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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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Some Fun Comedy to Brighten Your Saturday [Video]

We haven't seen Dana Carvey for awhile. He was such a staple on Saturday Night Live for so many years, the Church Lady, and all of his impressions. So, let's visit with him, and his famous impressions, again!

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CPS Confirms Hoverboards Are Illegal To Ride On The Pavement And The Road
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Huge Hoverboards Recall. Do you Have one?

Hoverboards more than two months old can be hazardous to your health. That's what the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission believes and why it's recalling more than 500,000 hoverboards sold by 10 companies.

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World’s Largest Dog Wash is This Weekend

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids will host the 14th annual World’s Largest Dog Wash at Fifth Third Ballpark this Sunday, July 10. The event, held during the Whitecaps “Dog Days” game, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature dog washes, grooming and doggy bag giveaways. In addition to the dog wash, the event will include a pet contest with prizes for best dog trick, longest dog ears and dog/owner look-alike.

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John Cena and his Message to all Americans [Video]

You know John Cena, pro wrestler with the WWE. Actually, he's a pro wrestler, actor, rapper and TV show host.

Cena just released a public service announcement over the holiday weekend schooling America on what the true meaning of "patriotism" is. He says it's about love for our country and all of the people in it. He says in the video, "Remember that to love America is to love all Americans, because love has no labels."

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“First Date” is Next Production at Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre, continues their Main Stage season with a musical comedy, First Date, opening on Thursday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College. First Date is sponsored by Bell's Brewery, Inc. and St. Julian Winery. It's a fast-paced dating journey, both relatable and hilarious.

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Mr. Cotton Ball the Cat Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Mr. Cotton Ball, the cat, came calling today.

Cotton Ball visited with Andy Rent as he talked about her on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Maker Faire Coming Back to Grand Rapids in August

Maker Faire is back in Grand Rapids on August 20 & 21 for its 3rd year, once again held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and nearby Grand Valley State University’s Hall of Engineering. Combining a traditional science fair with innovation and engineering, community makers will showcase what they have made and share what they have learned.

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Best Outdoor Grilling Dinner I’ve Had and it’s so Easy [Video]

How was your 4th of July? Fun? Full of food, family, fireworks, and, more food?

Yep, ours too. Family, food, maybe a little wine or something, and lots of laughs. Earlier last week, we were discussing what to cook, when daughter Molly suggested something she saw on the website Delish.com. We decided to go for it, and WOW, it was out of this world, and, so easy. It's a shrimp boil of sorts, on the grill.

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Citi Military Appreciation Day Honors U.S. Veterans & Service Members
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She “Wow’s” the Crowd at the Lincoln Memorial [Video]

By now, you have surly heard or seen the story from ABC News, of the woman who recently visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and was coaxed into singing the Star Spangled Banner. In case you missed it, I thought it only appropriate to re-visit that moment on this 4th of July.

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Pharrell, Elmo and Cookie Monster say “Read a Book” [Video]

Here's something cute, and maybe inspirational for you and the kids and grandkids.

It's Pharrell Williams, who took a recent trip down to Sesame Street to teach Elmo and Cookie Monster that with a book, they can go anywhere and see anything.

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