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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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Car CD Players = Thing Of the Past

This week there have been a ton of stories announcing that car CD players are going to become a thing of the past.   That's something we all sort of knew anyway, but it's interesting to see "on the record."

Apparently, people are using the CD players less and less; they're using smartphones, iPods and USB sticks to play music.  So automakers want to get rid of them (CD players, not people) because they're  expensive and mainly appeal to older drivers. 

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Young Girl Pissed About “All Pink” Toys For Girls

This video had floated around the interwebs for a while.  It's still pretty cute today.

A little girl named Riley goes off about why companies "want girls to buy the pink stuff instead of stuff that boys want to buy."

She went on to say that some girls liked superheroes and princesses, and some boys liked superheroes and princesses.

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Woman Gives Birth On Train To NYC

Most people in Midwest or Great Lakes states don't quite "get" the concept of "taking the train" to get places like they do on the East Coast.  I was guilty of thinking "why on earth would you take a train? why not just drive?"

That was before I actually LIVED in Philadelphia and worked in New York City.  Then I fully understood how easy it was to "take the train" into the city and avoid parking, traffic jams, tolls, tunnels and everything else that comes with East Coast living. Many weekends during my time in Philadelphia, I would drive to Trenton, NJ, and take the train into New York City to work on the radio.

And let's just say the trains aren't exactly clean and spotless

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