Coast Guard Channel Announces 2008 Programming

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – The niche internet television network, the Coast Guard Channel, which initially launched in February, announced its line-up for the first half of 2008. Channel Founder, Tam O’Connor Fraser noted, “The line-up includes new series plus returning favorites. We’re encouraged by the overwhelming viewer feedback to all of our programming. They’re extremely devoted and vocal about their enthusiasm. We’re confident they’ll be excited about what we’re doing in 2008.” Among the new series announced for launch in January:

  • Coast Guard Moments — Focusing on a specific important date in Coast Guard history, detailing the dramatic events of the day and the people involved.
  • Boat Smart with Tom Rau — Retired Senior Chief Tom Rau brings his experience to report on amazing rescues at sea and what made the difference between life and death.
  • Coast Guard Innovation — Exciting new and innovative products being deployed across the Coast Guard.
  • Who’s Your Doggy? — A series profiling Coast Guard mascots. The pilot episode debuted in November.

Also, launching this spring:

  • The D.O.G. — A series about the Coast Guard’s new Deployable Operations Group.

The ‘returning favorites’ include “Cutters on Patrol”, “Medical Emergencies at Sea”, “Get to Know a Station”, and “On-Location with Scott Morris”. The network will also continue to produce its weekly news program, the only newscast entirely focused on Coast Guard-related news. “We also have fascinating new features on tap for 2008,” adds Co-Founder Susan O’Connor Fraser. “For example, we’re working on stories about the new CASA aircraft and the National Security Cutter. These are compelling packages related to the future of the Coast Guard — something our Viewers are very interested in.”

In addition to video content, the Channel features photos, trivia, artists, authors, and viewer content.

Tam Communications, the company behind the Coast Guard Channel, the first Internet television network based on a branch of the military, have spent most of 2007 building content, relationships, and audience. Its 2008 strategy calls for new production and a strong marketing push to reach new viewers. According to Regan Eymann who heads marketing, “We needed the foundation to give people a reason to first come and then return to the Channel. We now have that foundation so 2008 is all about growth.”

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