Howdy, nice to meet you!
The year 2020 was, well 2020! Instead of a regular 2020 season like many people, my career was put on hold in North American and in Australia. The unexpected hiatus allowed me time to work on some new skills and to improve on some little things that I had not had the time to work on during a normal year. I'm glad I did because 2021brought many opportunities to showcase the new skills. I completed my fourth season in Kansas City and was part of the exciting rebrand from the T-Bones to the Monarchs. I am honored to be the "voice of the Monarchs," and the stories I am learning about the iconic name and history of the Monarchs is a mind-blowing experience at every turn. It is a blessing to tell the Monarchs story, and I look forward to every game on the air where I can share with our fans all that I have learned. As Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for 2022, you can find me broadcasting all home and away games for the Monarchs and hosting all our live shows and podcasts.
This year, 2022, will be my 22nd season as a play-by-play broadcaster in professional baseball. I previously spent four seasons as Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations in Gary, Ind. as the “Voice of the RailCats” for the Gary Southshore RailCats. I've had stops in Charleston, West Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Burlington, Iowa, also. A Texas native, I will broadcast all Monarchs games on online at monarchsbaseball.com. I will also help manage the Monarchs social media outlets and mentor Media Relations interns. When I arrived in KC, I started and hosted the ground-breaking T-Bones "Cup of Sizzle" on game days. I also started and hosted off-season breaking news days on Facebook Live and Periscope as well as the T-Bones "Pre and Post-Game Live" shows also on Facebook. These shows have also undergone a rebrand as they have become "Reign Reborn with the Kansas City Monarchs" and "Monarchs Mocha," our daily show during the season.
I can also be heard during the winters as the part of the Perth Heat Broadcast crew in the Australian Baseball League. I co-own TALKING BASEBALL AUSTRALIA, host a weekly ABL podcast, and create interactive social media content. I have also served as part of the Heat management team, representing Baseball Western Australia and the Heat in the North America in promotions and player procurement. My latest project includes Talking Baseball Australia, partnering in expansion of the ABL as baseball grows "down under".
I believe in causes bigger than myself and support several charities worldwide, including TEAM SPENCER, the Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City, and I often wear pink on Sunday broadcasts to raise awareness for cancer. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Tech University, and I am active in the alumni chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Although I am a native of Texas, I have close family ties in Kansas City with cousins living in the area.
I am happily married to GayMarie Vaughan, a teacher at St. Mark’s School of Texas and a doctoral candidate at SMU. I have two "bonus" kiddos, JAK, who is a fellow Red Raider and graduate from Texas Tech (BA and MA), and Caroline, who is a recent graduate of the University of Dallas (BA). When I am not in Kansas City, I reside in Dallas, Texas and Perth, Western Australia.