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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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Digital Scavenger Hunt for Parents and Kids at Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is  introducing an entirely new way for parents and kids to enhance their experience at the Museum, using state-of-the-art mobile technology.

It's a digital, app-based scavenger hunt replacing the traditional paper style hunt through the Museum’s “Collecting A to Z” exhibit. The idea was developed through a partnership with GeLo, a West Michigan based technology startup.

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The Debate is on – Should Michigan Raise the Minimum Wage

Since the United States instituted the first federal minimum wage in 1938, there has been no shortage of debate on the topic. Whether we should raise, lower, maintain, or abolish the minimum wage has warranted serious discussion and heated debate.

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Lily Tomlin’s LaughFest/Broadway Grand Rapids Show Tickets on Sale for General Public Friday

Lily Tomlin, a Michigan native, is one of the nation's foremost comediennes, with an extraordinarily broad entertainment career spanning television, movies, theater, animation and stand-up comedy.

She never before appeared in Grand Rapids, but will in Broadway Grand Rapids' LaughFest performance on March 10.

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Andy Rent’s GoDaddy Bowl Wrap-up: Arkansas State 23, Ball State 20 [Video]

 

I couldn't watch the game. No, not that I was nervous or anything; OK, a little.

But 4 a.m. comes mighty early to do a morning show. So, after watching the first 10 or so minutes, off I trotted to my pillow.

I woke up this morning full of hope.

Would my mighty Ball State Cardinals finally pull off a bowl win?  Alas, not.

It was a crazy and heartbreaking evening for my alma mater's football team.

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Andy Rent’s GoDaddy Bowl Primer: Ball State vs. Arkansas State [Video]

 

No doubt there have been some exciting College Bowl games this holiday season.  Come on: Michigan State winning the Rose Bowl?? Outstanding!! The BCS National Championship game is Monday between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn also in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. 

However, probably the biggest game, I argue, is this Sunday night. My alma mater of Ball State tangles with Arkansas State in Mobile, Ala., in the GoDaddy Bowl. What do I think? Go Cards: Chirp! Chirp!

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