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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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How do you Like Your Beer? How About With a Shot of Coffee

Bell's Brewery just announced a new addition to its great beer lineup. It's Arabicadabra! Say what? Arabicadabra! Say it slowly, Ar-a-bi-ca-dabra. Rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it. Actually, it's better tasted than pronounced because it's a coffee milk stout.

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We Eat Bugs All The time And Don’t Even Know It

Did you know we all eat bugs every day? Yep, every day, all year long, believe it or not, and in massive quantities, up to 140,000 thousand bug pieces every year. That's disgusting!

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Would You Like to be a Star?

Admit it, you've always wanted to be on stage, maybe singing and dancing, but you have never taken the leap. Times a wastin, and hour chance is coming this weekend.

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Mason & Wesley Visit for Wet Nose Wednesday

Mason & Wesley came calling today.

The two cute kittens visited with Andy Rent as he talked about them on the Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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5th Annual Andy Rent River Golf Classic Tons of Fun for a Wonderful Cause

Monday, July 17 is D-Day for a fabulous golf outing. Our 5th Annual Andy Rent River Golf Classic, benefiting CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, who become the voice for abused and neglected children in the Kent County Foster Care System.

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Be a Real Sherlock Holmes at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) just announced a cool new experience opening this summer, the Puzzle Room: Quest for Conviction. The Puzzle Room will give groups one hour to search a simulation of the Museum's Archives, solving puzzles, finding clues and creating a display of evidence to achieve conviction.

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Reeds Lake Run Next Weekend

The 39th Annual Huntington Reeds Lake Run is approaching fast, next weekend, actually. Thousands of runners, walkers handcyclists, wheelchair racers and dog walkers, yes, I said dog walkers, will test themselves on the banks of Reeds Lake, next Saturday, June 24.

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Who is Your Favorite Father?

Father's Day is this Sunday, and all of us dads are hoping our families won't forget us, right? Maybe have a fun family cookout, play golf, fish, something fun and relaxing, and, maybe, there will be a gift involved.

Here's a question for you. What's your image of a good Dad? Maybe your father, grandfather, uncle, someone. How about a TV dad?

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WICKED Tickets Going on Sale June 15

WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will make its Grand Rapids premiere on the DeVos Performance Hall stage October 18- November 5. Tickets for the 3-week run will go on sale Thursday, June 15!

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Meijer Garden’s Summer Concerts Kick off Sunday and You Can Still Buy Tickets

Still looking for something to do this weekend? As if there's nothing going on. Festival, the Griffins, and so much more.

Here's another. The Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts at Meijer Gardens, officially kicks off tomorrow Sunday, June 4th, with Replay America, featuring Billy Ocean, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and Taylor Dayne in the Ultimate 80s Tour! And, tickets are still available!

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New Holland Brewing Celebrating 20-Years

Congratulations to New Holland Brewing Company (NHB), celebrating 20 years of brewing craft beer.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary with the City of Holland and the beer that started it all, Mad Hatter IPA, NHB will host an expanded Hatter Days celebration street party next Saturday, June 10, in downtown Holland.

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