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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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Lillie the Bunny is Looking for a Good Home [Sponsored]

Lillie the bunny is a 3-year old American Rex rabbit. Lillie came visiting and Andy Rent talked about her on his "Andy in the Morning" show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Getty Images News
Christopher Furlong Getty Images News
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GVSU Exhibit Explores Persecution of Homosexuals During Nazi Regime

The human atrocities of WWII are well documented in history. The persecution of the Jewish population was the primary focus of the Nazi regime. The haunting pictures and tales from the holocaust will stay with us forever. But there were other groups persecuted as well. Roma (Gypsies), Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses and those disabled during World War II were also targeted. And yet, there is another story.

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Holland America's ms Oosterdam
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Join Andy Rent on Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour

It's time to think about another vacation. After all, it's a new year, and plans have to be made. I don't know about you, but I'm already tired and need a break. So, how about Alaska?

Last year we took a wonderful 13-day trip to Hawaii, with YMT Vacations, and this year we're taking you on a 12-day cruise and tour of Alaska!

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Alfred Mele (3ammagazine.com)
Alfred Mele (3ammagazine.com)
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Free Will, Does it Really Exist? Find out Tonight at GVSU

Does free will exist? The question has fueled debate among philosophers, psychologists, and theologians. A popular argument among neuroscientists and social psychologists is that free will is illusory—that our words and actions arise not from rational choice, but from unconscious predispositions and social conditioning.

But according to philosopher Alfred Mele, the case against free will actually leaves much room for doubt. In Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will, Mele examines the major experiments that free will deniers cite, and explains how they don’t provide the solid evidence for which they have been touted.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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Pizza Delivery Man Gets Surprise of his Life [Video]

Here is your HAPPY NEWS for today.

A pizza delivery man in Ann Arbor, Robert Dunn, knew, he was delivering one pizza to a hotel in Ann Arbor. But when he got there, he discovered that he was delivering the pie to a conference room filled with 200 real estate agents who had decided to do something nice for someone in the service industry. So before Dunn arrived with the pizza, they all tossed in some cash and and gifts, and, well, watch the video.

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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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Police Officer lip-syncs Tayor Swift While on Patrol [Video]

This video has been all over the internet, TV, and gone around the world. But, I thought for those of you who haven't seen it, now is your chance.

The Dover (Delaware) Police Department released this dash-cam footage of one of their Kevin James-looking officers lip-synching Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" while cruising around town, and it is priceless.  Enjoy!

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Meet Christina, a Die-hard Chicago Blackhawks Hockey fan as she Goes to her First Blackhawks Game [Video]

There is a lot of heart in hockey. No, really, a lot of heart in the players who may be playing a very rough sport, but care deeply for their fans.

I'd like you to meet Christina, a diehard fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. Christina, who is blind, has never stopped rooting for her favorite team even though she has never seen them. What, not the Red Wings? Okay, maybe not, since she lives in Chicago. But,Christina had never even been to a game. However, things were about to change, with the help of the Blackhawks.

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The Rhodes Bros/YouTube
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Twin Brothers Film Emotional Moment As They ‘Come Out’ to Their Father [Video]

This is one of the most emotionally-charged videos I have ever seen, and you need to be prepared.

Twins Austin and Aaron Rhodes are getting a lot of attention after posting this video on YouTube.

With tears streaming down their cheeks, they do something they have wanted to do for a long time, but, up to now, were unable. They have to call their father and have a talk. It is very powerful.

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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; Watch His ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech [Video]

Today is the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day,  reminding all of us about the quest for civil rights and equality.

The day was Aug. 28, 1963, and the Rev. King was speaking at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, D.C.. About a quarter of a million people turned out to hear one of the most important and moving speeches in American history.

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‘Price is Right’ Announcer Takes a Way Too Funny Tumble [Video]

There have been some "priceless" moments on The Price is Right TV game show over the years, and this one has to be one of the top ones.

Price Is Right announcer George Gray was looking pretty cool for a few seconds as he ran backwards on a treadmill until...

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Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids
Courtesy Experience Grand Rapids
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West Michigan Has Good Jobs and Economic News for 2015

Yesterday, I posted some good economic news regarding consumer spending over the holidays, so I thought I would continue the "rosy" news, especially for here in West Michigan.

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