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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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Ahoy, Mate, Pirates are Landing at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Pirates are coming! The Pirates are coming!  Really! On Saturday, October 18, the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) will welcome Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. It's an exhibition of the story of Whydah, the first authenticated pirate shipwreck in U.S. waters off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Patrick Beaudry via Getty Images
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Must See TV with ‘Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live!’ [Video]

"Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek Live!" is an evening of classic jazz standards in both duets and solo, – will air on "Thirteen's Great Performances" on Friday, Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS.

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St. Cecilia Music Center
St. Cecilia Music Center
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ArtPrize 2014: St. Cecilia Music Center Announces Five Music Prize Winners

ArtPrize 2014 is now in our rear view mirror. Another successful year with the world's largest art competition. Congratulations to the winners, announced Friday evening, in all the visual arts.  However, there also was a music component of ArtPrize, sponsored in part by St. Celilia Music Center, and I offer a large CONGRATULATIONS to those music winners.

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