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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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Watch Out! The Trailer Park Boys are Coming to Grand Rapids

Some things are for sure. So, expect what’s supposed to be an intimate evening with the Trailer Park Boys to quickly go off the rails. Thursday, August 24 will never be the same again.

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Are you at Risk for a Heart Attack? Long Work Hours May Do It.

How many hours are you working in your average week? 40? 50? 60?

Too many of us either are married to our job and working extra long hours, or taking overtime, or, have a second job. The extra hours, overtime, second job, may be for economic reasons just to make ends-meet, but, those long hours just may kill you.

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FREE Meijer Gardens Tuesday Night Concerts Announced

The tickets may be selling fast, and out for many of the Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series this year, but wait, there's more. How about some FREE concerts this summer?

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The Shelter is Empty, Dog Gone It, on Wet Nose Wednesday

The Humane Society's Empty the Shelter Saturday was so successful, that, aside from a few puppies, the shelter is empty!

Andy Rent talked about this on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Had Enough Rain Yet? It’s Happened Before.

This rain just doesn't seem to want to stop around here, and many areas are having flooding issues. But, that's nothing compared to what has happened before. Remember 2013? Okay, how about 1904?

Way, waaaaay back, in 1904, we had waaaay to much rain and neighborhood streets were flooded in, what is now downtown.

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Golfers Get Ready for an Exciting Golf Outing This Summer

It's hard to believe, but the 5th Annual Andy Rent Golf Classic, benefiting CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is getting close to teeing off, and you need don't want to miss it this year.

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More Award Winning Spirits Coming from Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids-based craft distillery, Long Road Distillers, the local award-winning distiller in Grand Rapids, has been awarded new honors, including being named USA Aquavit Distillery of the Year at the Berlin International Spirits Competition. Congratulations!

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Jazz at GRandJazzFest This Summer Will be Fantastic and Free

It's one of the most anticipated festivals in Grand Rapids. GRandJazzFest, August 19 and 20 is back for it's sixth year at Rosa Parks Circle, in downtown Grand Rapids.

Presented by DTE Energy Foundation, the FREE weekend of top jazz has a great performance lineup of eleven acts featuring Saxophonist Richard Elliot as headliner.

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Grand Rapids Named One of Best Places in the U.S.A. to Have a Cocktail

Grand Rapids continues to draw attention from around the country for our quality of life, affordability, economy, education, beer, etc. We've heard we are the best place to raise a family, start a business, retire, and so much more. How about best place to have a cocktail?

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