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 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.
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 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.