Brian Basham

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Brian’s road to becoming a member of the WCCB weather team started with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northern Arizona University. During his time as a proud Lumberjack, he played trombone in the marching band and did a fair amount of skiing (fun weather fact—yes, there is snow in Arizona!).

From there he completed the Broadcast Meteorology program at Mississippi State and took his first weather job as the weekday Morning Meteorologist in El Paso, Texas. After that, he spent three years covering the weekday morning weather in Tucson, Arizona. That was when he realized that outside of the summer monsoon season, doing weather in the desert isn’t that exciting. So, he and his family hit the road for Memphis, where tornadoes, flooding, and ice-storms were only part of the forecasting fun.

But after visiting his wife’s family in the Queen City and getting a taste of the area’s beautiful rivers, lakes, and rolling hills, along with the great food and friendly people, he became determined to become a Charlottean. He didn’t have to wait long before a job became available. He spent a year as the chief meteorologist at another station in town before he was thrilled to join the best (and certainly most fun) news team in the Queen City at WCCB.

Brian’s proudest achievement, however, still has to be his college job as a jungle cruise skipper at Disneyland. (As he continually reminds his wife, the female staffers that summer voted him “guy they’d most like to be stranded on Tom Sawyer’s island with.” She usually responds, “It’s been 20 years. Give it a rest.”).

If you see him out and about with his beautiful wife, Megan, two of the cutest (and loudest) little girls in the world, or a dog with the worst breath in the world, don’t be afraid to come up and say hi. He’s always looking for fun human interest stories to cover, so if you’ve got a good idea, he’d love to hear about it. If you’re lucky (or maybe unlucky) he may even dust off a few of those old jungle cruise jokes for you.

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