Sat., 9:20 pm: Liberty grad leads Coast Guard in Weather Channel series


The Weather Channel chronicles the dangerous search and rescue work of the U.S. Coast Guard with reality series filmed in Florida and Alaska.

A third series focusing on the Coast Guard in the Pacific Northwest premieres tonight, and the commanding officer of the Cape Disappointment Coast Guard station is 1998 Liberty High School graduate Lt. Scott H. McGrew.

McGrew was appointed commanding officer in 2012 and had been on the job for about 6 months when he first was contacted about using the Coast Guard station located near the Oregon-Washington border as the setting for the reality series, which is made by “Today Show” meteorologist Al Roker’s production company.

In a telephone interview, he said he didn’t have any apprehensions about a crew filming there.

“I didn’t have too many concerns,” he said. “You hope the crew adapts to having them on board. You want it to be a comfortable relationship … How is this group of guys coming to film, how will they mesh with the crew?”

Filming started in April 2013, and a camera crew still is at the station collecting footage for the 13 episodes, which will air at 10 p.m. Sundays on the Weather Channel.

Read more from McGrew and about “Coast Guard Cape Disappointment” in the Sunday Tribune Chronicle.