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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 CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), 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 grandchildren. Andy and his wife Kathy have 7 children and 13 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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Logging Festival in Newaygo This Labor Day Weekend

There is a bunch of fun happening in Newyago this holiday weekend, and it just might the thing you're looking for to put a little excitement in your Labor Day weekend. It's the 38th Annual Logging Festival, running September 2nd. 3rd. and 4th.

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An Exciting Morning With a Car Fire in a Downtown Grand Rapids Parking Ramp

There was a lot of commotion downtown this morning, and right across the street from our studios. A car burst into flames in the Ottawa-Fulton parking ramp on level G.

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Opera Grand Rapids Announces Their Eclectic New Season

Opera Grand Rapids 2016-2017 season certainly features an eclectic mix.  There will be two fully-staged operas, a Vocal Arts Series of intimate operatic concerts, and diverse programming aimed to entice a variety of audiences.

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School of Music Programs Beginning at St. Cecilia

If your child has an interest in music and performance, here is a wonderful opportunity for them.

Starting in September, students with an interest in music are encouraged to try out for SCMC’s School of Music programs.

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A Dog’s Purpose Looks Like a Great new Movie [Video]

There is a wonderful best-selling book called A Dog's Purpose, and now it's being made into a movie. With a strong cast led by Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton, from the old Mod Squad TV days, it looks like a great family movie. Take a look.

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Sunshine Church Downsizing by Selling Property and Moving to new Location

Sunshine Community Church, one of the largest church facilities
in West Michigan, has decided they need to restructure, and, relocate. So, they have reached an agreement to sell their current facilities and property at 3300 East Beltline Ave NE to Resurrection Life Church of Rockford. Terms of the impending sale are not being disclosed.

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Worst Baby Names for 2016

Well, it's that time of year again: time to announce the most popular baby names of the year.

Wait a minute, not so fast. This is a list we hear every year. It's nice, but boring. What about the rejects, the worst baby names that have been cast down on newborns as a possible lifelong curse? I'm here to help, because I have discovered those names.

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Stuff The Bus Campaign Successful in Helping GRPS Students

It was a banner year for Heart of West Michigan United Way's campaign to Stuff the Bus!

The Stuff the Bus project is a way to help students in need have the school supplies they might not be able to buy, and this year was super successful.

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