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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.
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Dieting for Your New Year Resolution? Here are Some of the Worst Diets in the History of Man

Happy New Year!

Just in time for some New Year resolutions! And, it seems that most of us will say, get in better shape, and lose some weight.

That's been an age-old resolution, that old weight loss thing. But, I'm hear to tell you, whatever you do to lose those extra pounds, don't try these.

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St. Cecilia Music Center Features the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Performing “Piano Extravaganza”

Another exciting concert for Grand Rapids.

Four internationally renowned pianists from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform in concert at St. Cecilia Music Center on Thursday, January 21st entitled “Piano Extravaganza”. Two pianos will be played by multiple pianists throughout the performance. In Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 19, two pianists will perform together on one piano. Now that's exciting.

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Anderson Cooper to Speak at Davenport Excellence in Business Gala in May

Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360˚ and host of AC 360˚, will be in Grand Rapids this coming May as featured guest speakerat the Davenport University
19th Annual Excellence in Business Award Gala.

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Fun With Star Wars and a Very Funny Bad Lip Dub [Video]

Time for some fun with Star Wars. With the opening of The Force Awakes, the hype has literally been in hyper space. You can't escape it, TV, magazines, radio, social media, everywhere. The movie may become the all-time box office champ.

But, for those who may not have seen one of the past Star Wars movies, and there probably aren't many, let's take you back to the very first movie made.

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Darth Trump is an Amazing Must See [Video]

No two topics are discussed more today that Star Wars and Donald Trump. That is all people can seemingly talk about.  So if you haven't yet seen this amazing Darth Trump mash-up, you need to. It's hysterical!

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Late Late Show’s James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is Lot’s of fun [Video]

The CBS Late Late Show with James Corden is pretty fun. Corden, the Brit, is an honest, funny guy and creates very entertaining bits. Earlier this week, he did one of his regular bits, Carpool Karaoke. This episode he teamed up with.....well.....I'll let the video tell the story.

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Fish Will be Featured at Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) announced today a brand new exhibition, Grand Fish, Grand River, will open on Saturday, January 23, 2016. This new exhibit is a thematic extension of the current West Michigan Habitats exhibit, and includes two 10-month-old Lake Sturgeon.

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Betsy Visits for Wet Nose Wednesday [Sponsored]

Betsy the dog came calling today.

Yes, Betsy visited with Andy Rent as he talked about her on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday. Another Betsy visited just a few weeks ago, but this is a different one. Certainly a popular name.

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Giving Tuesday is Huge Success for Salvation Army

West Michigan is such a supportive, loving and giving community. The Salvation Army of Kent County certainly found that out, as they successfully raised $43,633 on Tuesday, December 1, during the national “Giving Tuesday” – a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season that celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

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Mel Trotter Ministries Helping Needy Families With Christmas Food Boxes

Mel Trotter Ministries is always there for people in need, and this year, as in years past, one of the biggest needs over the holidays is food.

In the greater Grand Rapids Area, Christmas Food Boxes will be given out to 650 families as part of Mel Trotter Ministries’ Holiday Food Box program.

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How to get out of a Traffic Ticket With a Song [Video]

I don't think anything sinks my heart faster than seeing the flashing lights of a police car following me. Oh, no, here comes a ticket.

You quickly begin thinking, "how can I get out of this. What excuse could I use."

Well, this guy in Florida beat out all excuses I've ever heard. He sang his way out of a ticket.

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