Avitus Group Hosts Holiday Parade Live Broadcast on C7 TV in Montana

Avitus Group is helping to build community through communication on Community 7 Television by sponsoring and hosting a live broadcast of the 2018 Holiday Parade in Downtown Billings November 23rd starting at 7:00 p.m.. Avitus Group is not only helping to make the parade available to those who can’t make it downtown, but it is also hosting/emceeing the play-by-play of the floats as they roll by. Santa will be co-hosting the parade the day after Thanksgiving for the live broadcast. Santa and a co-host appointed by the Downtown Billings Association can’t wait to bring the sights and the sounds of the holiday season to viewers on cable channel 7 (507 HD) as well as the online audience via live streaming. When Santa is not at the North Pole helping the elves out with building toys, you can catch him at Avitus Group working on financial matters as the company’s Senior VP of Finance.

November 23, 2018 (Friday after Thanksgiving)
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Photos with Santa & Free Cake at Velvet Cravings 

Santa and Avitus Group invite the community to come to the parade one hour early for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus starting at 6:00 p.m. at Velvet Cravings cupcake shop. We invite you to enjoy some holiday cake on us as well! Bring your cell phones for photos.

Theme: Peace on Earth 

Downtown Billings Alliance
November 23, 2018
7:00 p.m. – Parade begins in Downtown Billings, Montana

Community 7 Television invites the community to stroll by the live broadcast set located directly across from the Alberta Bair Theater in Downtown Billings. Production and master control operations can also be viewed through the windows of the G & G Advertising building. Community 7 TV thanks G & G Advertising for the continued use of their building in order to host the parade, which has been an annual tradition for many years.

Community Seven Television Features New TV Series – Candidate Community Connection

Community Seven Television is hosting a new series of shows called Candidate Community Connection.  Each 30-minute segment takes an in-depth look at the different City Council Candidates and Mayoral Candidates. The interviews, conducted by guest hosts Ben McKee and Forest Westwood, focus on getting to know each candidate a little better and what issues are important to them.

Community Seven has conducted over 15 interviews so far and is airing the shows on Charter cable channels 7, 189 and 507.  Look for a different interview on Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Thursdays at 7:00am and Saturdays at 2:30pm.  The interviews are also being streamed on Community Seven’s website at:  www.comm7tv.com.  All episodes have been archived and are available for video-on-demand at the stations website, so you can watch when it’s convenient for you!

Community Seven is Billings’ only Public, Education and Government Access channel. For more information, contact us at 281-5077 or by email at: comm7tv@comm7tv.com


Community Seven Television attends NAB, Moves Forward to Update the Station’s Video Server and new State-of-the-Art NAS Storage System.

Technology in the television industry is changing faster than ever before.  Every year, Las Vegas is host to the National Association of Broadcaster’s NAB Show to showcase the newest innovations by technology companies from all over the globe.  NAB boasts it is the third largest convention held each year in the Las Vegas Convention Center with over 103,000 attendees this year alone.  In April, Community Seven Television’s General Manager, Tim Harrington was on the show floor looking for ways to improve the station’s operations and to keep up to date on where the industry is headed.

Trying to make sense of all the video formats that are available today is a daunting task and a very important piece of delivering content that is provided to the station by numerous producers in various formats.
“Our operation differs from a news station because most of our content is provided by local producers who don’t have access to high end broadcast editing equipment, so getting their programs to air can be quite challenging at times. It’s also labor intensive and time consuming for Community Seven’s small staff, eating up time that could be used for supporting more programs and producers,” says Harrington.  “After test driving various video servers and automation systems over the past year, we just couldn’t find the perfect fit for our operation so we went back to the drawing board.”
With his sights set on finding something different that would give the station an improved work flow with the flexibility it needed, Harrington was focused on discovering a better solution.  “NAB is the perfect place to have every vendor in the television industry under one roof so I can make a first hand comparison to what each company has to offer,” said Tim.  And this year didn’t disappoint, after careful consideration, Community Seven is moving forward with a new video server platform from a company based in Vienna, Austria called Tools on Air.  The station’s new on air server and automation system will include a NAS storage system designed to increase productivity and decrease the burden on staff spending countless hours on file transferring.  Community Seven will make the conversion during May and will be fully operational on the new system sometime in June of this year.

For more information, you can visit Community Seven’s website at:  www.comm7tv.com

Billings’ Community7 Television part of Award-winning History Series

Billings’ Community7 Television is proud to have participated in the production of the Montana history documentary series In the Crucible of Change.  Several of the 43 one-hour episodes were shot in Community7 Television’s studio in Billings.  The series has been telecast over the last year on Community 7 in Billings, MCAT in Missoula, Helena Civic Television, and statewide across Montana on TVMT public affairs network, which includes Charter and other cable channels in over 60 communities and Montana PBS over-the-air digital broadcast channels in the state’s urban areas.


In the Crucible of Change is a remarkable achievement, focusing on the dramatic period of progressive change in the state between 1965 and 1980.  The Board of Trustees of the Montana Historical Society (MHS) has honored series Executive Producer, writer and host Evan Barrett of Highlands College and Montana Tech with its highest recognition, the Montana Heritage Guardian award, for his outstanding contribution to Montana history and heritage.  The award will be presented at the 43rd Annual MHS Montana History Conference Sept. 22 through 24 in Hamilton.


The Crucible project was supported by Montana Tech and Highlands College, and received grants from Humanities Montana, the Montana History Foundation, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Lee & Donna Metcalf Charitable Trust.  Evan Barrett’s personal political and governmental experience during the period gave him unique access to key historical participants and armed him with the questions that needed to be asked.  In the Crucible of Change features in-depth discussions with more than 75 of the period’s history makers, including former members of the 1972 Constitutional Convention, office-holders, politicians, reporters and judges.  Those from Billings participating in the series included former Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dolores Colburg, long time State Representative Harrison Fagg, former State representative and State Senator Tom Towe, and former Speaker of the House James Lucas, who moved to Billings from Miles City before participating in the series.


In addition to being able to view the series on the Cable channels mentioned, the series can be streamed to computers and devices from www.crucibleofchange.com.

Eide Bailly and Stockman Bank Sponsor TV Shows with Community 7 Television to help Build Community Through Communication

New Sponsorships Feature Two TV Shows Per Month Titled “Your Schools” and “Your City”

Community 7 Television announces new sponsorships with Eide Bailly and Stockman Bank that will continue the television shows, “Your Schools” and “Your City” which aim to give taxpayers in-depth information about how their tax dollars are being spent.  These programs are available to the public on Charter cable channel 7 and on the Community 7 website by clicking on “watch live” or the Vimeo logo.

News Talk 730 AM has also joined forces with Community 7 Television and is the stations exclusive radio media partner.  Scott Fredricks broadcasts a live preview segment the second Wednesday of each month at 7:35 a.m.

Community 7 Television is Billings’ only public, education and government access channel. Community 7’s mission is to provide local media access to the diverse population of the community. The result is a wide variety of programming that showcases Billings, ranging from education and government news to the arts, local organizations and individuals.

Community Seven Television Announces New Board of Directors


Tim Harrington

Community Seven General Manager



Community Seven Announces New Board of Directors

Community Seven, Billings only public, education and government access channel, recently announced the names of the new Board of Directors beginning fiscal year 2015.

The officers are Board Chair Robbie Carpenter, Executive Director at Our Montana; Vice Chair Mark Huller, Chief Engineer at KTVQ; Secretary/ Treasurer Jim Corson, retired Field Representative for Senator Max Baucus.

Additional directors are Oscar Heinrich, Community liaison and volunteer; Dianne Parker, Public Relations Manager at Avitus Group; and Tom Yakel, Building Maintenance at the Lincoln Center.

Ex officio members include Mayor Tom Hanel and County Commissioner, Bill Kennedy.

Outgoing board members are Kevin Dowling, Communications Director, Western Organization of Resource Councils and Major Dan Miller, Radio Personality.

Community Seven’s latest creation, “City Streets and Country Roads” aims to build community through a new television and online program which highlights the reasons people live, visit and work in Yellowstone County, Montana.   Each month, the 30 minute program takes a look at one of six key industries:  business/ retail, oil and gas, hospitals, tourism, non-profit and arts and culture.  The show concept revolves around connecting deep rural roots in the Yellowstone Valley to vibrant life in Montana’s urban hub, Billings.  The program airs the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and has additional air time.  For additional air times, check the Community Seven Website at comm7tv.com.