While Mick Shaffer was not affected by a large round of layoffs at Spectrum Sports KC earlier this year, he is now leaving the company on his terms.
KSHB-TV (Channel 41) announced Monday that Shaffer has been hired to replace Frank Boal as sports director. Boal, who previously announced he is retiring, will step down on June 29. Shaffer’s first day will be June 19.
“He’s one of the biggest reasons I have the job. He vouched for me,” Shaffer said of Boal. “It’s tough to get a sports job, just to get seen, really. I’m sure they got 500 tapes if not more. So any sort of recommendation from a friend, let alone the legend in town that he his, was just huge. If it were not for him, I don’t think I would have gotten it.”
Shaffer, who was born in Caldwell, Kan., attended Southwestern College and later graduated from the University of Kansas. He got his start in broadcast journalism at KSTN in Topeka in May 1998 before going to KAKE in Wichita in July 1999. Shaffer was hired at Metro Sports in July 2001.
Metro Sports morphed into Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and then into Spectrum Sports KC. While there, Shaffer has worked as an anchor, reporter and done play-by-play.
“I’ve been covering these same teams for 16 years, so I think it’s going to be a smooth transition,” Shaffer said. “I already know the teams, they know me.”
Shaffer and his wife, Janaye, have three kids (ages 5, 10 and 13), and says Kansas City is all they’ve known. That’s was he is thrilled to get a high-profile job in KC.
“I’ve never lived outside the state of Kansas,” said Shaffer, who turned 40 in April. “A lot of times you have to move states away and uproot your family, so to be able to get this and to stay in town is the best part.”