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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.
Courtesy of The Rapid
Courtesy of The Rapid
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The Rapid in Grand Rapids Is Looking for Your Good Ideas

Here's a good question: What's your preference -- doughnuts or pizza?

What do you think? Both? I'm all over that.  But seriously, doughnuts and pizza have something to do with The Rapid not resting on its laurels with the successful launch of the Silver Line.

The Rapid already wants to know where and how you want to go with the next bus rapid transit (BRT) line.

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(Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)
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West Michigan Whitecaps Host First 3-D Printed T-Ball Game Tonight [Video]

Baseball is a sport that has been built on traditions for more than 150 years. Tonight, tradition will meet the future when the West Michigan Whitecaps host the first-ever game played by using equipment printed by 3D, or additive manufacturing, technology.

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(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Consumer Energy Donating Free Light Bulbs to People in Need

 

Consumers Energy is helping families across Michigan to save energy and money this year by donating 85,000 energy-efficient light bulbs through food banks.

This month, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is giving out about 40,000 Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) through its network of food pantries. Families receive a package of two CFLs, along with information on the bulbs' benefits and other energy-saving tips.

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Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
Evgenia Pochenkova has been living in Sochi, Russia, for almost two years. (Photo: K.Green/BSU at the Games)
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Winter Olympics: Sochi Endures for its Celebrated Games

By Holly Demaree | BSU at the Games
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The Sochi Winter Olympics are 17 days of competition that ends Sunday.

For some spectators, getting to the Winter Olympics takes more than a day of constant travel, with the inconvenience and jet lag drifting away on arrival in the Black Sea resort city.

For Sochi's residents, however, these have been moment

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, both of Michigan, display the gold medals they earned for winning the figure skating ice dancing competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Winter Olympics Offer Vision of Better World — If Anyone is Watching

By Adrianna Howell | BSU at the Games

Please raise your hand if you remember all the hype and hubbub of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Please keep your hand up if you knew this year was also an Olympic year.

Why is it that the Summer Games seem to draw so much more of a crowd than the Winter Games?

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Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
Ball State University student Dominique Stewart smiles while hanging out with a couple of new acquaintances from Russia in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Taylor Irby/BSU at the Games)
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Зимние Олимпийские игры: Сцены из Сочи (Winter Olympics: Scenes from Sochi)

By Taylor Irby | BSU at the Games

So it begins. #travelday #roadtosochi #ballstate #airport http://t.co/Wu3JpwQgLi

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) February 4, 2014

 

@DavidPolaski I'm on my way to the Olympics. #boom

— Taylor Irby (@taylor_irby) Februar

Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
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Winter Olympics: Built for Speed, U.S.’ Innovative Under Armour Skin Suits Hit the Ice

By Allyson Burger | BSU at the Games

Since the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, U.S. engineers in sports technology and aerospace have joined forces on a top-secret project.

What was it? Super-secret spy technology? A faster than the speed of light aircraft?

No.

The mission had one sole purpose: to make the fastest speedskaters in the world even faster.

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Meijer State Games of Michigan - Winter Games
Meijer State Games of Michigan - Winter Games
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Meijer Winter State Games are This Weekend in West Michigan

This weekend, February 14-16, 2014 an estimated 2,000+ athletes from all corners of Michigan will come and represent 13 sports and compete in the inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan - Winter Games.

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Grand Rapids Griffins
Grand Rapids Griffins
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Griffins Great Skate Winterfest is This Weekend

The Grand Rapids Griffins are having a great season.

They're leading their division by at least 10 points, and continue great play, even though so many stars of the team continue to make the trip east and play with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.

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