In-Wall Air Conditioner/Heat Pumps

Here's another recall to tell you about.  This will likely not apply if you're a homeowner, but may be more important if you're in a condo, apartment or own residential or commercial property.

A recall has been issued for certain Amana, Century, Comfort-Aire, Goodman and York International "Terminal Air Conditioner/Heat Pump" units

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Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft Reveals $600,000 Donation to Simply Give

The Meijer LPGA Classic Presented by Kraft, Walker-based Meijer's community-focused inaugural LPGA golf tournament, boosted Meijer's Simply Give food pantry-supporting and hunger-fighting program on Wednesday.

Meijer LPGA Classic by Kraft representatives made a $600,000 donation to Simply Give, which helps Midwest food pantries restock their shelves and improve quality of life for thousands of families.

The proceeds were from the 72-hole tournament, held Aug. 7 to 10 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont and won by South Korean rookie Mirim Lee.

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