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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.
2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials - Day 7
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Carpool Karaoke With the 2016 USA Olympic Swim Team [Video]

Carpool Karaoke is usually reserved for TV's Late Late Show host, James Cordon, but the United States Olympic Swim Team has stepped up the game. They pretty much cover it all with their own version of Carpool Karaoke.

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Fun Trivia with Friday Five the Hard Way

Friday 5 the Hard Way is back, at least for this week.

In case you missed the questions and answers and feel a need to play along, here are the five tough trivia questions that a listener had to answer correctly to win prizes.

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Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill Of The Ride Tour 2014 Goes Green As Thomas The Tank Engine's Best Friend Percy Makes North American Debut
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Is This the End for Thomas the Train?

Say it isn't so. The children's TV series and books that my kids, and so many kids grew up with, Thomas the Tank Engine, may have left the station for the last time.

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2016 Team USA Media Summit - Press Conferences
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Michael Phelps Will Carry the American Flag in Olympic Opening Ceremony

The 2016 Olympic Games open on Friday, and the whole world is watching. With all of the turmoil over will the athletes be safe, what about the Zika virus, are the facilities ready, etc., etc., etc., one thing for sure, they will open on time, and we will be there with all of the excitement of the opening ceremonies.

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“Over The River & Through The Woods” Opens August 11 at Circle Theatre

The heartfelt comedy, Over The River & Through The Woods, opens on Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Circle Theatre, inside the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College.

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Where is the Flower Girl? [Video]

Ahh, the beauty of a wedding. You've it planned for months, and the big day has finally arrived. The ceremony is beautiful and going just fine. Everyone is there, family, friends, and loved ones. You begin to exchange your vows during this wonderful moment, when someone notices that someone is missing. Why, it's that sweet, little flower girl. Now I wonder where she went?

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Amazing Video of a Walk Across the U.S.A.

This is an amazing guy who made this amazing video. Okay, you're thinking, why so amazing? Because he did something very few people have done, or probably will do. He walked more than 3,000 miles across the country, from Las Angeles to Boston and took 148 days to do it.

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Tomorrow Night is National Night Out so Let’s Help Take a Bite out of Crime

Every year, on a Tuesday morning in the first week in August, I move the radio show, Andy in the Morning, to Consumers Energy on Clay Avenue, SW. I broadcast for a few hours, along with Eva Aguirre Cooper from WOOD-TV, to promote National Night Out.

Well, guess what? Tomorrow is the day!

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Teacher Surprised With $10,000 As A Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winner
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Let’s all Help GRPS Elementary Students Start the School Year Right and Stuff the Bus

Every fall, Heart of West Michigan United Way collects elementary school supplies for children in the Schools of Hope Reading Program of Grand Rapids Public Schools, to make sure the students are starting the school year ready to learn. In 2015, 11,596 items with a total value of $15,765 were collected!

So, are you ready to do it again? Let's do it!

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