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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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Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K March 19

Preparations for the 2016 Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K, to be held on Saturday, March 19, are quickly ramping up as race day approaches.

Many racers have already signed up and with the good weather we're having, this week should see a significant jump in registrations.

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Health Care is Tops in Grand Rapids

We are really blessed with top quality health care in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. Spectrum Health-Blodgett and Butterworth, Mercy Health-St. Mary's, and Metro Health, along with the specialty services of the heart and cancer centers, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Hauenstein Neuroscience Center, and more, offer world class care that patients from around the world seek and use.

In Grand Rapids, our pride regarding local health care,  sometimes thought of as "our little secret," have now been recognized nationally.

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Grand Rapids Triathlon Director Appointed to National Board

Andy Vidro has made his mark in the triathlon community at both a local and national level. Co-Director of the Grand Rapids Triathlon and Michigan Titanium Triathlon, he is getting Grand Rapids noticed. The GR Tri, has been chosen three times now to host a National Championship Event by USA Triathlon, bringing over $2MM in economic impact to the community.

Now, Andy has been given the honor of being appointed to the USA Triathlon National Board of Race Directors. This select group of race directors contribute to the success of triathlon and help to build the momentum of the sport. Andy is one of only three level 2 race directions in Michigan with his co-directors, Ann Vidro and Doug Tuttle being the other two.

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Bandit Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Bandit the dog came calling today.

Bandit visited with Andy Rent as he talked about him on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Courtesy GRandJazzFest
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Great Jazz Coming Back in August With GRandJazzFest

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, this Aug. 20 and 21, for the fifth annual festival. The popular family-friendly festival, which attracted more than 10,000 people last year, is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival. The two-day festival will again be free because of Presenting Sponsor DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids and other sponsoring organizations and individuals.

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Courtesy Coopersville & Marne Railway
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The Bunny Train in Coopersville is Ready to Roll

It's that time of year again with Spring and Easter just around the corner. It's time to hop aboard the Bunny Train!

This is always a family favorite when the Coopersville & Marne Railway presents their annual Bunny Train. This year, the 13th, the train will run on Saturdays, March 12, 19 and 26 and on Sundays March 13 and 20. Saturday train departures are at 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. On Sundays, the trains leave at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. The friendly Conductor will call “All Aboard” at 20 minutes before each departure.

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Donald Trump as Seen Through the Eyes of Kids [Video]

The Michigan Primary is tomorrow, and Michigan voters will be going to the polls to vote their feelings as to who should be the Presidential candidate for the Republicans and Democrats come November.

The Republican contest is certainly the most heated and wild affair we have seen for a very long time, and opinions are far ranging. But, have you thought about what your kids think. After all, they will be voters soon enough. So, how do they look at us adults, and the candidates we're voting for?

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What do you Think Your Kids say About you? [Video]

Ever wonder what your kids think and say about you when you aren’t around?

Field Day, a place to meet and see YouTube's most inspired filmmakers, dynamic entertainers, and exciting personalities, teamed up with makeup transformer Promise Phan to change three real parents into completely different people. Then, they asked the kids about their parents and little did they know, they were in the room with them the whole time. Watch.

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Ted Cruz/ photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images
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More Hilaroius “Bad Lip Reading” This time With Senator Ted Cruz [Video]

These bad lip reading videos are hilarious, and well produced. No one, or subject, has been left un-skewered, especially politicians. This political year has provided the producers with glorious material. Today, it's Republican Presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz.

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David Hasselhoff Joining the new Baywatch Movie

Baywatch, the most successful TV show of all time, is coming to the "big screen" next year. Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Zac Efron, and of course beautiful lady lifeguards, Baywatch the movie just announced that Mr. Original Baywatch, David Hasselhoff is joining the cast.

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