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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.
Dennis Van Kampen, CEO Mel Trotter Ministries
Dennis Van Kampen, CEO Mel Trotter Ministries
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Mel Trotter Ministries Does It! They’re Getting Their New Truck

I'm so happy to report that Mel Trotter Ministries will be getting a new truck!

Dennis Van Kampen, CEO of Mel Trotter, who was on "Andy in the Morning" discussing the urgent need for a new refrigerated truck, announced they exceeded their $34,000 goal and can now get the new truck they so desperately needed.

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Inner-City Youth Baseball Get Renovated Field, Now Needs Equipment

Inner-City Youth Baseball took a big step forward yesterday with the ribbon cutting and celebration of the newly renovated Ted Rasberry Field, 1010 Sheldon Avenue, SE, here in Grand Rapids.

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Baseball, Fireworks, Monkeys, a Dinosaur and a Salute to Veterans This Weekend at Fifth Third Ballpark

How about some baseball for a fun Memorial Day Weekend?

There will be a lot of fun at Fifth Third Ballpark. The West Michigan Whitecaps have announced they're adding Fireworks to Friday night’s game vs. the Dayton Dragons. There are now great Family Fare Fireworks shows on back-to-back nights to kick off the holiday weekend.

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47th Annual Festival of the Arts is Next Weekend

It's hard to believe, but Festival is just days away...next weekend!

2016 will be the 47th Festival of the Arts, making it one of the longest-running festivals in the state.

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This Memorial Day Don’t Forget the Military Animals who Served so Bravely

Military service animals have a longstanding history of taking care of our service men and women overseas without complaining even a titter. Maybe that’s because they don’t speak English, or maybe it’s because they’re the best darn soldiers the military has ever seen. Either way, they’re not only adorable little tramps, they’re also brave animals who risked life and limb to take care of the people that they loved.

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Old National Bank Awards $20,000 To Local Charities As Part of The Recent “Choose Your Charity” Promotion

Congratulations to the four local charities who each received $5,000 from Old National Bank in the  "Choose Your Charity" giveaway. 100.5 The River, and all of our Townsquare Media Grand Rapids radio stations were so proud to team up with Old National to help them support some very deserving local charities.

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City High Middle School Ranked #3 in the State by U.S. News & World Report

More honors are coming Grand Rapids Public Schools way, this time from U.S. News and World Report.

In February, I reported that Grand Rapids Public Schools City High Middle School has been ranked the #1 high school in the state on Bridge Magazine’s list of “2015 High School Academic State Champs”.

Now, City High Middle school has been ranked the #3 high school in the state of Michigan by U.S. News and World Report. It is the #1 high school in West Michigan and #47 in the nation, according to the report.

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"Perfect Wedding"/Circle Theatre
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Comedic-Farce “Perfect Wedding” Coming to Circle Theatre

Circle Theatre's intimate setting is the perfect place for their upcoming production of Robin Hawdon’s Perfect Wedding. Starting on Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Aquinas College, the show will run June 3 & 4, 8-11, 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. and June 12 at 5 p.m. 

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To All Vegetarians and Vegans…How About a Good Steak [Video]

Are you a vegetarian, or vegan? Are you a little annoying to meat eaters?

We all know both, and I'll have to say my vegetarian and vegan friends are pretty much tolerant of us meat eaters. But, there's always a few who never let you forget it when your chowing down on a good steak, or some salmon or chicken. They ARE annoying!

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