"At Lake TV, it is our mission to inform, entertain, and educate our
viewers by presenting content that highlights local businesses, events, attractions, and the people of Lake of the Ozarks. We love showcasing what makes this place the # 1 recreational lake in America.
We pride ourselves on adapting regularly in a rapidly changing industry of media and video. We are proud to offer our content to viewers on broadcast television, numerous digital & streaming platforms, as well as our popular social media channels.
The People of Lake TV
William Holtz was hired at Lake TV as the play-by-play broadcaster for high-school football back in 2013. Between that time and 2018, Holtz was promoted to Account Executive, Sports Director, and then General Manager before purchasing Lake TV in June of 2018. Award winning and highly decorated, Holtz has produced, written, directed, hosted, and sold to the tune of millions of viewers and dollars in his almost 10-year career with Lake TV.
Some of Holtz’s more celebrated accomplishments include his involvement in growing the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout awareness and coverage, serving as the director of extras casting for Jason Bateman in his Emmy Award Winning Netflix series “Ozark”. You may recognize Holtz from his weekly talk show “Cup of Coffee” with his co-host Uncle Chris. In the first 133 shows, there have been more than 5 million viewers. You may also recognize Holtz from:
• LIvE High-School Football (102 games called over last 10 years)
• Serving As A Media Agency / Consultant For His 10 x Media Partners
• LOZ Featured Dock Series (20 Total Episodes over 2 Seasons • 3 Million Total Viewers)
• Emceeing Variety of Concerts at Ozarks Amp (including Nelly, Wiz Khalifa, Aaron Lewis, Old Dominion, Travis Tritt & Others)
• Hosting Shootout Event Videos and Dock Interviews During LIVE Shootout broadcast
• Involement in Local Non-Profits & Charities
However, even more than media, entertainment, and possessing the gift of gab… Holtz is a devote Christian & Family Man. Holtz and his wife Uniqie have a 3-year old daughter Brynlee Lillianna along with their two beloved fur babies and numerous betas. The Holtz’s attend The Church at Osage Hills where Unique serves as a high-school youth leader while William works in the connections and communtiy relations department. Additionally, Holtz is an avid sports fan and sports card collector. The Holtz family resides in Sunrise Beach.
Chris and wife Michelle moved to the Lake of the Ozarks from Dallas/Fort Worth whereChris was the Sports Director at CBS Radio-Dallas for nearly twenty years. While inDallas, along with working for CBS, Chris also hosted the DFW FCA show interviewingsports legends such as Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Bobby Bowden, Lou Holtz, TomOsborne and many others. Before living in DFW Schneider spent time in Londonworking on the air at ESPN International and the BBC. Chris has hosted nationallysyndicated sports talk shows in both Dallas and Chicago. He also had the privilege ofdoing pre-game and post-game shows in Los Angeles at KMPC for the Rams, Angels,Clippers and UCLA Bruins. Schneider is also the author of two published books,“Starting Your Career In Broadcasting” which features stories and advice frombroadcasting greats like Bob Costas, Chris Berman, Troy Aikman, Larry King andothers. He also authored a novel titled “Angel Dreams” which was named a “FavoriteBook of 2014” by Amazon Editors. Schneider is also an inspirational public speaker,having addressed audiences in England and America. After living in bigger cities formany years Chris & Michelle love living in the Ozarks.
Director of Photography
Andrew Evans is a highly accomplished Director of Photography known for his exceptional skills in capturing stunning visuals. With a passion for storytelling through the lens, Andrew has made significant contributions to the field of cinematography. Currently serving as the Director of Photography at Lake TV, he has played a pivotal role in shaping the visual narrative of numerous projects.
Andrew's journey in cinematography began with a deep appreciation for the art form and a commitment to honing his craft. He possesses a keen eye for composition, lighting, and camera movement, which enables him to create compelling and visually striking imagery. His technical expertise combined with his creative vision allows him to bring stories to life through the power of visuals.
With a commitment to excellence, Andrew stays abreast of the latest technological advancements in the field, ensuring that his work remains at the forefront of innovation. His ability to adapt to different shooting conditions and his collaborative nature make him a sought-after professional in the industry.
Andrew Evan's impressive body of work, combined with his passion and dedication to his craft, has earned him accolades and recognition from both peers and audiences alike. As the Director of Photography at Lake TV, he continues to captivate viewers with his striking visuals, contributing to the success and growth of Lake Tv.
Megan grew up in Idaho (no she wasn’t a potato farmer but she did eat lots of potatoes) and started her career in broadcasting when she was in high school. Her junior year she started running cameras for the 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock news at her local CBS affiliate making her the only woman in the operations department (girl power). She was directing the nightly news by the time she graduated high school. The operations director for one of the largest Christian Radio networks in the country came knocking and she took a little side step into the audio side of broadcast. Continuing her career in Christian Radio she moved 1,200 miles away to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks to be a part of a radio network that almost covers the whole state of Missouri. With two years of television and 10 years of radio under her belt it was time to add more television experience, so she joined the team at Lake TV! She’s done everything from interviewing famous people, to adjusting transmitters and satellites, to graphic design and video editing, to sweeping off those satellites in a blizzard. If it’s related to broadcast she’s probably done it.
Marvin St. John
Marvin comes to Lake TV with multiple years of sales and sales management experience. “I love the physiology of sales, it’s like a giant game of chess” call him for all your advertising needs.
Station Program & Schedule Coordinator
Michelle Kitchen is a highly skilled and dedicated professional serving as a Station Program & Schedule Coordinator. With a passion for organization and meticulous attention to detail, Michelle is responsible for managing and coordinating various programs and schedules within Lake Tv
Michelle's expertise lies in creating and implementing efficient program schedules, ensuring that all activities and events run smoothly and according to plan. She possesses excellent communication skills, enabling her to collaborate effectively with various stakeholders, including station management, staff, and external partners.
Michelle's strong multitasking abilities allow her to handle multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining a high level of accuracy. She is adept at prioritizing tasks, resolving scheduling conflicts, and adapting to changing circumstances to ensure optimal program delivery.
With her exceptional organizational skills and a keen eye for efficiency, Michelle Kitchen plays a crucial role in the success of station programs. Her commitment to excellence and her ability to streamline operations make her an invaluable asset to Lake Tv.
David Leatherbery is the son of a soldier, who grew up moving between Michigan and eastern Germany. He started making videos at the age of six, though his early work mostly consisted of action figures, no script, and very patient parents. As a teenager, he'd moved back to the states and picked the art up again with renewed passion. His obsession with TV and movies never really took a break, and he spent his entire four years of high school taking video production classes at his school's career center, producing content for the news channel they ran. After graduation, he moved onto college, during which he did extensive freelance work in Branson and St Louis. Now a resident of the Lake of the Ozarks, Lake TV has turned out to be the place for him, allowing him to channel his passion into editing, animating, and proudly hosting Weekend At The Lake. Here's to looking forward!
JR Post Production Specialist
Sierra Smith is a talented video editor currently in her senior year at the College of the Ozarks. With a passion for creating compelling visual content, Sierra has honed her skills in video editing and has amassed over 1 million views on various social media platforms.
Throughout her college journey, Sierra has acquired a deep understanding of video editing techniques, software, and storytelling principles. She has developed a keen eye for detail and a strong ability to transform raw footage into captivating videos that engage and resonate with viewers.
Sierra's work has gained significant recognition online, with her videos garnering widespread attention and reaching a wide audience. Her ability to create visually stunning and emotionally impactful content has contributed to her growing success as a video editor.
Beyond her technical expertise, Sierra also possesses excellent communication and collaboration skills, allowing her to work effectively with clients, and fellow creatives. She takes pride in delivering high-quality work that meets or exceeds the expectations of her clients and audience.
Host of Happy Hour
DJ Kyle has more than 30 years of DJ experience in the entertainment industry. He started djing at the age of 10 years old. He also has been voted best DJ at Lake of the Ozarks and Missouri multiple times in many publications. You can catch him around the lake and at private shows all over the Midwest.
Kyle also loves living on his farmstead with his amazing fiancé and soon to be wife. When he’s not DJing or in front of the camera on Lake TV, you can catch Kyle on the farm, cooking, in the garden, traveling the world, spending time with his daughter and fiancé or making his world famous hot sauces and spices from his garden.
Kyle loves life and he loves to bring joy to people that he comes in contact with. His passion for entertaining people comes across in Happy Hour, whether he is interviewing someone about their passion or being his silly self, there’s always something fun on Happy Hour.
JR Post Production Specialist
Host of Classic Videos and
SR Post Production Specialist
Publicist/ Social Media Manager