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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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Winter Olympics: Meet the U.S. Nordic Combined Team

I am so excited that 100.5 The River is at the Sochi Winter Olympics!

That is because we have teamed up with Ball State University, BSU at the Games and its their communications/journalism department

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Photo: Paul Gilham, Getty Images
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Many Americans Say Russia Was Poor Choice for Winter Olympics

What's your take on the Winter Olympics?  How do you feel about it being in Sochi, Russia?  In a new poll, almost half of Americans surveyed say the decision to hold the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia was a poor one.

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Harry How/Getty Images
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From Mundane to Meteoric: Olympic Medals Through the Years

By Ryan Howe | BSU at the Games

Placing in the Olympic Games is big. Really big.

The winners walk away with their heads held high and a medal draped around their necks.

Unfortunately, many of the medal designs aren’t something to put in a glass case for everyone to see, much less wear around.

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If you talk to ten people, you'll probably have ten different ideas about which Super Bowl commercial were the best.  However, there seems to be a consensus that the Budweiser commercial in which a puppy and a horse develop a special relationship was the top one.

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Rockford Ice Festival is This Weekend, Feb. 7 – 8

The fifth annual Rockford Ice Festival is this weekend, Feb. 7-8.

The theme for this year’s event is “Putting on the Glitz."

The event kicks off Friday evening, with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. that include a scavenger hunt throughout the weekend. The grand prize for the hunt (a.k.a. The Glitz) will be a prize valued at more than $1,000!

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‘Sister Act’ Opens Tuesday Night at DeVos Performance Hall [Video]

"Sister Act" is Broadway's feel-amazing musical comedy smash!   It's opening Tuesday night (Feb. 4) at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids.

"Sister Act" is packed full of original music by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and "Little Shop of Horrors").  

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Amy Adams and host Jimmy Fallon (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Is Jimmy Fallon Scared of Taking Over ‘The Tonight Show?’ [Video]

It's but a couple of weeks away, and "The Tonight Show" will have a new host, Jimmy Fallon, replacing Jay Leno.

That is a daunting task, following in the footsteps of Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson and Leno. 

The stress must be huge.

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