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Andy Rent

Starting out as a weatherman/TV-Radio host for TV8 in the 70's, I also played "Captain Woody" on the TV8 afternoon kids show, might be the most recognized personality in the West Michigan area having been on radio and TV for the better part of three decades. I'm originally a "Hoosier" from Muncie, Indiana and always wanted to be in “show biz”. After graduating from Ball State University, I stayed in Indiana, working in radio and TV in Richmond, Muncie and Indianapolis. I moved to Grand Rapids to work at WOOD-TV where I met my wife Kathy. I'm deeply involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan community. I've served on the board of directors of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Metropolitan YMCA, and Easter Seals-Michigan. I also assist 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. My wife Kathy and I have 7 children and 13 grandchildren.We 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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Courtesy WZZM/LSJ
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Eleven Former Caregivers at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Charged with Falsifying Medical Records

The troubles at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans seem to keep growing. Yesterday, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced he is charging eleven former caregivers at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans with falsifying medical records.

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Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Coming To Van Andel Arena

Christmas comes early for Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith fans. They're coming to Grand Rapids and the Van Andel Arena Sunday, December 10, and tickets will be on sale tomorrow, July 25 at 10 a.m.

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Remembering the Hip Fashion Trends of the 70’s

Ahhh, the 70's. The times of bell bottoms, hippie chic, attitude.

Bright colors, bright patterns, and, it wasn't always pretty. Remember? It was all about freedom and color with bright patterns all over everything. Not all of it was pretty, but we didn't care, because we were "in!"

We were the children.....okay.....young adults, of the fun 70's. But now, the children and young adults of those times are in their 40's, 50's and 60's, so I thought it would be fun to relive our "good old days," and look back at our fashion statements.

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Government Assistance Programs Aid Underprivileged Communities In New York State
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Kids’ Food Basket Partners With Michigan to Make Sure No Child Goes Hungry This Summer

Hunger is a big problem for many children, too many. Not enough food can mean concentration problems, anger and health issues, doing poorly in school. During any school year there are State and National programs that provide breakfast and lunch for those children that otherwise might do without. And, at the end of the day, Kids' Food Basket provides a sack supper for the student to take home so that they will have a healthy meal that evening.

But, wait, it's summer. School is out, so what happens to these vulnerable kids?

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Cathe DeLaney‎/facebook
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Do You Remember the Kentwood Station Restaurant?

Just thinking back to some more good, local, restaurants that have closed, and the Kentwood Station popped into my head. It was like stepping back in time when you walked into the old train station like restaurant, with sound effects and all, as I remember.

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michigander man via YouTube
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Remember Witmark?

Remember the good old days of catalog showrooms? What, you say, is a catalog showroom? Simply, it was a retail location that also had a big printed catalog, sort of like Sears, that people ordered out of, too. And, probably the big one in town was Witmark.

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Griffins Win Another “Big Time” Award [Video]

Congratulations to the Grand Rapids Griffins! Yes, we know they won the Calder Cup this year, way to go, but they also won another special award.

Their’ “LEGO – I Wanna Drive the Zamboni” video won a Golden Matrix Award for Best Music Video at the 2017 Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) conference, held this week in Philadelphia, competing against the NHL and NBA!

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You Tube/MrIncredibleFox
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Fun Memories of the One-Hit Wonders From the 70’s [Videos]

Want to step back into the "way back" machine again, and go back to the 70's? Let's do it. I came across a great website the other day, I Love Classic Rock. And, this post went back to the classic one-hit wonders of the 70's. Wow, I had forgotten. So many hits by artists that were a huge part of our lives 40ish years ago, but they basically had only one hit. Let me take you back there.

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