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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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Visit Mackinac Island in 1944 and Step Back In Time [Video]

I don't know what you may have planned for this 4th of July weekend, but I know the Rent's, there are a lot of us, will be heading up to Traverse City for a Cherry Festival weekend. However, our weekend wouldn't be complete without a day trip to beautiful Mackinac Island.

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Grand Rapids Then and Now Reveal

Tuesday, I posted some historical pictures of some downtown Grand Rapids streets that I found on the GR Retro website. I made it kind of a guessing game asking if you recognized where these pictures were taken, because things sure have changed around here since "back in the day." Well today, I reveal where they were taken and how things have changed.

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Rosie is our Pet of the Week on Wet Nose Wednesday

Rosie, from the Humane Society of West Michigan, came to visit.

Andy Rent talked about Rosie with Brooke from the Humane Society of West Michigan on his Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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Grand Rapids Then and Now

Downtown Grand Rapids sure has come a long way. It was a West Michigan center for retail, enterprise and entertainment way back when. Then it fell into decay with age, retail moved out to shopping malls, and the streets "rolled up" in the evening. Then, things began to change again, 20 plus years ago, and now it's returned to a level of activity and excitement not seen for many years.

On the website, GR Retro, I found some really fascinating pictures of Grand Rapids "back in the day," and how it has changed today.

Can you pick out where these pictures from GR Retro were taken?

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Eating Out is Expensive, But Your Kids can Eat Free, or Cheap, at These West Michigan Restaurants

There is a great website, Grand Rapids Kids, that covers all things, well, kids. One of the best things they cover is how, or where, to feed your kids for FREE, or at least cheap.

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How do you Like Your Beer? How About With a Shot of Coffee

Bell's Brewery just announced a new addition to its great beer lineup. It's Arabicadabra! Say what? Arabicadabra! Say it slowly, Ar-a-bi-ca-dabra. Rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it. Actually, it's better tasted than pronounced because it's a coffee milk stout.

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We Eat Bugs All The time And Don’t Even Know It

Did you know we all eat bugs every day? Yep, every day, all year long, believe it or not, and in massive quantities, up to 140,000 thousand bug pieces every year. That's disgusting!

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Would You Like to be a Star?

Admit it, you've always wanted to be on stage, maybe singing and dancing, but you have never taken the leap. Times a wastin, and hour chance is coming this weekend.

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Mason & Wesley Visit for Wet Nose Wednesday

Mason & Wesley came calling today.

The two cute kittens visited with Andy Rent as he talked about them on the Andy in the Morning show for Wet Nose Wednesday.

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5th Annual Andy Rent River Golf Classic Tons of Fun for a Wonderful Cause

Monday, July 17 is D-Day for a fabulous golf outing. Our 5th Annual Andy Rent River Golf Classic, benefiting CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, who become the voice for abused and neglected children in the Kent County Foster Care System.

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Be a Real Sherlock Holmes at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) just announced a cool new experience opening this summer, the Puzzle Room: Quest for Conviction. The Puzzle Room will give groups one hour to search a simulation of the Museum's Archives, solving puzzles, finding clues and creating a display of evidence to achieve conviction.

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