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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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West Michigan Golf Show This Weekend in Grand Rapids

It's hard to believe, but the 29th Annual West Michigan Golf Show with hundreds of exhibits from courses and resorts to clubs and merchandise, is this weekend in downtown Grand Rapids at DeVos Place. With fabulous door prizes, free golf lessons, clinics, and the Treetops Par-3 Challenge (actual golf hole inside!) where one lucky golfer might win $25,000, it's THE place to be for all Michigan golfers.

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16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference - Day 3
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Pokey LaFarge Concert Tonight at St. Cecilia Music Center

Here's a tip to create a really great Thursday night, like, tonight. Combine early jazz, ragtime, country blues and Western swing! What do you find with all of that? A Pokey LaFarge concert!

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Louie and Leo the Cats Visit for Wet Nose Wednesday

Louie and Leo came calling today.

Louie and Leo visited with Andy Rent as he talked about her on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Courtesy Highlands Golf Club
Courtesy Highlands Golf Club
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Highlands Golf Course Will Become Part of Blandford Nature Center

The over 100 year-old classic Donald Ross designed Grand Rapids golf course, The Highlands, formerly the Elks Country Club, is being sold, but not to who you might think.

Originally announced as a property being developed for mixed-use residential, Blandford Nature Center has collaborated with local partners on a transformational land deal that could help reshape a neighborhood on the west side of Grand Rapids.

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Andy Rent/ Eric Chaitin/Jim Bultema
Andy Rent/ Eric Chaitin/Jim Bultema
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Another New Restaurant Opens in Grand Rapids and it’s a Gem

I had the pleasure of "hanging out" with two of my favorite people Thursday night. Executive Chef and partner, Eric Chaitin and his partner, Jim Bultema, have opened the new Matchbox Diner & Drinks restaurant, formerly the Brandywine, on Lake Drive in Eastown, and it's a gem.

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Courtesy GRPM
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Kent County Residents Getting Special Benefits at Grand Rapids Public Museum

Remember last years millage request and vote to support the Grand Rapids Public Museum and John Ball Zoo? Well, it passed with the help of loyal supporters, and now we get to reap the benefits!

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“20 Monroe Live” is a Spectacular Downtown Addition

Attending the VIP party Tuesday night at The B.O.B.'s new addition, 20 Monroe Live, was a heck of a way to be introduced to the newest addition to the downtown Grand Rapids entertainment scene. One word, WOW! Another word, COOL!

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Courtesy GR Retro
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Artwork in Grand Rapids Uncovered

If you've driven down around Plainfield and Leonard lately, maybe you have noticed some cool art. No, seriously, some hand-painted artwork on the former Flying Bridge Fish Market.

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