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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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Courtesy Meijer Gardens
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Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and More Coming to Meijer Gardens This Summer

About this time of year, we all begin to get antsy to find out the lineup for the Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series. And, about this time of year, the Meijer Gardens begins "trickling out" information about who's coming. So, here's your "trickle."

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High Five Burger/West Michigan Whitecaps
High Five Burger/West Michigan Whitecaps
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Fan Favorite Food Contest is ON With the Whitecaps

Before the first pitch of Spring Training flies (just four weeks away!) the West Michigan Whitecaps, along with their partner Zeeland Food Services, Inc., makers of Zoye Premium Vegetable Oil, are looking for the next star on the Fifth Third Ballpark menu! Whitecaps fans can submit ideas for what new food items they would like to see served at Fifth Third Ballpark this summer.

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Grand Rapids Homeless Shelter Expanding Warming Center’s Hours

It's cold! Winter is hitting us pretty hard, right now, so, time to crank up the heat. Which is something I was thinking about just yesterday. How blessed we are to have a warm, comfortable place to go in weather like this. But what bothers me is that not all of us are as blessed. Without a warm home to go, what do you do?

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Bye, Bye Kmart and Other Grand Rapids Businesses

2016 was quite a year, huh? We elected, and will be swearing in, a new President very soon, had to say goodbye to so many movie stars, recording artists, and others, who have made a difference, or had an effect, in our lives. And, locally, we have seen many, popular, or formally popular, businesses close up. 

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How About Some Fun for New Year’s Eve in West Michigan?

Christmas is almost hear and there is still so much to do. But, let's not forget the New Year follows close behind. Whether you chose to quietly ring in the new year, or blow it out, here are some ideas for you that the West Michigan Tourist Association has put together.

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Families And Volunteers Greet U.S. Troops At Dallas Fort Worth Airport
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West Michigan Troops Will Get Warm Welcome at Ford Airport Over Thanksgiving

We owe all of our troops a huge thank you for all they do. West Michigan is known for it's love and compassion, that will go without saying. And this Thanksgiving holiday, a big welcome home and other festivities are on tap for the returning men and women in the military, at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

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Whitecaps Making a Few Changes to Fifth Third Ballpark

The players have all packed up and returned home for the off-season. Road construction season is winding down with the coming freeze, but that never stops the West Michigan Whitecaps, because construction season at Fifth Third Ballpark is just beginning.

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