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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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Today is Giving Tuesday for The Salvation Army: Your Donation Will be Doubled

Today is "Giving Tuesday" celebration for the Salvation Army of Kent County. It is very significant today, as the Salvation Army of Kent County announced they have received a $30,00 matching gift.

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Food is Used to Make a Big Difference in Someones Life

Here is an exciting, heart-warming story of people making a difference, and using food to do it.

The owners of a food truck in New York City are giving new meaning to the term "soul food" – by taking in troubled souls from a juvenile prison to staff the place and master valuable job skills.

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A Time-Waisting Video That is Actually Very Fun [Video]

I ran across this so-called Ping Pong video and thought, it's going to be a waste of my time. But, nooooooooo, it's actually very fun and addicting. Take a look while two Londoners play an imaginary game of ping pong in a metro station.

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Airplane is Stuck in Snow…Passengers get out and Push! [Video]

Flying can be a real hassle. It gets us there, but sometime not without a little pain. We all complain when we fly about the extra baggage charges, having to pay for snacks on the flight, lack of good food, lack of leg room, but, have you ever had to get out and push your plane? No, seriously, push your 'stuck' airplane.

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Some Stores Stayed Closed Thanksgiving Day; What a Concept

Did you make it out shopping on Thanksgiving Day, better known at Black Thursday?

You know, it's what Black Friday used to start in the morning on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Remember those good old days?

Then some stores bumped it to midnight -- and customers lined up.

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Thanksgiving Day is Family, Friends, Food, and…..FOOTBALL!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. My sincere wishes for all, is that it will be a happy, family, day. Oh, there is one more thing.  ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!

Football on Thanksgiving. Now that is American. I can't remember when there wasn't a game or two on, and here in Michigan, it's been tradition that it's the Lions.

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