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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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P.F. Chang’s Investigating Potential Nationwide Data Breach

The popular chain restaurant P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (with one location here in Grand Rapids on the East Beltline) is investigating a possible data breach that may have impacted customers across the nation.

USA Today reports that the first report of this breach came from a cyber security blogger named Brian Krebs. Krebs is also the man who uncovered the data breach at Target stores.

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Summer Water Safety: Do You Know Signs of a Person Who Is Drowning?

As "summer vacation season" heats up in Michigan, many people will head to the beach, soak up some sun and spend time in the water. But, what if someone - maybe a family member - was drowning?  Would you realize it?  Do you think it would be like what you see on TV or in the movies?

I ran across a fantastic video showing TRUE signs drowning (hint: there aren't many) and thought it was important to share with you

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Grand Rapids Market On First Fridays

This Friday, Grand Rapids' "Avenue For the Arts" becomes home to art, music, culture - and The Market On First Fridays!

Running from 5pm to 9pm this Friday, the sidewalks of South Division between Fulton and Cherry Street will be packed with local artists, entertainment and businesses, showcasing some of Grand Rapids’ most talented "doers."

There will be a LOT of activities to enjoy and goods to buy at the

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Give A Glove Campaign Kicks Off In Grand Rapids

A new campaign is starting today that will help kids in Grand Rapids play baseball and softball, and will give donors a chance to see the West Michigan Whitecaps.

The organizers of the Give A Glove Campaign will be holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark to outline the program.

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Fifth/Third Bank Summer Concert Series at Meijer Gardens – 12 Shows Sell Out In First Weekend

The Fifth/Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park boast a pretty fantastic lineup this summer - and it shows by how well tickets sold following their release to Meijer Gardens members over the weekend.

Twelve of the thirty shows scheduled for this summer's concert series have already sold out. 

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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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