Tam and Susan's relationship with the Coast Guard dates back to 1994 when they produced the pilot for their Coast Guard television series; the first reality series about a branch of the military. Coast Guard was initially syndicated to 110 stations throughout the country and ran for three seasons from 1995 through 1998. Over 200 stories were told in the 68-episodes of the series, ranging from law enforcement cases to incredible marine mammal rescues to amazing helicopter and boat rescues from coast-to-coast. It was also distributed internationally as Sea Rescue.
With the experience of Coast Guard under their belts, Tam and Susan began their relationship with Discovery, producing six Coast Guard-related programs for them. From Coast Guard: Rescue Swimmers,which highlighted the training and history of Aviation Survival Technicians, to the recently-completed Coast Guard At War: Vietnam, which profiles the courageous activities of the Coast Guard in the Vietnam War and aired on the Military Channel.
Meet the Coast Guard Channel Team:
Susan O’Connor Fraser - Writer, Producer & Social Media Commandant - Susan and Tam founded the Coast Guard Channel back in 2007 but as stated above, this wasn’t their first tour of duty with the Coast Guard. In fact, if she were actually in the Coast Guard, she could retire this year because it’s been 25 years since they first made contact with the Motion Picture & Television Office in LA. Although she might be at the top of the organization chart, she’s not opposed to working side by side with the rest of her crew, writing and producing stories, developing web content, and editing the newsletter. She’s on duty practically 24/7, often up at 0 dark 30 to add content to our social media channels before morning colors on the east coast. Her operational plan for 2012/2013 is to unite the various Coast Guard Channel units and assets so that we can reach as many Coast Guard fans as possible on the platform of their choosing.
Tam O’Connor Fraser - Admiral of All Things Video - Tam’s love of the Coast Guard dates back to his childhood. As an adolescent, he admired the Coast Guardsmen who were patrolling off-shore and along the rivers of Vietnam. While he enlisted and reported for duty at Coast Guard Recruiting Center Alameda, a back injury seemed to dash his dreams of serving his country through the Coast Guard. Then one day, he realized we could have it all and we headed to Hollywood to talk television with the Motion Picture and Television Office. The rest is history. Shooting and editing almost every video we have on the Coast Guard Channel, you can see the passion he brings to his work. He’s logged more hours in the back of an HH65 than some pilots and was on-scene for one of the hairiest AMIO/LE cases ever captured on tape. Retire? Why when we’re having so much fun?
Regan Eymann - Captain of Everything CGC - If you looked up Semper Paratus in the dictionary, Regan would be listed there right below the USCG. The real question is...what doesn’t she do? She heads up our public affairs department, stands watch over the website, is our spokesperson whenever needed, and is in charge of logistics for the CGC Store. When the new store was deployed, that was Regan’s baby. She logs a lot of hours writing and editing our eNewsletter as well as a lot of the content on the Channel itself. She’s on the front line of the war on bad grammar, the tip of the sword so to speak, always ready to keep our fans, friends, community happy.
Jill Combs - Web Survival Technician - Jill was born ready to rescue the rest of us, whenever we need help. Need a production assistant on a shoot. You’ll find Jill. If Regan needs help on the website, Jill is there. DVD burning? Check. Graphics development? Check. Assistant editor? Check. And like all good WSTs, she also has other duties back in the shop when she’s not on a rescue…She takes care of specific areas of the site including the Reunions & Events, History and Photos pages.
Julie Easley - Yeoman Extraordinaire - Taking care of our viewers and customers is a top priority for all of us at the Coast Guard Channel and Julie does an excellent job of taking care of the business end of things. Clerical and accounting skills are her specialty but she’s also right there to support the CGC’s officer corps with anything they may need. If you call the Coast Guard Channel, she’s the one that will probably pick up the phone. She’s only on watch part time these days but in her heart she’s always ready.
Timothy O’Connor Fraser - Web Reservist - When the going gets tough, Tim gets going. He reports for duty whenever we need him and can be called up on a moment’s notice. Tim handles all of the nitty gritty and difficult web development issues that we face from time-to-time with the Channel. If Regan or Susan can’t figure it out, Tim is right there to step in and take care of any issue.
Ron Wilkins - Forum Senior Chief - Our Coast Guard Channel Community is booming and with all our new members we needed some help and that’s when Ron has stepped in and saved the day! Ron is excellent in dealing with any issue a member faces, if you need help, Ron is there and will have the answer and when he doesn’t have it, he’ll find it out. Ron is a key member of the CGC team and we are so delighted to have him aboard.