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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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It’s Super Bowl Sunday! And the Winner Will be…..? Ask the Porcupine [Video]

This is certainly scientific. In an effort to predict who will will the Super Bowl today, the Seahawks or the Patriots, Teddy Bear the porcupine has it down. He has correctly predicted the winner of the last three Super Bowls, so will he make it four-in-a-row? Let's see.

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The Very Brady Snickers Super Bowl Commercial is Revealed [Video]

Earlier this week I posted the teaser video of the new Snickers Super Bowl commercial with the Brady Bunch. But, it was only a teaser, as Snickers wanted fans to vote on-line to see the rest of it.

Well, you did it. The vote was overwhelmingly for "let's see it!" So, heeeeeeeerrr it is.

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Avast Matey! How Would you Like to Make a Pirate Commercial? Arrrgh.

Think you'd like to make a TV commercial?

Get your cameras ready. The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today that it’s now accepting entries for their Pirate Parody Commercial Contest. The contest is open now through February 9, 2015.

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Patience is a Virtue, Right? Not too Many of us Have it According to Fifth Third Bank

Are you a patient person, or an impatient person? What do you think? Quick, I need an answer!

Okay, seriously, let's take a little survey.

Do you routinely honk at the car in front of you once the stoplight turns green? Or perhaps you are always bypassing slow walkers on the sidewalk or pressing an already illuminated elevator button in hopes of getting to your destination faster? If so, you’re not alone.

According to a Fifth Third survey1, more than half of Americans admit to honking after the light turns green; a majority will wait 10 seconds or less before passing a slow walker on the sidewalk and 72 percent of Gen Yers admit to pushing an already lit elevator button.

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They are Best Friends Through the Good Times and the Bad [Video]

You've never seen a better pair of best friends than six-year-old buddies Zac and Vincent. The two first-graders in Union, Missouri, are inseparable, and play together nearly every day.

When Zac Gossage became ill, and was diagnosed with leukemia, Vincent vowed to not let him go through it alone. This is such an inspiring story.

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Civic Theatre’s Rapid Delivery Improv Opening at New Location

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s RAPID DELIVERY IMPROV (RDI) is excited to announce new shows at a new performance venue: The Rezervoir Lounge, 1418 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids.

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GRandJazzFest Returning to Downtown Grand Rapids in August [Video]

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Aug. 15 and 16, the fourth consecutive year for West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival.

The two-day festival will again be free thanks to presenting sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids and other sponsoring organizations and individuals.

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Bob Bernhardt/John Varineau Courtesy Grand Rapids Symphony
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Bob Bernhardt Named Principal Pops Conductor of Grand Rapids Symphony

The Grand Rapids Symphony has just announced the appointment of their Principal Pops Conductor, Mr. Bob Bernhardt!

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