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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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"Lavender"/Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Lavender the Cat Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Lavender, the cat, came calling today.

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

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Townsquare Media Grand Rapids
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Grand Rapids Ranked #3 in Nation for Businesses to Prosper

Grand Rapids surly is The Right Place! We are The Right Place, for the second consecutive year, because Area Development Magazine has ranked the Grand Rapids-Wyoming MSA as the third best area in the country for businesses to prosper. The sixth annual “Leading Locations” study was published on Area Development’s website this week.

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Do You Take Naps? The Shorter the Nap the Better…for Your Health

This is awful news for nap lovers ... New research shows that napping is bad for us. Well, sort of.

All of us in Morning Radio feel sleep deprived, and probably try to take a nap, I know I do, just revive ourselves. Ahhh, that wonderful snooze, that, as it turns out, if too long, is bad for our health.

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Courtesy West Michigan Tourist Association
Courtesy West Michigan Tourist Association
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Tree Top Zipline Adventure Park is Open in Grand Rapids

Have you ever gone to the movies and the one you wanted to see was sold out? Right? So, then what do you do? You sand there looking at the board behind the ticket seller, gaping at what you might be able to see, but at a much later start time. Super bummer! So, let me ask again, what do you do? Have you thought about ziplining?

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Thinkstock/Pietro Naj-Oleari
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Love Michigan and Save a Life With a Blood Donation

A Michigan summer is a beautiful thing. So is saving a life.

That is why Michigan Blood is inviting all of us to celebrate both during Michigan Blood’s ‘Love Michigan’ blood drives throughout the state over the Fourth of July weekend, June 30 – July  4.

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New York Red Bulls 2nd Annual Iron Chef Competition
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Iron Chef Competition at the Downtown Market Tonight

Tonight is the night...four top local chefs will compete in the first annual "Market Masters: A Market Chef Showdown," an Iron Chef type competition, at the Downtown Market, and it will be loads of fun.

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Courtesy Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Courtesy Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
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Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Ranked Among Best in Nation

We are so blessed with excellent health care here in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. We have top hospitals, doctors, research centers, medical school, and so much more, like one of the top Children's Hospitals in the country, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

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Courtesy Olivia's Gift
Courtesy Olivia's Gift
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Tonight is a Summer Beach Bash at The Score for Olivia’s Gift

 

Olivia’s Gift is a first-of-its-kind model for nonprofit residential living that honors the dignity of adults with severe disabilities & offers opportunities to belong in their community. AND THEY ARE GROWING! THEY have purchased a home at 2009 Forest Hill Avenue that will open this summer. So THEY need your help…

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