Mitch Holthus has been the Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs since 1994. He is the longest tenured play-by-play voice in franchise history. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Holthus also hosts the “Minute with Mitch” television series seen and heard in five states. Holthus also hosts the “Chiefs Insider” television show.
Following the NFL season, Holthus is a television play-by-play talent for select college basketball games.
His talents have been featured on ESPN, FOX and other national outlets. He is the number-one announcer for the Missouri Valley Conference. He also received the prestigious John Sanders Spirit of the Valley award in 2007.
For 13 years, Holthus was the play-by-play voice of the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12 Conference. He has been named “Kansas Sportscaster of the Year” eight times. He has also been named the top play-by-play sportscaster in Kansas nine times by the Kansas Association Broadcasters. In 1996, he was awarded the Hod Humiston Award of Excellence in Kansas Sportscasting. As a result, he is the youngest sportscaster in Kansas history to receive every major sportscasting award. For 10 years, Holthus was also the sales manager of the Wildcat Sports Network. He currently owns his own company that features talent, marketing and motivational services.
He is a past President of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. In addition, he is on the Board of Trustees of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Mitch was also inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Holthus is a 1979 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in journalism. He received a degree in business administration from K-State in 1980. He is married to the former Tami Johnson of McPherson, Kansas, a former K-State women’s basketball player. They have two children, Brian and Hayley. Holthus is a native of Smith Center, Kansas.