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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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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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Cannonsburg Ski Area Announces Earliest Opening Date Ever

All of you skiing and snowboarding fans will be happy to hear this! It's almost time to strap them on and hit the slopes!

In fact, Cannonsburg Ski Area is opening to the public this Saturday, at 10 a.m. This will be the earliest date that Cannonsburg has ever opened for a season.

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Courtesy of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department
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University of Michigan Football Player Dismissed From Team After Domestic Violence Arrest

University of Michigan defensive end Frank Clark has been dismissed from the Michigan football team after being accused of domestic violence in Ohio over the weekend.

Coach Brady Hoke has called the situation "tragic".

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Expect Mother Nature to Play Some Tricks with Halloween Weather on Friday

Mother Nature may have tricks of her own to play, with high winds, rain and snow being forecast by the National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office for Friday.

That's going to make for some possibly challenging conditions for trick-or-treating on Halloween.

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Meijer Announces Dates for the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft

After a successful inaugural tournament that generated $600,000 for Midwest food pantries, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids in 2015 for another week of community events and the best women golfers in the world.

The tournament is slated July 20-26, 2015, at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, and will again benefit the Walker-based retailer Meijer's Simply Give program.

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Wednesday Morning’s Lunar Eclipse Will Create ‘Blood Moon’

 

The second (and last) total lunar eclipse of 2014 will be happening early Wednesday morning, just before sunrise here in the Eastern Time Zone. During the eclipse, the moon will appear a coppery red color, which is referred to as a "blood moon". The moon will appear red because of all the sunsets and sunrises from the Earth that will reflect onto the moon's surface. 

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