Contact Us

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.
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
[

TV Special About Bruce Jenner’s Transition Begins This Weekend on E! Network [Video]

This is one of those stories that I have been having a difficult time wrapping my head around - the transition of Bruce Jenner.

Even though the media has been all over this story, and it seems everybody has been talking about it, I haven't discussed it here. This is just such a personal thing, and I have always felt that I didn't want to continue the sensationalization of the story. Plus, Bruce Jenner didn't need one more media person talking about him during, what has to be the most difficult time of his life.

Read More

Circle_Theatre_Logo
[

Circle Theatre Celebrates the Music of James Taylor and Legendary Women of Rock

Circle Theatre, known for their wonderful plays and musicals during the spring and summer season, produces an annual concert series that features many of the area’s best vocalists and musicians. Live music in an intimate setting gives all audience members an up-close and personal experience unique only to Circle Theatre.

Read More

David McNew/Getty Images
David McNew/Getty Images
[

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms!

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms today! Here is hoping it is a very special and loving day for all of you.

I thought it would be fun to also recognize new mom's today, some of the mom's we follow. By that I mean, new celebrity moms, mothers for the first time!

Read More

Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images
Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images
[

Harry (I Thought He was Dead) Caray Visits David Letterman [Video]

This David Letterman bit is way to fun not to share.

I don't know if you caught the late Harry Caray the other night as he made a surprise appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Dave had to stop his show when he was interrupted by Harry, the legendary late Cubs announcer (aka Will Ferrell)

Read More

Guang Niu/Getty Images
Guang Niu/Getty Images
[

Daughter Loses Tooth by Javelin Throw [Video]

Losing a tooth, the natural way, is like a sign of growing up, right? Kids are so proud when they lose a tooth. They're getting older, feeling proud, not to mention the Tooth Fairy will come with money.

However, losing a tooth can be traumatic. And parents have to help a bit, and be creative, at getting that tooth out.

Read More

Grand Rapids Griffins/City of Rockford
Grand Rapids Griffins/City of Rockford
[

Rockford Changes its Name – For Two Weeks

In the spirit of winning another Calder Cup...hint, hint, hint, the city of Rockford has announced it is only prudent that they now be called "Griffinville." Sounds crazy, huh? 

Read More

Courtesy GRPM
Courtesy GRPM
[

The Discovery of King Tut Exhibition Opens at the Grand Rapids Public Museum May 16

The much anticipated exhibition,The Discovery of King Tut, will make its Great
Lakes Region debut at the Grand Rapids Public Museum on May 16, 2015. Visitors will experience what it was like for Howard Carter and his team when they first discovered the tomb of Tutakhamun in1922.

Read More

Phil Walter/Getty Images
Phil Walter/Getty Images
[

This Grandmother Really Knows how to Celebrate her Birthday [Video]

Celebrating Birthdays is always fun. After all, you get to be the center of attention for a day, adored, loved, celebrated and honored with presents and cake!

Okay, maybe I overstated that a bit, but it still is nice when your special day is made special. For this 91-year old grandmother, her birthday was extra special.

Read More

Jamie Squire/Getty Images Sport
Jamie Squire/Getty Images Sport
[

Did Jamie Foxx Butcher the National Anthem at the Mayweather/Pacquiao Fight? [Video]

The "fight of the century," or so it was called by some, is over. The Mayweather/Paaquiao fight was Saturday night, and Floyd Mayweather won by unanimous decision in 12 rounds.

Did you see it? By all reports is was very under whelming. Many were disappointed at the lack of actual fighting. However, that wasn't the only topic of conversation.

Read More

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://rivergrandrapids.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for The River's Loyal Listeners Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The River's Loyal Listeners Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.