|TALENT SHOWCASE :: Brian Basham
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Versatile, AMS-sealed meteorologist with 11 years of experience seeks weather position as versatile as he is. Not only delivers engaging, accurate forecasts but also shines in live remotes and loves interacting with the public at events, in-studio, and on social media
Chief Meteorologist – WJZY, Charlotte, NC October 2015-Present
Lead a four-person team of meteorologists. Regular severe weather coverage including tornadoes, tropical storms, flash flooding, ice and snow storms. Aggressive use of social media—regular top-10 individual performer in the market on share rocket. Create cutting-edge weather graphics using Baron. Provide multiplatform weather updates to the public. Regular school visits and appearances at live events.
Weekday Evening Meteorologist – WHBQ, Memphis, TN July 2011-Present
After 10 months on weekday morning show, promoted to weekday 5 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. newscasts where I contributed to a 25 to 35 percent growth in market share despite a precipitous drop in primetime lead-ins. Created instructive, cutting-edge weather graphics using WSI. Provided ongoing, multiplatform weather updates to the public. Expanded station brand with proactive use of social media. Hosted live shows at local festivals and events.
Weekday AM Meteorologist– KGUN, Tucson, AZ April 2008-June 2011
Anchored and produced weather for weekday morning show and Good Morning America cut-ins. Provided live and taped forecasts for area radio stations. Proactively expanded station brand through social media sites, regularly visiting schools and participating in public events. Worked with area educators to develop elementary-level weather curriculum.
Weekday AM Meteorologist/Anchor – KTSM, El Paso, TX March 2005-April 2008
Co-anchored news desk as well as forecasted and anchored weather for weekday morning and midday shows. Reported on weather stories and broadcast from live remotes.
Overview of Qualifications
* AMS Seal #1779
* Broad experience in severe weather, including tornadic, monsoonal, tropical, and ice storms.
* Fully competent in the use of WSI, Baron, Weather Central’s Live and 3D Live, Accuweather, Doppler Radar, Weather Bug and other forecasting and graphics tools.
* Aggressively use social media and web to build viewership.
* Committed to working with local schools and community organizations to increase knowledge of weather sciences.
Broadcast Meteorology Certification: Mississippi State University
B.S. Broadcast Journalism: Northern Arizona University. (Post-baccalaureate coursework at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University)