Mark Sassi packed up his VW and started to long trek from Maine to Vail in the fall of 1996, in search of bigger mountains, deeper snow and bigger trout. 17 years later he has found all that and more. Married with 2 wonderful kids, he is a permanent fixture on the TV8 team.
Mark is a nationally certified fly casting instructor and outdoor steward and one of his goals is to leave our natural world better than he found it for future generations. An annual rite of passage into the spring for him is the Go Pro Mountain Games and Mark has stood on the podium twice so far with gold and silver medals, both in the One Fly Xtreme.
There is no “trout” about it, Mark is proud to be a member of the TV8 team and the Vail Valley community.
Ashley may be one of the newest members of the TV8 Vail team but she’s called the Rocky Mountains home for over ten years. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Broadcasting, she moved to Summit County with her best friend for “a season”. As soon as she discovered snowboarding, it was clear that one season would never be enough.
Outside of TV8 Vail, Ashley also works for ESPN at the X Games each summer and winter. She’s been a member of their X-Squad since 2014.
Ashley is a mountain girl through and through and she’s incredibly excited to be part of the TV8 team and the Vail Valley community.
As a host of Good Morning Vail since 2002 and an Eagle County resident since 1992, Ken Hoeve is known for serving up broadcasts with true local knowledge and unbridled humor and enthusiasm. Ken spends an equal amount of time on the slopes and in the rivers as he does on the airwaves. He enjoys those outdoor experiences the most when he gets to share them with his two energetic sons. He has hosted many outdoor events around the country, like the Quicksilver Tahoe-Nalu, GoPro Mountain Games, Reno River Festival and the World Freestyle Kayak Championships. His passion for whitewater kayak racing has led him to the top of the podium at events like the class V Gore Canyon kayak race and more recently as the champion of the 2011 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. Ken offers a local’s perspective on navigating the mountains by day and enjoying the villages by night. He sums up life in the mountains by saying “we live at the two greatest resorts on the planet and I’m honored to share my knowledge, excitement, and experiences with our viewers during every broadcast”.
Meagan always dreamed of working in the entertainment industry, and from a young age she knew it was her calling. Radio and TV was the path for her! A Radio Broadcast Certificate and a Bachelor of Science in Communication later, she followed the sun and snow to Vail, Colorado, where it didn’t take long to find herself at home in the TV8 studio. When she isn’t hosting Good Morning Vail or DJ’ing for the local radio station, Meagan enjoys hiking, camping, dirt biking, snowboarding, and exploring the mountains with her dog Finn.
Rick is a native of Colorado and has lived in the Vail Valley since 1996. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound, he followed his passions of fly fishing, skiing, and hunting and that brought him back to the mountains of his home state. Father and son fishing trips throughout his youth taught Rick the importance of patience, persistence, and attention to detail. These three traits he continues to use in his everyday life and in everything in which he is involved. Rick’s enthusiasm for the lifestyle available here in Eagle County is infectious. He and his daughter call Eagle Ranch home, but he has lived in Vail, Eagle-Vail, Avon, Edwards, and Wolcott.
Rick returns again as a part of the TV-8 family as one of our Good Morning Vail Co-Hosts and Hosts throughout the winter season. Outside of the Good Morning Vail programming, Rick has been featured on two episodes of ESPN’s Fly Fishing America and is the Director of Fishing Events for Mountain Games.