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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.
(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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School Closing Announcements the Fun Way [Video]

I don't think this has hit West Michigan yet, but some school systems around the country are using creative ways to announce a "snow day!"

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West Michigan Golf Show Opens Today in DeVos Place

If you're a golfer, you can't wait for the snow to clear so we can hit that little white ball around a golf course.  I can't happen soon enough.

This weekend, you can 'wet your appetite' at the 26th Annual West Michigan Golf Show with hundreds of exhibits from courses and resorts to clubs and merchandise.

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Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
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Зимние Олимпийские игры: Сцены из Сочи (Winter Olympics: Scenes from Sochi)

By Taylor Irby | BSU at the Games

So it begins. #travelday #roadtosochi #ballstate #airport http://t.co/Wu3JpwQgLi

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) February 4, 2014

 

@DavidPolaski I'm on my way to the Olympics. #boom

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) Februar

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Whitecaps-Nick Castellanos
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Whitecaps Tickets on Sale Saturday at Fifth Third Ballpark Open House

Play ball!

Baseball is just around the corner; really. Spring training and the regular season bring us eternal hope that the snow will be gone and it will be warm!

For the West Michigan Whitecaps, their season will open soon enough, and, yes, at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park. Construction continues and crews work to restore the first base side of the ballpark from the disastrous fire earlier this year. 

However, Fifth Third Ballpark will be open Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an open house to celebrate the start of individual game ticket sales for the 2014 season.

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Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
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Winter Olympics: Built for Speed, U.S.’ Innovative Under Armour Skin Suits Hit the Ice

By Allyson Burger | BSU at the Games

Since the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, U.S. engineers in sports technology and aerospace have joined forces on a top-secret project.

What was it? Super-secret spy technology? A faster than the speed of light aircraft?

No.

The mission had one sole purpose: to make the fastest speedskaters in the world even faster.

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