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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.
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Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids
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West Michigan Has Good Jobs and Economic News for 2015

Yesterday, I posted some good economic news regarding consumer spending over the holidays, so I thought I would continue the "rosy" news, especially for here in West Michigan.

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Getty Images Entertainment
Kevin Winter Getty Images Entertainment
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Oscar Announces 2015 Movie Nominations

Entertainment Weekly has released the 2015 much anticipated 2015 Oscar nominations, and to no surprise, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led this year’s class of Oscar films with nine nominations apiece, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director.

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Jeff ‘The Animal Guy’ Musial Takes His Siberian Lynx on ‘Jimmy Fallon’ [Video]

Did you have a chance go see Jeff "The Animal Guy" Musial at East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center last fall?

Hundreds did and what a show. So many go to meet him and get up-close and personal with some of his animals.

I thought this would be fun to share, as Jeff shares his favorite facts about his Siberian lynx, Boomer, with before he went on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" earlier this week.

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Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
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Holiday Shopping Was at Highest Level Since 2011

100.5 The River has been your Christmas music station since 2000. 

Wow! Almost 15 years of playing your Christmas favorites through November and December.

Since we're in a new year now, I thought it would be good to sort of wrap up this past holiday season with some good economic news.

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Courtesy Harlem Globetrotters
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Harlem Globetrotters Returning to Grand Rapids

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour.

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Courtesy West Michigan Whitecaps
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West Michigan Whitecaps, Detroit Tigers Extend Contract to 2020

The Detroit Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps announced today that it has agreed to a two-year extension of its player development contract.

The agreement will keep Detroit Tigers prospects playing at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park through the 2020 season.

Tigers Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta said that moving forward with the Whitecaps was an easy decision.

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Colleen O'Rourke
Colleen O'Rourke
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Winner Announced in Loeschner Art Competition at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced Grand Rapids native, Colleen O’Rourke, as the winner of the 2014 Ray and Nancy Loeschner Annual Art Competition.

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Jazz Great, Christian McBride, Performs at St. Cecilia Music Center in February

Jazz returns to St. Cecilia Music Center in February with the Christian McBride Trio. They'll be here on February 19, at 7:30 p.m. The trio is formed around premier bassist Christian McBride, along with pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

One of the most dynamic bassist of his generation, 41 year-old Christian McBride creates a jazz tour de force with Sands and Owens, both younger emerging artists. They have been performing as a trio for about three years. In 2014, Christian McBride released his fifth recording “Out Here” on Mack Avenue Records featuring the trio.

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Jocelyn Goldberg (Wieden+Kennedy)
Jocelyn Goldberg (Wieden+Kennedy)
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Doritos Ninjas, Clydesdales, Talking Frogs, Coke and More at GVSU on Friday

What do Doritos ninjas, Clydesdale horses, talking frogs, cavemen, a miniature Darth Vader and Mean Joe Green have in common?

They all have had their 30 to 60 seconds of fame as commercials during the Super Bowl.

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