Community 7 Television & Avitus Group Launch New Community Television & Online Programming; "City Streets, Country Roads" Aims to Build Community Through Communication

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30 Minute Monthly Program Set to Highlight Reasons People Live, Visit and Work in the Yellowstone Valley. Show Co-hosts Dianne Parker and Shoots Veis Highlight 6 Key Industries on Show: Business/Retail, Oil & Gas, Hospitals, Tourism, Non-profit and Arts & Culture.

City Streets, Country Roads TV Program

Community 7 Television is a top notch community and media partner. Building community through communication is important. Community 7 Television aligns well with our charitable giving goals in the communities we live and work in.

Community 7 Television and community partner, Avitus Group, are set to launch new television and online programming in June, 2015. The new program is called City Streets, Country Roads and 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.

"With the popularity of online programming, our audience is expanding and always looking for new, quality programming. City Streets, Country Roads is possible because of wonderful community partners like Avitus Group that take a true interest in the communities they are part of," says Community 7 Television General Manager Tim Harrington. "The quality of this new programming is outstanding. A big thanks goes out to our talented producers and co-hosts, Dianne Parker (Journalist) and Shoots Veis (Former Billings City Council member). The new programming is the perfect way to kick-start our board goals of developing community partnerships and making the public more aware of quality programming to grow our audience."

"As a former Billings City Council Member, I've always been very community-minded. When Community 7 Television approached me about co-hosting the program, I jumped on board immediately," says Community 7 Television Host Shoots Veis. "There are so many reasons we all call the Yellowstone Valley home and I'm happy to share those reasons as well as take a deeper look at the people, places and organizations that shape our city streets and country roads each month."

"I love connecting with the community I live in and truly believe this is quality programming the public will enjoy," says Community 7 Television Host and Avitus Group Public Relations Manager Dianne Parker. "I was honored when Community 7 Television approached me about producing and co-hosting the show. Shoots and I, along with the entire team at Community 7 TV, hope the show develops a loyal following and will encourage people to check out additional programming on Community 7 Television and online."

"Community 7 Television is a top notch community and media partner. Building community through communication is important. Community 7 Television aligns well with our charitable giving goals in the communities we live and work in," says Beth Stephenson Avitus Group Marketing Manager.

New episodes of City Streets, Country Roads can be found starting in June, on the Community 7 Television Facebook Page as well as on the Community 7 Television Website by clicking on Vimeo. For live television programming information, click on schedules on Community 7 Television's website. The program airs the second Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and has additional air times. A preview of each month's program is available via Community 7 Television's exclusive radio media partner, News Talk 730 AM. Host Scott Fredricks will broadcast the live preview segment the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:35 a.m.. Community 7 Television is actively seeking additional community partners for similar quality programming. Interested organizations, should contact Community 7 Television's General Manager, Tim Harrington via the website.

Shoots Veis is a native Montanan, an engineer and actor by accident, passionate about football and politics, blessed with a fabulous family and a world traveler. He works in, for, around, cooperatively and with governments, with a particular affinity for Montana, local government and international affairs, including a 5-year term on the Billings City Council. On Friday nights he finds stress relief officiating high school football and acting at Billings Studio Theatre. He has traveled to Pakistan, Indonesia, South Africa and Europe on international fellowships to explore culture and government. He was named a top 20 Under 40 construction professional by ENR Mountain States Magazine, a Rising Star in Civil Engineering by CE News Magazine, the Outstanding Young Engineer by the Billings Engineers Club and Forty Under 40 who made a difference in Billings.

Dianne Parker is a community-minded communicator with a passion for all things creative. Dianne has been the face of CBS news for the state of Alaska, being broadcast to more than half a million viewers. She’s also been the face of CBS news in Montana, anchoring and producing the weekend broadcast, beat reporting on city government issues important to the local community and delivering live, breaking news from the scene. Her work has taken her behind the scenes producing news shows for local NBC and CBS affiliates, writing creative stories for broadcast, editing video for those stories, editing script, writing for an inspiring women’s magazine in Montana and managing a public relations team for a private company. Dianne’s journalism degree has set her up for success as an effective communicator. In addition, she has been recognized as one of Billings 40 Under Forty for professional achievements and serves as an elected board member & vice president for the Billings Advertising and Marketing Club. She also volunteers her time as part of Community 7 Television's strategic marketing team. She enjoys living in and exploring Montana with her husband Andy, their daughter Natalya and their crazy black lab Duke!

Avitus Group is a worldwide company based out of Billings, Montana. Avitus Group simplifies, strengthens and grows businesses by providing 'back office' support. Things like bookkeeping, taxes, payroll, IT, marketing and much more. When businesses use Avitus Group, all of the necessary yet burdensome functions of the business become Avitus Group's responsibility so the business can focus on what they do best. Avitus Group serves clients nationwide through regional office locations from coast to coast. The company also serves international clients through partner locations in Europe, Canada, China, England, India, Japan and Singapore.

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