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Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, Andy also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, and probably is the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. Andy is originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, Andy stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. He moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where he met his wife Kathy. Andy is deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. He has served on the board of directors of the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. He also assists 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 grand children. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 8 grandchildren. They 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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Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Winners Announced

Restaurant Week was another huge success in Grand Rapids, wrapping up Sunday, with thousand enjoying some fabulous food at over 60 restaurants. I tried several, and I certainly can vouch for some wonderful food.

However, food wasn't the only thing happening. There was the Grand Cocktail Competition, judged by a panel of judges, me included, and a public voting part of the contest as well.

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Barbra Streisand’s ‘Partners’ Album To Be Released September 16th [Video]

If you're a Barbra Streisand fan, here's good news. Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand's "Partners" album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 new Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists.

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Garfield Park 41st Annual Arts and Crafts Fair on September 6

On Saturday, September 6th, the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA), will celebrate their 41st Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Citywide participants and Garfield Park residents will enjoy shopping and family fun and a variety of other activities at the Arts & Craft Fair. The Garfield Park Arts & Crafts Fair is one of the largest in West Michigan.

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"Franklin & Bash" Star Toni Trucks with Andy Rent
"Franklin & Bash" Star Toni Trucks with Andy Rent
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Television Star Toni Trucks Visits Andy Rent [Audio]

It was a sparkling day in the studio today on "Andy in the Morning." Stage, screen and TV star, Toni Trucks stopped by.

Born in Grand Rapids, but spending most of her early life in Manistee, the Interlochen Arts Academy and U of M grad has been a busy, and successful actress in movies, Broadway and television.

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Grand Valley State University is Green Award Winner

 

Grand Valley State University was again named one of the country’s greenest universities by the Sierra Club, the largest national grassroots environmental organization in the U.S. The university is the highest-ranking Michigan institution on the list, ahead of universities such as Texas A&M and Ohio State.

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Restaurant Week Grand Cocktail Competition Winners to be Announced Saturday

Restaurant WeekGR wraps up this week as the "Grand Cocktail Competition" winners will be announced at an outdoor Bourbon BBQ event at The B.O.B. in Downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, August 23 at 4:30 p.m. The Grand Cocktail competition is a part of Restaurant Week here in Grand Rapids, which runs through this Sunday, August 24.

Thirty-one restaurants and their mixologists / bartenders / management staff are currently participating.

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