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Press Release

July 31, 2008

Parents Television Council Establishes First Montana Chapter

Father of Five Assembles Billings Metro Chapter


LOS ANGELES (July 31, 2008) — The Parents Television Council™, a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment, announced Ray Gorham as the director of the Billings Metro Chapter.


Gorham is saddened by the depravity of today’s media.  He believes television should be a vessel for positive content and change.  “Such a valuable resource at our fingertips should be used to help better the community.  Instead, it is being exploited by those who wish to desensitize all people, including young, impressionable children.  Television can be a tremendous source of influence and I would like to see it do more good,” he said.


As the first chapter in the state of Montana, the Billings Metro Chapter will be the voice of the PTC in the community.  The chapter will respond to national and local initiatives by giving speeches in the community about PTC issues, increase awareness on the negative impact of sex and violence in the media and be a source of information on the latest news and research for parents.  Additionally, the chapter will communicate with local television affiliates and advertisers to discuss community standards and, ultimately, to promote a positive change in local television content.


Gorham has been a longtime active volunteer in his community.  After volunteering as a church missionary in Japan for two years, Gorham began to spend much of his time volunteering with the youth of his community.  He became his Church’s Youth leader and soon after, began coaching Little League soccer, baseball and flag football.  As a savvy business man, Gorham has started, developed, established, and managed several successful local businesses from the ground up.  Gorham received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and now works as a self-employed general contractor.


PTC President Tim Winter said, “Concerned citizens like Ray are stepping up every day as leaders in their respective communities.  They are fed up with an entertainment industry that just last week persuaded a panel of federal judges to rule that it was ok for CBS to show nudity during the Super Bowl.  We proudly welcome Billings, Montana, as the newest chapter and the newest state to join the PTC’s growing network of chapters.  The unified voices of local citizens create an unrelenting drumbeat on behalf of children and families everywhere, and it cannot be ignored.”


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Gavin McKiernan at (213) 403-1300 ext. 2866.



The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.




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