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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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Courtesy Broadway Grand Rapds
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Something Wicked is Coming to Grand Rapids

There is some real excitement coming to Grand Rapids. Something very Wicked! Wait a minute.....it is WICKED!

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Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and More Coming to Meijer Gardens This Summer

About this time of year, we all begin to get antsy to find out the lineup for the Meijer Gardens Summer Concert Series. And, about this time of year, the Meijer Gardens begins "trickling out" information about who's coming. So, here's your "trickle."

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Los Lobos And Los Lonely Boys Perform At The Greek Theatre
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Los Lonely Boys Playing in Grand Rapids in March

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) brings the Grammy Award Winning Los Lonely Boys to St. Cecilia Music Center on Tuesday, March 14th. Los Lonely Boys, who dub their music “Texican Rock and Roll”, are three brothers with a unique mix of bluesy rock ’n’ roll and rootsy brown-eyed soul.

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Grand Rapids Symphony Returning to Carnegie Hall

Nearly 12 years ago, the Grand Rapids Symphony capped off its 75th anniversary season with a trip to the Big Apple and a concert in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. New York Times critic Bernard Holland, noting the enthusiastic reception for the orchestra in the 2,800-seat hall, began his review with, “The Grand Rapids Symphony came to Carnegie Hall on Saturday night and brought a good part of the city with it.”

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Andy Rent
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New Donut Shop is Totally Unique, and, Killer Delicious

I literally stumbled on a new donut shop in town call the Donut Conspiracy. I had to meet a friend and they said to meet them at the shop, which I had never heard of before. It's located off the East Beltline near the Knapp's Corner Meijer store, in the strip mall next to it, sort of behind Wendy's. I'm telling you, if you go in there, you may not come out alive.

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Baseball is Back and Special Whitecaps Tickets go on Sale Today

The countdown is on for the 2017 baseball season! The first signs of spring are appearing in the baseball world, as pitchers and catchers reported for spring training yesterday, and the Whitecaps front office is getting ready to put tickets on sale for the 24th season of baseball at Fifth Third Ballpark.

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photo: Clay Walker
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Jazz Legend Freddy Cole Coming to Town

Jazz fans rejoice! Freddy Cole is coming to town, and it's going to be a knock-out concert.

Presented by the 2016-2017 Chemical Bank Series, Freddy Cole will bring his suave, elegant jazz to the Van Singel Fine Arts Center Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

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West Michigan Golf Show This Weekend in Grand Rapids

It's hard to believe, but the 29th Annual West Michigan Golf Show with hundreds of exhibits from courses and resorts to clubs and merchandise, is this weekend in downtown Grand Rapids at DeVos Place. With fabulous door prizes, free golf lessons, clinics, and the Treetops Par-3 Challenge (actual golf hole inside!) where one lucky golfer might win $25,000, it's THE place to be for all Michigan golfers.

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