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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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Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is Two Weeks Away

In three weeks, the 6th Annual Restaurant Week Grand Rapids will kick off for 12 days of delicious dining in Greater Grand Rapids. The event will take place from Wednesday, August 12 through Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 67 of Grand Rapids’ most popular restaurants.

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Amtrak Exhibit Train in Grand Rapids Tomorrow

The Amtrak Exhibit Train, showcasing the past, present and future of America’s Railroad®, will be open to the public for free tours this Saturday in Grand Rapids as part of the national Amtrak Train Days tour.  The Exhibit Train is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.at the Amtrak Station at 440 Century Avenue SW.  

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“Company” Opens at Circle Theatre August 6

 

Circle Theatre continues the 2015 season in August with COMPANY, a game-changing musical that features a sophisticated and honest look at modern, adult relationships. From musical theatre's most renowned composer, Stephen Sondheim, COMPANY is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre. With a book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this Tony Award winning musical (Including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book) runs August 6-22.

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Jimmy Fallon, Bill Hader Comic Bit is a Classic [Video]

Some of the funniest moments in comedy have been around a long time. Classic bits from the old Vaudeville days, that never get old, re-done with a modern twist, and remains funny to this day. That's what happened last week on Jimmy Fallon.

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Mel Trotter Ministries Closing Some Thrift Stores in Restructuring

Mel Trotter Ministries, a local non-profit serving the hungry, homeless and hurting of the Greater Grand Rapids area, announced a restructuring of its thrift stores and auto program to better serve the needs of the West Michigan community.

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It’s the Simple Things in Life That can Really Make a Difference

The other day, I was driving home from the radio station, a million thoughts on my mind, the next event I would be attending, work I was taking home with me, when I drove past a lemonade stand. You know, the one kids have set up in their yard on a small table, hoping people will stop and buy some. It may be their first attempt in the world of free enterprise, and they are full of hope and excitement. But, as the day wears on, their hopes dim because most people, as I did, just drive by, too busy to stop.

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Ant-Man may be the Movie to see [Video]

Ant-Man opened this week at Celebration! Cinema, and it looks really good. It's getting good reviews from the critics and public alike.

What's it about? A con man (Paul Rudd) must help his mentor (Michael Douglas) protect the secret of his Ant-Man suit and pull off a heist that will save the world.

WHO'S IN IT? Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Pena.  Take a look.

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