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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 CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), 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 grandchildren. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 13 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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Worst Baby Names for 2016

Well, it's that time of year again: time to announce the most popular baby names of the year.

Wait a minute, not so fast. This is a list we hear every year. It's nice, but boring. What about the rejects, the worst baby names that have been cast down on newborns as a possible lifelong curse? I'm here to help, because I have discovered those names.

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Stuff The Bus Campaign Successful in Helping GRPS Students

It was a banner year for Heart of West Michigan United Way's campaign to Stuff the Bus!

The Stuff the Bus project is a way to help students in need have the school supplies they might not be able to buy, and this year was super successful.

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"Ava"/green dog photography
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Ava is our Pet of the Week on Wet Nose Wednesday

Ava the dog is our special pet of the week.

Andy Rent talked about him on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Donate shoes, Help At-Risk Children, and save on tickets to CINDERELLA

Broadway Grand Rapids is teaming up with In the Image to help at-risk children in Grand Rapids to get a new pair of shoes for school.

Here is how you can help, and get a thank-you discount to CINDERELLA. Drop off a pair of used shoes at Broadway Grand Rapids and get a discount to the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.

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The Olympics may be More Stressful on the Parents Than the Athlete’s [Video]

Have you been following the Olympics? Very exciting, aren't they. The athletes are amazing. You have to know that even with all of their preparation and training, nerves are bound to set in just before competition. I can't imagine the stress and strain.

But what about those watching? The parents?

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Kent County Youth Fair Open Today

The Kent County Youth Fair kicks off today, Monday, August 8, running through Saturday the 13th with fun for the whole family.

There will be animals, rides, great entertainment, fair food, everything for everybody, at the fairgrounds in Lowell.

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