Stay tuned for STYLE TV!

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Kendra Akers (left), publisher of Lake & Sumter Style, proudly introduces the host of “Style TV,” Tori Petry. Tori (right) was born and raised in Marion County and currently attends the University of Florida, where she is pursuing a degree in telecommunication news. In addition to “Style TV,” Tori works as a sports anchorwoman and reporter at WUFT-TV in Gainesville covering Gator football. She is also currently Miss Marion County USA 2014 and will represent her home county at the Miss Florida USA competition this July for a chance to represent the state at Miss USA. At home, Tori enjoys wakeboarding and jet skiing with her family at their Lake Weir home.

 

New this August!

The pages of our magazine come to life to showcase the best that Lake and Sumter have to offer.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any bigger at Lake & Sumter Style, we are bringing our award-winning publication to life with the launch of “Style TV.” Each month we will focus on the people, places, and events that make Lake and Sumter a great place to live, work, and play.

In many ways, “Style TV” represents our coveted Lake & Sumter Style magazine. For several years, Akers Media Group has brainstormed how to bring a great video component to the magazine and provide additional in-depth content that mirrors what you see every month in Style. With the introduction of “Style TV,” we will be breaking free from the boundaries of print and placing you directly in all the action. Nevertheless, viewers can still expect to see many of our favorite articles and sections brought to the small screen for your viewing pleasure.

“‘Style TV’ isn’t separate from the magazine,” says Kendra Akers, president of Akers Media Group. “In fact, it is a reflection of the magazine, but still different enough to bring you exclusive content not found in our print product.”

With the aim to feature positive, uplifting information in an entertaining, engaging format, “Style TV” fills the void of hyper-local programming in the local television market.

“I love Lake County. I’ve lived here for many, many years. However, the one thing I notice is a lack of local television content that really shows off what we have here as a community,” Kendra says. “That is a hole we are certainly looking to fill with ‘Style TV.’ Every episode will focus solely on this area and this area alone. We want to become the show you tune in to so you know what’s going on in your backyard.”

During our 30-minute program, “Style TV” will give you unrestricted access to a different, more trendy side of Lake and Sumter counties. Want the full experience of what is happening in and around the community? Our “Social Style” correspondent Tina Morrison will be there to experience it with you in person and capture it all on video. Be sure to look out for her with the “Style TV” team at local events throughout Lake and Sumter counties.

We will also have special recipes and culinary ideas with “In the Kitchen,” but you never know where our kitchen will be. It could be outside, on the water, in a home, or at a restaurant. You’ll just have to watch and see.
“Style TV” will also be available on a variety of media platforms. Aside from being broadcast locally on Comcast and Bright House Networks, it will be available to watch anytime, anywhere on our YouTube channel and on our website.

“We’re super excited about launching ‘Style TV.’ We guarantee it will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” says Kendra. “And just like we love being here to entertain our readers, we’re also looking forward to entertaining you, our viewers.”


Meet the Style TV Team

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Marc Rice is an award-winning video producer with more than 14 years’ experience in the television broadcasting industry. At “Style TV,” he serves as the executive producer. Professionally, he has worked as a photojournalist for WESH-TV, NBC News Channel, and WKMG-TV in Orlando.

Marc’s work has been recognized by organizations such as the Florida Associated Press and the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA). He also was the recipient of two regional Emmy Awards.

Marc lives in Central Florida with his wife and their three beautiful children.


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Tina Morrison was born and raised in Lake County and attended Leesburg High School and Lake-Sumter State College. In addition to being the social correspondent for “Style TV,” Tina is the editorial director and community relations liaison at Akers Media Group.

Tina will be finishing her degree through Lake-Sumter State College with a focus in organizational management. In her spare time, Tina enjoys boating, traveling, baking, and spending time with her husband Daniel, their fur-baby Beau, and her family.


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Alyson Rogers is a correspondent with a vivacious, energetic personality. Her passion for on-camera broadcasting began in high school with four years of television production.

Alyson attained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Florida State University and worked for two years as a middle school teacher before moving back home to Ocala. Alyson credits her classroom experience for her at-ease feeling in front of the camera.

She is excited to be a part of the “Style TV” team and happy to be living back in Ocala.


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Nikko Tan is a sophomore at the University of Florida, where he studying telecommunication news and pre-medical.

He graduated from the IB program at Vanguard High School where he served as the head sports producer for the school’s nationally recognized broadcast morning show “Knightly News” for three years. He has received numerous national awards from the Student Television Network for his work.

When Nikko is not watching episodes of “The Office” on Netflix, he enjoys running, playing table tennis with friends, and learning how to play the guitar.


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Jana Wheeler comes to “Style TV” with four years of experience in digital media and broadcast production. She has been nationally recognized several times for team productions at the Student Television Network national convention. As a correspondent for “Style TV,” Jana loves meeting new people and spends most of her production time in front of the camera, though she also likes to lend a hand “behind the scenes.” In her spare time, Jana loves traveling around Florida with her friends, relaxing on the east coast, and spending time with her parents.


Written by Shemir Wiles | Photos by Fred Lopez

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