Chief Meteorologist Mark Ronchetti is starring in a new 20-episode reality program called “Mark vs. the Mountain: set to launch Sunday (Sept. 9) on KRQE News 13 (FOX New Mexico). Out of state viewers can stream the show online at krqe.com/foxnewmexico/markvsmountain
While the reality show will focus on Mark’s die-hard commitment to mountain weather forecasting, the primary purpose is to show the challenges the family faces when they attempt to build the highest house in the state of New Mexico. Mark, who is Known as ‘the most entertaining’ weatherman in New Mexico, is joined by his wife Krysty and their two young daughters in the series that highlights the ups and downs of building a house from the ground up at over 10,600 feet.
“We had been contemplating building a mountain home for the past couple of years so when we found this location, I knew building at this elevation would not only pose construction challenges but extreme mountain weather challenges,” Mark Ronchetti said. “The combination of those two elements sounded like good TV to me. We build a house and KRQE makes a show of it. So, I pitched the idea of turning our experience into a reality series to the general manager at KRQE.”
KRQE greenlighted the 20-episode program in the spring, so the filming of the show began in May and will continue through the winter as the Ronchetti’s complete the building of their house in Angel Fire, New Mexico.
The episodes will introduce the rest of the Ronchetti family and will highlight contractors and vendors who help them build their dream vacation home in the Northern New Mexico ski town.
“No one has built a home at this elevation in our state and under these type of weather conditions,” explains BJ Lindsey, builder, Lindsey Custom Homes. “So, when the Ronchetti’s approached us about being involved as their contractor we jumped at the opportunity. Who doesn’t want to become a pioneer in something new?”
The episodes will coincide with the start of FOX NFL SUNDAY and will lead into the pre-game program each week on FOX NEW MEXICO.
KRQE plans to make the episodes available each week on their website and, like KRQE’s Balloon Fiesta Coverage, the station and the Ronchetti’s hope to share Mark vs. The Mountain with other Nexstar TV station markets.
Vice President and General Manager of KRQE, William Anderson, says “we love creating local content and Mark always bring us great ideas. This show highlights Mark’s talents, New Mexico’s beauty, and the virtue of investing in our state.”
Mark’s wife, Krysty Ronchetti, is a former TV news anchor who met Mark after college when they worked at the same TV station in Colorado.
“Krysty and I had the opportunity to produce some quality programs together when we were first starting in the TV news industry. We both ended up going on to different cities in our career but coming back together on a TV program has been a dream we’ve both had for over a decade,” Ronchetti added.
The show will highlight everything from choosing a lot to build on, to negotiating the best pricing and designs for the interior and exterior, all while keeping track of tricky mountain weather in the southern Rockies.
“I’m super passionate about weather forecasting and building houses. I am thrilled to be able to bring these two together in what I’m hoping is an entertaining and maybe even an educational show for viewers to tune in to,” Ronchetti said.
With the spike in interest in homebuilding TV shows the Ronchetti’s hope their program will be very different from those currently on-air.
“Our show is almost a show within a show,” explains Krysty Ronchetti, co-host of Mark vs. the Mountain. “We plan to let viewers in on what it takes to not only build a house but what it takes to build a TV program.
“Our crew is part of what makes doing this possible and fun. We want viewers to see all the backstory and off-camera moments. Plus, I always enjoy watching blooper reels so why wouldn’t we include those moments in our episodes?”
Mark vs. the Mountain starts Sunday, September 9 at 9:30 am on FOX NEW MEXICO. The 20-episode program will air into February, 2019.