John Basham is a City Councilman, Consulting Meteorologist, Texas Army National Guardsman, and The President of Texans For Government Transparency.
John Basham's Bio:
John Basham is active in his community of as a City Councilman, an advocate for open and transparent government, a Texas Army National Guardsman, and an Expert Meteorologist with over fifteen years of experience in Broadcast, Research, Consulting, and Operational Meteorology. He is skilled in analyzing and preparing weather forecasts with an emphasis on graphical processing for ease of customer use. John possess outstanding communications and interactive abilities including oral, written, and graphical presentation styles. He is comfortable in a fast-paced weather environment that requires rapid updates of information to clients. He is an expert and extremely reliable when handling a team of people, making sure the focus remains on the task at hand while conveying a positive working environment. In addition to John Basham's expertise in meteorology he is also a skilled software developer with experience in both web and computer based software solutions. John continues to extend his skill set and is currently developing new computer algorithms for use with the Weather Research Forecast model (WRF). These algorithms will better detect and forecast meso and micro scale environments where Tornadoes will form hours before they are developed. John's hope is that these algorithms can be deployed in the near future to give better and more accurate Tornado Warnings. John is also a Medically Retired Texas Peace Officer.
John Basham's Experience:
City Councilman Place 2 at City of Reno, Texas (Parker & Tarrant Counties)May 2015 - Present | Reno, Texas (Parker and Tarrant Counties)
John was elected to a 2 year term as a City Council member of Reno, Texas in May of 2015. John garnered 45% of the vote in a 4 way race. Reno, Texas council members and mayor are elected to 'places' but those places are the city at large. Council members and the mayor are elected for two years terms, after which they must step down or run for re-election. John's duties on the council include setting the tax rate, approving the budget, planning for capital improvements, adopting all city ordinances, selecting citizens to serve on boards and commissions, and approving major land transactions, purchases and contracts.
Candidate for Board of Directors - May 2013 at Tarrant Regional Water District2013 - 2013 | Fort Worth, Texas
With over 46,000 votes cast I lost this race in the recount by 80 votes. Ran for a place on the Tarrant Regional Water District Board of Directors.
Weather Solutions / IT / Web Developer at Always 24 x 7, LLCJanuary 2004 - 2006 | Euless, Texas
John was responsible for oversight, operation, and development of Information Technology related web solutions for clients of all sizes. This including program layout, integration, application and data architecture interfacing per client needs. The day-to-day support of all employees implementing the client projects both from a user interface design to back end architecture and program/data integration into the planned technology. Extensive knowledge in PHP, MySQL, Program Architecture security, Adobe Creative Suite, HTML, XHTML, CSS, budget management, employee management, marketing, client support, Search Engine Optimization, and emerging technologies.
Chief Meteorologist at KXXV-TV / KRHD-TV (ABC)2002 - 2003 | Waco, Texas / Bryan-College Station, Texas
Responsible for managing weather staff of meteorologists and storms chasers. Created forecasts from raw weather data for two different viewing areas and made graphic representations of those forecasts. Updated and kept current forecast information on our 24 hour a day local weather channel on Time Warner cable with real time forecasts. Was the pivotal member of the team during severe weather events directing all station assets for wall-to-wall severe coverage on the local weather channel and breaking weather news on the main over the air channels. Regularly visited schools to teach kids about weather and meteorology as well as weather safety. Regular guest lecturer at Baylor University's Earth Science department.
Program Director / Morning Air Talent at KCKR-FM / KWTX-AM Clear Channel Radio1999 - 2000 | Waco, Texas
Voted One of Gavin Magazine's Top 5 Program Directors (Country Radio) Check completed program logs for accuracy and conformance with FCC rules and regulations, and resolve program log inaccuracies. Confer with directors and production staff to discuss issues such as production and casting problems, budgets, policies, and news coverage. Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming. Develop promotions for current programs and specials.Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming. Complete quarterly budgeting including, staffing, capital expenditures, and revenue enhancement. Increased ratings by over 35% in key demographics. Increased revenue opportunities by 40%.
Owner / General Manager at The Grape - Bistro1999 - 2000 | Waco, Texas
Upscale Wine Bar Bistro. Ensured compliance with Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission & Texas Health Department. Oversaw, ordering and tracking all of the food, supplies, equipment and other inventories needed. It also consists of maintaining the building and equipment (inside and outside), the parking lot and any other property of the business. Other duties included hiring, training, directing, scheduling and dismissing employees. Overseeing the finances, promotions and goals of the business. Set cost benefit ratio to retain a successful business.
Chief Meteorologist - On Camera at KXXV-TV / KRHD-TV (ABC)1996 - 1999 | Waco, Texas / Bryan-College Station, Texas
Responsible for managing weather staff of meteorologists and storms chasers. Created forecasts from raw weather data for two different viewing areas and made graphic representations of those forecasts. Instrumental in launching our own 24 hour a day local weather channel on Time Warner cable with real time forecasts. Was the pivotal member of the team during severe weather events directing all station assets for wall-to-wall severe coverage on the local weather channel and breaking weather news on the main over the air channels. Regularly visited schools to teach kids about weather and meteorology as well as weather safety. Regular guest lecturer at Baylor University's Earth Science department.
On Camera Meteorologist at KFDX-TV (NBC)1994 - 1996 | Wichita Falls, Texas
Served as on-camera meteorologist for weekday morning and noon weather-casts. Served in a dual role as the stations Warning Coordination Meteorologist (Severe Weather & Doppler Radar Expert) during severe weather outbreaks. Made regular visits to local schools to teach children about weather, meteorology, and weather safety.
Chief Meteorologist - On Camera at KTEN-TV (NBC)1994 - 1995 | Ada, Oklahoma / Sherman, Texas
Responsible for managing weather staff of meteorologists and weather observation volunteers. Created forecasts from raw weather data for large viewing area. Created graphic representations of those forecasts using Photoshop & Kavouras weather computer. Instrumental in growing ratings with increased severe weather coverage and addition of Doppler radar technology. Anchored wall-to-wall severe weather coverage and breaking weather news. Implemented early web-site weather information & forecasts. Regularly visited schools to teach kids about weather and meteorology as well as weather safety. Regular guest lecturer at Baylor University's Earth Science department.
Chief Forecaster (Drive Time) at KUII-AM / KGBS-AM (CNN Radio)1993 - 1994 | Dallas, Texas
Served as as staff Chief Forecaster overseeing all weather operations of day to day weather-casts on a 24 hour news radio format. Performed all severe weather coverage on-air and with CNN Radio for network stations across the Southern United States.
Assistant Program Director / Air Talent at KAFM/KAAM/Bonneville1991 - 1992 | Dallas, Texas
Air talent also serving as Assistant Program Director in charge of scheduling all music for airplay on KAAM-AM. Worked closely with air-staff, sales, and promotions to execute new streams of recurring non-traditional revenue.
Combat Medic / US Army Medical Center & School at Texas Army National Guard / United States ArmyMay 2003 - Present | Fort Worth, Texas
- United States Army Medical Center and School - Ft. Sam Houston, Texas - TXARNG HHC 3/144th Inf Medical Platoon BAS - Ft. Worth, Texas Provide medical treatment to wounded soldiers. Typically responsible for the healthcare needs of 40 or 50 Soldiers in a combat arms (infantry, field artillery or engineer) units. Conducted formal sick call for soldiers and spent significant time daily talking to and monitoring those Soldiers.Performed at every stage of medical treatment in a combat zones and clinical settings. Initiated medical treatment at the accident or injury location, maintained medical treatment during evacuation to healthcare facilities, and provided medical treatment in the medical facilities. Worked alongside Army PAs, or doctors under their respective jurisdiction and licensure. Administered immunizations, collected bodily fluid samples for lab analysis, obtained vitals and initial information from patients/casualties, treated trauma patients, sutured, and served as surgical assist. Mainly worked in the absence of PA's and Doctors. While in field medical units like aid stations, forward surgical teams, and the Triage/EMT (ER) section of a CSH, provided almost all of the medical treatment. Worked as the senior enlisted person in a clinical setting, as well as the Acting Platoon Sergeant of a medical platoon in field units. Performed daily, monthly, and annual training for soldiers to better help them in assisting with the treatment of fellow wounded or injured soldiers.RNG
Satellite Program Operator / Weather Reporter at USA Radio Nework1992 - 1993 | Dallas, Texas
Manage all satellite feeds to the thousands of affiliate stations around the world. Primary duty was to make sure newscast and programming personnel were on-time and ready to broadcast live when we hit the time marks where stations expected their feeds.
President / Senior Meteorologist at Storm Spotter LiveFebruary 2004 - Present
Direct day to day meteorological operations, budgeting, billing, advertising, client relations, broadcast services, and new product development. John specialized in climatology, severe, tropical, aviation, and meso-scale meteorology. Further expertise includes broadcast meteorology, transportation route forecasting, energy weather, marine and coastal weather, winter storms, hurricanes, hail, tornadoes, and flood forecasting. Highly regarded in areas including Doppler radar signature analysis, tornado forecasting, hail forecasting, straight line wind event forecasting, fog and visibility forecasting, and the effect of weather and climate on business and governmental activities. Further areas include numerical weather prediction, remote sensing analysis, as well as drought and flood forecasting. Continuing to develop new numerical weather prediction algorithms in conjunction with the WRF model to better forecast significant severe weather events at greater detail with longer forecast lead-time. Direct day to day meteorological operations, budgeting, billing, advertising, client relations, broadcast services, and new product development.
Project Director at The Storm Spotter ProjectAugust 2012
I get the privilege to work on a new "real-time" severe weather alerting project like nothing that has ever been seen before. This project will allow for the warning of significant severe weather threats to the entire public as they happen and often before a warning can even be issued.
President at Texans For Government TransparencyMay 2013
Board President, Texans for Government Transparency is a non-profit, non-partisan, human rights organization focused on bringing transparency and accountability to government, while protecting the privacy and civil rights of the citizens of Texas.
John Basham's Education:
United States Army Medical Center & School2003 – 2003Combat MedicConcentration: Emergency Medicine
Wharton College2000 – 2000Criminal Justice - Peace OfficerConcentration: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Castleberry High School
University Corporation for Atmospheric ResearchHydrometeorlogical TechnitionConcentration: Geosciences / Meteorology
John Basham's Interests & Activities:
Family, Meteorology, Storm Chasing, Computer Programming, Ham Radio (N5TWO), Spending time at the Lake, Politics, and Entrepreneurship.