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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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Seat Belt Advertising Campaign Aimed at Tweens [Video]

Do you make sure your kids are buckled up when riding in the car? Sure you do when they're little and using car seats, but what about as they get older?  Is it just too much trouble sometimes?

Buckling up is such an important habit to instill in children at a young age. Parents need to lead by example and reinforce the message to make sure it sticks. And, there is a new advertising campaign beginning that urges parents to never give up until their kids buckle up.

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Tips to Avoid IRS Scams This Tax Season

It's not hard to believe that tax season is a scary time.

We're all stressed out over tax filing. What is hard to believe is the new component of tax time, identity theft and scams. We're hearing more and more stories about peoples refunds already taken by a scammer.

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Broadway Grand Rapids Announces Spectacular New Season [Video]

WOW! That's all I can say, wow! What a spectacular 2015-16 season Broadway Grand Rapids just announced.

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Does President Obama Read Mean Tweets About Himself? He Sure Does [Video]

Does President Barack Obama read any of the tweets about him?

Last Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel had a very special guest, President Barack Obama.

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Circle Theatre Kicks Off with ‘Keep the Change: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin’

Circle Theatre produces an annual theatre and concert series that features many of the area’s best vocalists and musicians. Live performances in an intimate setting gives all audience members an up-close and personal experience unique only to Circle Theatre.

Kicking off the season on April 3 is the concert Keep the Change: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin.

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Conductor Bob Bernhardt Leads Grand Rapids Pops for ‘Best of Broadway’ This Weekend [Video]

New Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt will join the Grand Rapids Pops in his first performance in his new role on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grand Rapids.

Bernhardt will be joined by Michigan native Doug LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman for Best of Broadway, a Fox Motors Pops series concert featuring the Broadway stars from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.

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Elaborate Marriage Proposal Is Year in the Making [Video]

Elaborate marriage proposals, whether it's done in front of 30,000 fans at a sporting event or with a choreographed flash mob performance, take a lot of careful planning.

But Dean Smith pulled of an amazing proposal that took exactly one whole year to pull off.

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