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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.
David McIntyre via YouTube
David McIntyre via YouTube
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Andy’s Interview With David McIntyre, West Michigan Native & Winner of Season 2 of the History Channel’s ‘Alone’

100.5 The River's Andy Rent got a chance to sit down with David McIntyre today to talk about his experience as a wilderness survivor and being on the History Channel's hit show 'Alone'.

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More Quality Jobs Coming to West Michigan

More good news for Grand Rapids and West Michigan. At least 26 high-tech manufacturing jobs will be coming to the Grand Rapids area this year. Italian-based Siliconature Corporation will establish the company’s first North American manufacturing facility at 4495 68th Street SE,  in Kentwood.

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A Great Idea for Spring Break in West Michigan

Spring break for most public school kids is next week. Many will take off for a quick vacation, but many others won't. If you and your kids will be home-bound next week, you may be stumped on what to do. Can't have bored kids hanging around the house all week, so, how about this?

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GRand Jazz Fest Coming Back This Summer

presented by DTE Energy Foundation, is back for it's 6th year, returning to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids this August 19th and 20th. The Jazz Fest is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival.

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Reed’s Lake “Back in the Day,” in 1946 [Video]

Reed's Lake is just one of the many gems in the Grand Rapids area that makes living here so special. "Back in the day," it was really something special. People from all over would flock to the lake.

Located in East Grand Rapids, we know Reed's Lake today as the home of Roses Restaurant, part of the Gilmore Collection, municipal buildings, a bustling East Grand Rapids downtown, the East Grand Rapids Middle School, the  Grand Rapids Yacht Club, several marinas, and many houses. But, a few...okay, many, years ago, things were very different.

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Terry Johnston
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Peter Perez New President of Grand Rapids Symphony

Since January, longtime symphony advocate and friend Peter Perez has served as interim President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Symphony following Peter Kjome’s departure to become President and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony.

This week, the Board of Directors asked Mr. Perez to become the permanent President of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and he said yes!

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Jim Harryman Facebook post
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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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