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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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Device Addiction Grows with Mobile Internet of Things [Video]

Well, this is interesting. Maybe not the reality of it, but its depth, breadth and reach.

According to a new Deloitte survey on mobile consumer trends, we -- as in us U.S. consumers -- are becoming more and more obsessed with our electronic devices. Just call it device addiction.

Some of the facts: Nearly 90 percent check their phones in the first hour of being awake and 23 percent look at their devices up to 50 times a day. Wow.

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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
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NASA Awakens New Horizons Spacecraft Ahead of Pluto Encounter [Video]

NASA's doing some crazy things this month.

First, it launched its first spacecraft in three years since the space shuttle.

Now, the U.S. space agency has awakened its New Horizons spacecraft for an encounter with Pluto -- which is still a planet to me.

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Ben Stevens
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And the Survey Says: Wine Beats Beer for Christmas

Much has been written about pairing wines with whatever you are serving up for dinner, or whether a stout or an IPA would best accompany that stew on your stove.

But when it comes to alcoholic beverage choices for American adults, how much does when factor into the type of drink one chooses?

Apparently, quite a bit, according to a recent Harris Poll.

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NASA Television
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NASA’s Back in Space Flight Game with Orion [Video]

NASA reached a major milestone Friday as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.

Bottom line: NASA's back in the spaceflight game for the first time since the space shuttle program ended three years ago.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Brings Holiday Spectacle to Grand Rapids on Sunday [Video]

If you've never seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform, don't even bother imagining what might unfold.

It is something seemingly slightly beyond the realm of reality being brought to Grand Rapids for Trans-Siberian Orchestra's performances at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Van Andel Arena.

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Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images
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Ebola, Minecraft, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Flappy Bird top Yahoo Searches, Obsessions

Yahoo has released its top searches for 2014, and Ebola tops the list.

This year’s top searches on Yahoo included a national obsession, an international health crisis and some favorite women stars.

Yes, there are other search engines other than Google.

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Material Girl: Madonna Tops List of World’s Richest Recording Artists

Pop music icon Madonna was atop a list released today by Wealth-X of the world's top 10 richest recording artists.

The 56-year-old Michigan native, who now lives in the United Kingdom, has a net worth of $800 million to rank ahead of British rock-and-roll legend Paul McCartney.

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Jeff Musial The Animal Guy’s Wildlife Show Hits East Grand Rapids November 23 [Video]

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