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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 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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Darth Vader Wakes up 2-Year Old Boy. What Happened? [Video]

This is such a sweet video, something all parents should watch.

It seems a dad spent all night working on a Darth Vader costume so that he could surprise his two-year-old son in the morning with a special Lord Darth Vader Star Wars wake-up call. So, what happened? You'll have to watch.

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May is Trauma Awareness Month and Blood is Needed to Save Lives

During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross is hoping eligible donors will give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies, especially here in West Michigan.

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New Ghostbusters Movie Coming Out This Summer [Video]

I don't care what the critics say, I think the new Ghostbusters movie is going to be a hoot.

It seems the new Ghostbusters movie trailer became the most disliked in YouTube history, and I don't know why.

Melissa McCarthy says, “It’s a reboot, not a remake. In the movie, it’s like the first one didn’t happen.” She admitted that the trailer was misleading by claiming the events of the new movie take place “30 years later,” which is not the case. Melissa said, “Believe me, the question was asked. I said, ‘I think it’s very confusing.’ But then everyone said, ‘We don’t care what you think.'” Oops.

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Lowell Showboat Sets Summer Concert Lineup

There is so much fun and entertainment in West Michigan this summer. There is something for everyone. The Meijer Garden's Summer Series, downtown activities including VanAndel Arena with Paul McCartney in August, just to mention one. And don't forget the always popular Lowell Showboat.

The Lowell Showboat Sizzlin' Summer Concerts, presented by LowellArts! and Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to kick off another fabulous season.

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Grand Rapids Ranks as No. 2 in Large Cities to Start a Business in US

The Grand Rapids Business Journal published an article this week that lists Grand Rapids as one of the nation’s best cities for entrepreneurship. As a matter of fact, number 2 for large cities in the nation.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum and Frito-Lay 2 Go Partner to Offer Free Children Passes

Starting this week, families’ hungry to fuel kid’s imagination for new discoveries can get a free kid’s pass to the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM). Now through June 5, visit a local retailer and purchase a Frito-Lay 2 Go Variety Pack featuring an astronaut, robot, or dinosaur, and families will receive a free kid’s pass to a participating Association of Science - Technology Center (ASTC), including the Grand Rapids Public Museum!

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Spectrum Health Offering Free Skin Cancer Screenings Today

Looking forward to getting a summer tan? Aren't we all, but, be careful, and remember to take precautions first.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the most common kind of cancer in the United States.

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21 Meijer Gardens’ Summer Concerts Sold Out on First Day

It didn't take long for concerts at the Meijer Garden's to sell out. Ten minutes for some, a few hours for others. All told, 21 concerts sold out by Saturday evening.

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Bernie Sanders Holds Election Night Rally In West Virginia
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Bernie Sanders/Larry David…Are They the Same Person? [Video]

The race for the White House is in the final stretch. The candidates are taking advantage of anything they can, and comedians are doing the same thing. This race is full of material for some great bits.

The Larry David-Bernie Sanders connection is one of them. Maybe you've seen SNL with Larry David as Bernie Sanders. It's way too funny, and now, has been taken to a new level. The Seinfeld creator and the Democratic candidate seem one in the same, which makes this incredible Seinfeld mash-up all the more perfect.

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Courtesy Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Traveling Troupe Performs Free Community Children’s Show in Greenville

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Traveling Troupe Performs Free Community Children's Show in Greenville will be doing a free performance next Saturday, May 7

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What do we Adults do at Work All Day? Kids Tell You [Video]

What do we adults do at work all day? That is a very good question. We all think we're being productive, right? We work hard and may have hectic days, but at the end of the day we hope we have accomplished something.

A group of kids were asked to explain what they thought adults do all day at work, and boy, did they ever. Kids' CBC of Canada then hired a group of actors to act out their hilarious explanations. This is very good.

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