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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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Courtesy Ron Vance
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Enjoy A Grand Rapids Blast From the Past at the Pantlind Hotel

Here is a good look back in time to a big hotel in Grand Rapids. It was THE hotel, too, a show piece and very fancy for it's time. It was the Pantlind, known today as.....The Amway Grand Plaza.

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More Great Jazz Coming to St. Cecilia Music Center

Eight of the best jazz musicians from around the world are coming to Grand Rapids. They're coming to the Royce Auditorium stage on May 4 for a great concert with music of Miles Davis as well as their own compositions.

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"Miss Diamond"/TSMGR
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Miss Diamond is our Pet of the Week on Wet Nose Wednesday

Miss Diamond the dog is our special pet of the week.

Andy Rent talked about her on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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2014 Giro d'Italia - Stage Eighteen
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There is Still Room for You on our Trip to Italy

August is just around the corner and there is a wonderful trip to Italy waiting for you. Yes, there is still room for you to join me as we spend nine delightful days in Tuscany exploring, eating delicious food and sampling fabulous wines, August 24 through September 1.

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Jazz Saxophone Star Playing with the Byron Center Jazz Orchestra

International Jazz Saxophonist Tim Warfield, Jr. joins the nationally recognized Byron Center Jazz Orchestra for COOL JAZZ on Friday, April 28th at 7:30 pm at the Van Singel Fine Arts Center as part of the 2016-2017 Chemical Bank Series.

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Last Chance to Have Taxes Prepared for Free

Tax Day is getting close, very close, Tuesday, April 18, as a matter of fact. No, it's not the 15th this year since that falls on a Saturday, so, yes, you have three extra days.

Are you waiting till the last minute, as thousand of others do? Why not take the worry out of filing and get some help, and get it for FREE?

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Grand Rapids #2 Best Food & Beverage Destination in the World

And, the accolades just keep piling up!

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the world’s leading authority on food and beverage tourism, has announced the winners of the 2017 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism, and we are a winner!

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Singer / Songwriter Marc Cohn at St. Cecelia Thursday Night

Soulful Grammy award winning folk singer / songwriter Marc Cohn will bring his beautiful mucsic to Royce Auditorium and St. Cecilia Music Center this Thursday night, April 13 at 7:30. It's going to be a great night.

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Griffins Game Tonight Hopes to Benefit Kids’ Food Basket

The Grand Rapids Griffins are home tonight at the Van Andel Arena, playing Cleveland. It's a big game as they try to secure first place in the division before the playoffs begin.

It's also a big game because the Griffins want to help Kids' Food Basket!

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