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Rob Sparks

I’m the new 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?!) I’m really excited to explore all that G.R. and West Michigan have to offer; everyone I’ve talked to, has told me how great this area is, which is exciting! 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! I’m also open to suggestions of places to check out! That’s about it... wanna know more, just listen each afternoon. I’m sure you’ll learn more than you wanted.
Arby's Gives Fans A Sneak Peek At Its New Manhattan Restaurant
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Arby’s Announces Major Security Breach, Over 350,000 Credit Card Numbers Could Be Affected

Arby’s… they have the meats; they also have a pretty major security breach with over 350,000 customers affected.

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Daddy’s Dough Stops By To Discuss Cookies And Dessert Wars

Dessert Wars (which is sold out) is this Friday at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  For the past few weeks, we’ve had some of the bakeries and restaurants stop by and show us what they’re bringing to the big event...

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The 58th GRAMMY Awards - Show
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I Can’t Believe What Taylor Swift Says In “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”

Ok, so now the video has come out for Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” and obviously what I thought Taylor Swift was saying in verse 3, is not quite it… or at least they didn’t want to put it in the video...

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Mark Hamill Visits Walt Disney World For Star Wars Weekends 2014
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West MI Boy Granted ‘Star Wars’ “Wish” And A Tweet From Jedi Master Mark Hamill

This has been a pretty awesome weekend for Bo Valarde-Chan, a 10 year old boy from Kalamazoo.

You see, Bo suffers from Microvillus Inclusion Disease which is an extremely rare and life threatening...

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McDonald's Reports Poor Quarterly Earnings
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The Shamrock Shake Returns To West Michigan McDonald’s This Week, With A Few New Twists

Holy Moly!  It's once again the time of year when West Michigan McDonalds' bring back the Shamrock Shake... BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE -  this year they're bringing 5 different flavors...

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High Cheese Prices Cut Into Kraft's Profits
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Could Michigan Soon Upset Wisconsin As The Cheesiest State?

 

It may happen as Glanbia Nutritionals, an Irish company, plans to open up shop in Michigan.

As Gov. Snyder mentioned in his 2017 State of the State, our state is second only to Colorado for milk production with our almost 420,000 dairy cows, which is why Glanbia Nutritionals plans to start a cheddar cheese production facility here in Michigan.

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Juliet Dragos, WZZM
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Polar Plunge Raises $100K For Special Olympics And Sets Record

I have mad respect for people who do the polar plunge; I used to be that brave, but now I get cold just looking at the water.

That didn’t stop a record number of people from showing up in Muskegon for the annual Muskegon Polar Plunge...

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Shelly Stammis via Facebook
Shelly Stammis via Facebook
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People Doing Good: Lowell Basketball Team Honors Caledonia Player In A Touching Gesture

Ok, heads up, this will probably make you cry, but good tears!

Back in October, right before the high school basketball season started, Caledonia junior Macayla Kohn was killed in a car accident...

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via 1Elmtree's channel on YouTube
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You Too Can Own Your Own Island With a Lighthouse…And It’s Here In Michigan

So maybe you have a few children with different people and can’t move out of state… or maybe you hate all the humidity living in the south would bring, but you really want to live on an island; GOOD NEWS, there’s one for sale in Michigan...

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HEADS UP: New Phone Scam That Could Pretty Much Fool Anyone

Police around the country are warning you to hang up immediately, if you get a call where someone asks you “Can you hear me?”

The scammers use your response of YES to then make unauthorized purchases on your phone or utility bill...

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Mayor Rosalynn Bliss via Facebook
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss via Facebook
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Mayor Bliss Shares Experience With Sexism and Her Way of Dealing With It [Video]

Mayor Bliss spoke last night at the Progressive Women’s Alliance event which was held at The Pyramid Scheme downtown Grand Rapids; it was there she revealed that had experience sexism, first as a City Commissioner and then as mayor...

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McDonald's Same Store Sales Up 7.1 Percent In January
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McDonald’s Is Giving Away Their Special Sauce At ONE West Michigan Location Tomorrow

McDonald’s Big Mac “Special Sauce” has been a thing of rumors for years… mainly what makes it special sauce? Most of us say it’s just Thousand Island Dressing, but now you can do a side by side comparison because McDonald’s is giving away their Special Sauce

Yep, tomorrow (Thursday) McDonald’s is giving away 10,000 bottles of Big Mac Special Sauce...

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