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Andy Rent

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.
St. Cecilia Music Center
St. Cecilia Music Center
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ArtPrize 2014: St. Cecilia Music Center Announces Five Music Prize Winners

ArtPrize 2014 is now in our rear view mirror. Another successful year with the world's largest art competition. Congratulations to the winners, announced Friday evening, in all the visual arts.  However, there also was a music component of ArtPrize, sponsored in part by St. Celilia Music Center, and I offer a large CONGRATULATIONS to those music winners.

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Crafty Toys, Ride Ons Join Classics, Electronic Toys on Retailer’s Second Annual Holiday Toy List Chosen by Kids

Halloween isn't even here yet, and we're already talking about Christmas. I have even seen some retailers begin stocking their shelves with tree decorations to get a jump on holiday shopping. So, mom's, dad's and grandparents everywhere, I want you to get a jump on shopping for your kids.

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Fleetwood Mac Is Coming to Grand Rapids in January

Rock legends Fleetwood Mac, which performed two sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden earlier this week, has confirmed they will be adding at least 28 more dates to their already scheduled 40-city ON WITH THE SHOW tour, including an 8 p.m. performance on Jan. 20, 2015 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

The announcement was made during the band’s live performance this morning on NBC's "Today Show," where Fleetwood Mac performed.

The second leg of the tour begins Jan. 16, 2015, in St. Paul, Minn.

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A Predicted Cold Winter Means High Heating Bills. Will you Need Help?

Our weather is beautiful now, but if the weather man is right, we should expect another snowy, cold, winter. And with the cold, come the need for heat, and that cost money. Will you be able to afford it?

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Grand Valley State University
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An Evening of Poetry at Grand Valley October 16

Two acclaimed American poets will be reading from their works at “An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Mark Doty and Dorianne Laux” — a part of Grand Valley State University’s annual Fall Arts Celebration.

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Cher Concert is Rescheduled and Will be in Grand Rapids January 11

The one and only Cher, whose phenomenally successful ‘Dressed to Kill’ Tour was postponed for several weeks due to the star’s recent illness, has now confirmed the newly rescheduled dates. The tour will now come to Grand Rapids on January 11, 2015 at Van Andel Arena. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are still scheduled to open the 7:30 PM show.

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