Brandon began his weather career with KY3 in 1996, a couple of months before he graduated from Evangel University. His first role was weekend weather, and tornado warnings were issued six out of the first nine weekends on the job. In 2000 legendary Ozarks weathercaster Tom Dye retired; Ron Hearst moved from morning weather to nights and Brandon moved from weekends to mornings. At that time Ozarks Today was just 30 minutes long, from 6:30 to 7:00 a.m. Over the years the show has expanded several times and is now from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. A typical morning begins around 2:30 a.m. for Brandon, depending on the weather. With impending winter storms he might arrive at work as early as 1:30 a.m.
Brandon holds a degree in broadcasting from Evangel, and a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He also holds the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. He has received several awards over the years, including “best meteorologist” from 417 Magazine and the Springfield News-Leader for nine straight years.