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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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Bozo’s Big Top Brings Back a lot of Memories

Here is more classic "live and local" TV from years past, and it's non other than Bozo the Clown!

Bozo's Big Top ran for many, many years on WZZM TV13, and was a part of so many children and their families lives. Who doesn't remember being on the Bozo Show and in the Peanut Gallery.

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Last Chance to Go With us to Italy

Time is running out for you to join me and Collette Spotlight Tours, for one of the best vacations you'll ever have. We're going to Italy in August and this is the last week to sign up.

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Hey Buckaroo’s, Do You Remember the Buckaroo Rodeo

It's a Blast from the Past, but I thought it would be fun to see who remembers Buck Barry and the Buckaroo Rodeo. He was the singing cowboy of WOOD TV in the 50's and 60's, dominating local children's TV, and a man I worked with and admired as I began my career at TV8 in 1969.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Picnic Pops has Exciting Lineup This Summer

Classic rock comes to Cannonsburg Ski Area for the Grand Rapids Pops 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops this summer.

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Grand Rapids the 56th Happiest Large American City to Live In

Next Monday, March 20, is International Day of Happiness. So, in honor of that auspicious day, I thought it would be fun to see how we, Grand Rapids and the Greater Grand Rapids area, stacked up to other large metropolitan areas in the "happiness quotient." Well, I didn't have to go too far because WalletHub did it for me.

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Sandra Gaddy is New Women’s Resource Center CEO

The Women’s Resource Center has just announced that Sandra Gaddy had been chosen the organization’s new CEO.

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He’s Only 13, Already a Grammy Nominee, and Playing in Grand Rapids

It's going to be an amazing time in Grand Rapids when thirteen year old world-class jazz artist Joey Alexander makes his debut appearance at St. Cecilia Music Center on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. I did say he is thirteen. Oh, by the way, he's already been nominated for a Grammy.

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