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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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Music and Brews for a Good Cause This Sunday at Founders Brewing

One out of every five children in the Grand Rapids area don’t always know where their next meal will come from and more than 50,000 Kent County residents rely on a food pantry at some point.

Those sorts of sad and stunning stats drove a decision to help, and to launch the first of what would turn out to be 23 yearly concerts at the old Intersection in Eastown. It was called Feedback, and it still is today. The idea was to raise money for Access of Kent County, and draw attention to the organization’s work while also shining a spotlight on some talented West Michigan bands. This Sunday, April 9 at Founders Brewing is the day.

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Country Music Star Margo Price Sings at St. Cecilia This Thursday

Country music comes to St. Cecilia Music Center this Thursday night with rising star Nashville singer Margo Price. Margo Price has been taking the country music scene by storm with her debut album “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” As a matter of fact, in March  Price became the winner of the 2017 American Music Prize ($25,000) that recognizes the year's best debut album. She is also winner of the 2016 Best County Album by Nashville Scene and was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the American Music Association.

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Wanted: Certified Nursing Assistants in West Michigan

They are much in demand, but difficult to find. They are Certified Nursing Assistants, and there is a huge need, nation wide. So, to the rescue, Grand Rapids Community College and Holland Home.

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A Special Easter Dinner for Those in Need

There are many in our community that won't have an Easter Dinner this year. Whether through illness or hardship, Easter, a traditional time of the year for families to gather, will be missed. However, there is an organization that wants to make sure no one is alone. 

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New Holland Brewing And Pabst Brewing Are Official Partners

This past Wednesday, March 29, was a big day in Holland and for the New Holland Brewing Company. Brett VanderKamp, president and co-founder of New Holland, along with Simon Thorpe, CEO of Pabst Brewing Company, made it official that as of Saturday,  April 1, New Holland begins it's partnership with Pabst Brewing, and all beers produced for the U.S. sale by New Holland Brewing Company will flow through the Pabst distribution and ordering systems.

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Andy’s Interview With David McIntyre, West Michigan Native & Winner of Season 2 of the History Channel’s ‘Alone’

100.5 The River's Andy Rent got a chance to sit down with David McIntyre today to talk about his experience as a wilderness survivor and being on the History Channel's hit show 'Alone'.

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More Quality Jobs Coming to West Michigan

More good news for Grand Rapids and West Michigan. At least 26 high-tech manufacturing jobs will be coming to the Grand Rapids area this year. Italian-based Siliconature Corporation will establish the company’s first North American manufacturing facility at 4495 68th Street SE,  in Kentwood.

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A Great Idea for Spring Break in West Michigan

Spring break for most public school kids is next week. Many will take off for a quick vacation, but many others won't. If you and your kids will be home-bound next week, you may be stumped on what to do. Can't have bored kids hanging around the house all week, so, how about this?

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GRand Jazz Fest Coming Back This Summer

presented by DTE Energy Foundation, is back for it's 6th year, returning to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids this August 19th and 20th. The Jazz Fest is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival.

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Reed’s Lake “Back in the Day,” in 1946 [Video]

Reed's Lake is just one of the many gems in the Grand Rapids area that makes living here so special. "Back in the day," it was really something special. People from all over would flock to the lake.

Located in East Grand Rapids, we know Reed's Lake today as the home of Roses Restaurant, part of the Gilmore Collection, municipal buildings, a bustling East Grand Rapids downtown, the East Grand Rapids Middle School, the  Grand Rapids Yacht Club, several marinas, and many houses. But, a few...okay, many, years ago, things were very different.

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