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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.
Courtesy Harlem Globetrotters
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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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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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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Artistic Director Robert Lyall Leaving Opera Grand Rapids

Opera Grand Rapids’ Artistic Director Robert Lyall announced he will resign following next month’s production of Britten’s “Noah’s Flood” after a 26-year tenure. Lyall was named General and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) in December of 1998, and he has since retained positions with both NOOA and Opera Grand Rapids. Upon his departure, Lyall will devote his energy to further plans and aspirations for NOOA’s forthcoming seasons.

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Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
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A New Way to Clean the Dishes at Home? [Video]

I do a lot of cooking at home.  Doing a morning radio show means that I'm home by early afternoon, and with my wife, Kathy, working, I'll usually cook dinner.

It's fun cooking my latest creation, but the cleanup, that's another issue.  Yuk! Okay, the dishwasher helps, but if I've messed up some pots and pans, I'm scrubbing, that is until now!

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Courtesy Dog Story Theater
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Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company Returns to Grand Rapids

Dog Story Theater, 7 Jefferson Ave. SE in downtown Grand Rapids, always presents an eclectic brand of theater. It welcomes back Grand Haven-based Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company this month with the classic "All's Well That Ends Well."

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