Twin Cities radio personality to narrate new HGTV show


Mark Rider, 96.3 K-TWIN's afternoon radio personality, is bringing his distinct voice to HGTV.

Rider says he will be narrating the network's new show "New House, New Life" starting April 13.

The show follows "city-weary" couples who are shown how great life could be living in nature's beauty, including such locales as the mountains of Colorado, the lakes of Montana, horse farms in Tennessee, Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Napa Valley, California. Ultimately, the couples each look at three homes and have to decide if they're ready to leave their city slicker dwellings to live in dream houses in more tranquil surroundings.

"NHNL focuses on people who are ready to take a huge leap of faith and give up a guaranteed paycheck for a chance to do something they’ve always dreamt of," Rider tells Bring Me The News in an email. "Who hasn’t wanted to start a B&B, live on a charter boat, start a ranch, or move back to your home town and start a small business? We all have. The show is very inspiring and reminds the viewer that you always have a choice to be or to do something else. The question, are you willing to take the risk? "

Rider is no stranger to voice-over work. In addition to his duties as K-TWIN's afternoon drive shift, he's the promotional voice of the San Diego Chargers. He's also done voice work for Showtime, the Outdoor Channel, Fox Sports, HGN and TNT. 

Rider says he secured the new HGTV gig outside of his connections in the radio world.

"I love to tell good stories and have always dreamt of television narration," says Rider, who notes how good things continue to come out of his education at Winona State University. "Last year I began training for it and am proud to say this is my first of three shows in the pipeline."

The blog Luxury Real Estate says Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty broker Jeff Hendley beat out hundreds of competing agents to land the season premiere of "New House, New Life."

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