Advisory Council Spotlight- Jim Spencer

Jim joined KXAN in 1990, becoming the first weathercaster on Austin’s first hour-long morning newscast, News 36 Firstcast. In 1993, he became chief weathercaster, taking over the evening broadcasts, and is now in his 25th year of forecasting weather on KXAN.scaled_Jim_Spencer_0408

Jim grew up in Lindsay, Oklahoma, in the heart of tornado alley, to which he credits his life-long fascination with weather.

Jim has received national recognition for his work. He is a past recipient of the National Weather Association’s Weathercaster of the Year award. Jim is also a five-time winner of the Texas Associated Press Best Weathercast award, and has been voted Austin’s Best Weathercaster by readers of Austin Chronicle for 16 years. He has been named TV Personality of the Year by Austin’s American Women in Radio and Television Chapter four times.

Jim has a long history of involvement in community and charitable organizations. He is on the board of directors of Service Dogs, Inc. Jim co-hosted the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 19 years. He has been a mentor in Austin’s Communities in Schools program and was named Langford Elementary School’s Mentor of the Year. He serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Helping Hand Home for Children, where he has also served as a “buddy” to abused and neglected children served by the Home. Jim has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children of Travis County. He represents KXAN in the station’s longtime partnership with Family Eldercare’s summer fan drive. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the Travis County Coming of Age program (formerly the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), and worked with the ARC of the Capital Area, an organization dedicated to helping area residents with developmental disabilities. Each year he teaches hundreds of area school children about severe weather safety.

Jim does have interests other than weather. He’s crazy about his nieces and nephews, Falicia, Krysta, Zach, Zak, Kandis, Joaquin, a.k.a. Broc, Jaxson, Braelyn, and Zoe.

Football officiating is another of Jim’s passions. As a line judge and head linesman he has officiated high school football for 31 years. He is a member of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. He has officiated NAIA and NCAA Division 2 and 3 college football games. His favorite officiating experiences include his state semi-final and state championship assignments, and playoff games in the Astrodome, Alamodome and Texas Stadium. He has been a member of the chain crew for Big 12 Conference officials during UT home football games, and has officiated scrimmages for the University of Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.

His professional affiliations include the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society.