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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, I also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, might be the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. I'm originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, I stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. I moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where I met my wife Kathy. I'm deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. I've served on the board of directors of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. I also assist the Salvation Army, DeGage Ministries, JDRF, Disability Advocates, Hope Network, and various other non-profit organizations. Interests: I love golf, travel, reading, dining out, theater and movies. And, of course my children and grandchildren. My wife Kathy and I have 7 children and 13 grandchildren.We have a busy life. Music: I love all kinds - especially jazz, blues, and classical, rock and pop hits. The best part about my job: The ability to make a difference in the community.
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Awkward Moments in Michigan We’ve All Suffered Through

Oh, those awkward moments in your life. We've all had them, those uncomfortable situations that come up and we wish we could just disappear, or die, right?

Living in Michigan, we have our special "Michigan moments," too. Like trying to explain things we take for granted, but when traveling, or are talking to someone from another state, you lose them. Awkward!

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Grand Valley Football Player Donates Bone Marrow to Save a Life

If this doesn't tug at your heart a bit, I don't know what will, because this just shows that prayers can be answered in many ways, and this answer came in the form of a Grand Valley State University football player.

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Grand Rapids Named One of Best Places in the U.S.A. to Have a Cocktail

Grand Rapids continues to draw attention from around the country for our quality of life, affordability, economy, education, beer, etc. We've heard we are the best place to raise a family, start a business, retire, and so much more. How about best place to have a cocktail?

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A School Millage Vote Next Week For Kent County. What Do You Think?

This caught me a little off guard, but all of us throughout Kent County will be asked to consider a nine-tenths mill tax increase to benefit for our schools on May 2nd. This isn't limited to only certain districts, but all 20 Kent Public School districts. Are you thinking yes, no? Before you make up your mind, read on.

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Last Chance to Have Taxes Prepared for Free

Tax Day is getting close, very close, Tuesday, April 18, as a matter of fact. No, it's not the 15th this year since that falls on a Saturday, so, yes, you have three extra days.

Are you waiting till the last minute, as thousand of others do? Why not take the worry out of filing and get some help, and get it for FREE?

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Grand Rapids #2 Best Food & Beverage Destination in the World

And, the accolades just keep piling up!

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism, has announced the winners of the 2017 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism, and we are a winner!

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