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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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Amazing Video of a Walk Across the U.S.A.

This is an amazing guy who made this amazing video. Okay, you're thinking, why so amazing? Because he did something very few people have done, or probably will do. He walked more than 3,000 miles across the country, from Las Angeles to Boston and took 148 days to do it.

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Tomorrow Night is National Night Out so Let’s Help Take a Bite out of Crime

Every year, on a Tuesday morning in the first week in August, I move the radio show, Andy in the Morning, to Consumers Energy on Clay Avenue, SW. I broadcast for a few hours, along with Eva Aguirre Cooper from WOOD-TV, to promote National Night Out.

Well, guess what? Tomorrow is the day!

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Teacher Surprised With $10,000 As A Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winner
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Let’s all Help GRPS Elementary Students Start the School Year Right and Stuff the Bus

Every fall, Heart of West Michigan United Way collects elementary school supplies for children in the Schools of Hope Reading Program of Grand Rapids Public Schools, to make sure the students are starting the school year ready to learn. In 2015, 11,596 items with a total value of $15,765 were collected!

So, are you ready to do it again? Let's do it!

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Big Bird and Friends do Summertime [Video]

It's time for some Summertime fun with Big Bird and his Sesame Street friends.

This is a really fun video as we take you back to 1991. Remember 1991? Anyway, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince had a big hit with "Summertime."

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Jason Bourne is Back [Video]

I don't know about you, but I'm really excited about the new Jason Bourne movie with Matt Damon. It's one of my favorite movie franchises, and it's good to have Damon back. In this fifth installment, he is remembering who he truly is, and tries to uncover hidden truths about his past. It looks so good, that, if you haven't seen it yet, I thought I'd share the movie trailer with you.

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Sweet Baby Hears his Mother’s Voice for the First Time [Video]

Get the Kleenex because you're going to need them when you watch this sweet video.

It's the moment an Australian baby named Jordan Blair hears his mother's voice for the first time. Jordan was born with hearing loss and with the help of an audiologist, was fitted with hearing aids and was finally able to hear for the first time.

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Here’s Your Chance to Help Young Children Read

I normally don't put up a job post, but I'll make an exception in this case. You see, it's about kids, young kids, 2nd grade, and reading. Too many children fail to get the encouragement and lessons needed to be successful at reading.

Thanks to a partnership with Amway Corporation, Grand Rapids Public Schools is working with Innovations for Learning to implement TutorMate in the district to improve literacy of students in 2nd grade. TutorMate is the nation’s preeminent online volunteer tutoring program, helping tens of thousands of students in low income communities learn to read.

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The Real Ted Cruz Republican Convention Speech…Well, Sort of [Video]

We're all having fun with the Republican, and now the Democratic Conventions. Some would say, it's exciting theatre. The Republicans were trying to pull themselves together, and this week the Democrats are trying to do the same thing.

One of the surprise features at last weeks Republican National Convention, was the Ted Cruz speech. Many were expecting an endorsement of Donald Trump, but, nooooo, there was no endorsement.

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A World Without Language Barriers is Closer Than you Think [Video]

 

Imagine being able to understand someone speaking in a foreign language without actually having to learn that language. Amazing, right? And, imagine that it all happens when you simply wear a little ear piece. Now, imagine that this is all true!

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