Submissions are now being accepted for the National Student Production Awards. The deadline is midnight on Friday, May 13.

Information is now available for sponsors and exhibitors.

For more info about joining CBI, visit the join CBI web page.

To contact us about participating in the 2016 NSEMC, visit the contact page.

We be posting soon the 2016 call for entries for the National Student Production Awards, as well as the annual Joel Willer award. We’ll also be posting information on how you can submit sessions to the convention.

Follow our Twitter @askcbi and our Facebook for more updates as they are released, and check out last year’s 2015 conference site from Minneapolis Oct. 22-24.

By | March 25th, 2016|CBI News, Conferences|0 Comments

Board Blog: How to handle station swag


Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

Jamie Lynn Gilbert, CBI Secretary

College radio stations, as well as some college television stations, are known for their swag. From artistic T-shirts to coffee mugs to DIY zines and dubbed cassette mixtapes, stations have a lot to offer their audience merchandise-wise. If done correctly, merch can also be a big revenue generator. If done incorrectly, it can be a major headache for all involved. Here are some tips to start or augment a merch department, along with a guide for how to run a merch table at an event.

Decide what to offer

T-shirts are an easy first choice. They can be relatively cheap to produce and have a high markup value. The standard logo on a white or colored shirt will work, but don’t be afraid to mix it up. If you don’t have graphic designers or artists on staff, consider holding a contest for design submissions. Fans will be jazzed to see their work represented and you can offer free T-shirts as compensation. Be sure to have the creator sign a release form for the work.


Remember not everything has to be a Hanes Beefy Tee! If your audience is more into American Apparel then go with a higher quality brand. Yes, it will cost more but you can also charge a higher price for it. Long sleeved shirts, hoodies and tank tops might also have appeal.

When you are ready to expand beyond T-shirts, there are countless options to consider: hats, earplugs, sunglasses, insulated lunch bags, water bottles, you name it. Because it would not be a board blog without a shameless plug, come to CBI’s National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 20-22 in Philadelphia (registration is now open!) and check out our moderately famous “Swag Swap” and social where radio, video and multimedia operations from across the country display their best stuff.

Buy a cash box and a receipt book


If you are going to sell station merchandise, you need to keep track of that cash! Buy a cash box and, if possible, keep it stocked with 50, $1 bills. There is nothing worse than having to turn paying customers away because they only have a $20 and you don’t have any change. The cash should not be used for anything else and every time you make a deposit, leave the $50 in the box. You will also need a receipt book. This is primarily for your internal recordkeeping, but sometimes a customer will request a receipt so it helps to have a book with carbonless copies. I personally recommend the Adams brand SC1182 money/rent receipt book. Teach everyone working the merch table how much detail you need on each receipt.

Make a price list

Stickers, buttons, key chains, pens and other swag bought in bulk are typically giveaway items. A good rule is if something cost you more than $2, you should probably sell it to recoup some of the costs. Once you decide what items you are selling and for how much, WRITE IT DOWN! A number of staff might handle your merch sales and you cannot expect them to remember prices. Printed price lists also help cut down on confusion at concerts or other events where talking can be difficult. If you allow staff to purchase some merchandise at a reduced price, write that down too.

Count everything – twice


If you are selling merch at an event, count exactly how many sellable items you are taking. If you have T-shirts, write down how many you have of each size. At the end of the event, count everything again. If you sold two small T-shirts and three mediums for $10 each, that means you should have an extra $50 in your cash box. Having reliable pre- and post-event numbers will save you a great deal of frustration if your merch workers skipped any receipts or didn’t write the size of the T-shirt sold. This will also help you keep accurate count of exactly how much you sold to report as taxable income to your University accounting office.

By | May 4th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


UIC Radio: Making Waves

“What makes UIC Radio unique from a lot of other college radio stations is that they use diversity to really emphasize what their mission is and how they’re different from everybody else,” said Rhonda Laylo, the station’s general manager and advisor. “But that uniqueness also makes them stronger.”

Read more from

Campus View: Summertime Blues

When I was a student staff member at WNUR(FM) at Northwestern University in Chicago, I never gave any thought to what they did over the summer. I went home and, in those pre-internet days, I couldn’t listen or do a show remotely even if I wanted to. The station just magically seemed to reappear when I returned to campus in September.

Of course, it’s not that simple.

Read more from RadioWorld.

 College board approves budget, changes funding model for KSJE

The college radio station KSJE will remain open but will change its business model to a listener-supported style under which the staff will need to raise about $150,000 annually to operate. A change to college policy allows the radio station to hold on-air fundraising drives to solicit donations, KSJE General Manager Scott Michlin said.

“We’re hoping that the community will support what we do and support us financially,” Michlin said.

Read more from the Farmington Daily Times.

Plus, the latest Radio Survivor podcast.

The latest from CBI

Registration is open for the 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention, Oct. 20-22 in Philadelphia.

The annual National Student Production Awards are accepting entries in audio, video and combined categories. Entries must be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

Submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Nominations are being accepted for the Joel Willer Award, presented in recognition for exceptional dedication and service to student electronic media. For more information, visit the Willer award page.


By | May 3rd, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


College radio stations pay tribute to Prince

I was as shocked as everyone else yesterday when I glanced up at a TV screen at my local diner and saw the breaking news that Prince has died. I voiced my disbelief and soon there was a chorus of commentary from my fellow restaurant patrons. Wasn’t Prince just in town performing? Was he really only 57 years old?

Read more from Radio Survivor.

KJHK celebrates 40 years with events, documentary

Join us and take a look at how your sound alternative has changed in the 40 years since its humble beginnings in 1975. From the humble beginnings in The Shack to its fresh location in the Union, KJHK has played an important role in many different lives.

See the documentary here.

WFRD to host weekend anniversary celebration

On Saturday, April 30, Dartmouth University will host a series of free public talks in celebration of both the 75th anniversary of regular student broadcasting on campus and the 40th anniversary of the launch of WFRD. The panel discussions will feature numerous industry professionals, many of whom are alumni of the station.

More information and a complete schedule may be found at at

KFJC’s 36th Month of Mayhem to feature more than 40 specials and Battle of the Surf Bands #7

Award-winning, student and volunteer-run Foothill College radio station KFJC 89. 7 FM is launching its 36th annual “Month of Mayhem” on May 1, 2016. This annual KFJC tradition features a month of special programming produced by KFJC DJs on a variety of topics. This year’s schedule includes at least 40 specials so far, with more being added every day up until the end of May. In 2015, there were 60 Mayhem specials, with at least one special a day throughout the month of May.

For more information, visit KFJC’s Mayhem Calendar.

KSYM’s to celebrate 50th anniversary with bands, more
KSYM is planning a party for Saturday April 30 at a beautifully restored downtown theatre, the Charlene McCombs Empire Theatre, part of the Majestic Theater complex in San Antonio.
 Visit the station event Facebook page for more information.
WTBU makes plans to rebuild
“The response has been unbelievable,” says Donohue (COM’88), a COM associate professor of journalism. “We have had calls from alums offering to paint, clean, do anything they can to help rebuild. One guy made a $1,600 donation, and then apologized, saying it was too small, but he had been out of work for 10 months. It’s been very gratifying.”
Read more from BU Today.
WUML: Making Waves

It is no secret that UMass Lowell  is teeming with clubs and organizations that appeal to almost any interest students may have. WUML, UML’s radio station, is such an organization. However, despite the dedication and commitment of staff and interns, not everyone on campus is aware that UML has a radio station.

Read more from The Connector.

Deans of Radio: Student Broadcasters at WFNM

“I’m not the Dean of Radio,” jokes Dan Lewis, faculty advisor to the WFNM radio show, “that job belongs to the students.”

Even well before arriving at Franklin & Marshall College in 1984, Lewis has been an avid follower of the College’s student-run radio network, one that has remained exclusively under the administration of students, which is seldom found at other college radio stations.

Read more from Franklin & Marshall College.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s Podcast and LPFM Watch column.

Ballots are due tonight at midnight for CBI Elections. See candidate statements here.

And, entries are open for the CBI Student Production Awards, nominations for the Joel Willer Award and submissions for session proposals are being accepted for the 2016 National Student Electronic Media Convention Oct. 20-22 in Philadelphia.




By | April 26th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Planning the NSEMC – How you can help shape it


At most schools, this is a very busy time of year. The same is true for CBI. CBI is now accepting entries for the National Student Production Awards and entry is free with your membership. Non-members pay $65 per entry category. If you are not already a member, you can join now for only $125 per year. In addition to free entries in the awards, you receive discounts on services from Broadcasters General Store and Communication Technologies, networking opportunities, answers to your questions through phone interactions with board members, and discounted convention registration.

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

Speaking of the convention, CBI is busy planning for the 2016 National Student Media Electronic Media Convention which will be in Philadelphia this year, October 20-22 at the Sonesta Hotel. CBI is also taking session proposals. Sessions are all member generated.

How can you contribute? Do you do something well? Perhaps a fundraiser, remote broadcasts, interviews, or teach leadership? Share your success, but be sure to try to find another outlet to do the presentation with you. Why? When you bring more points of view to the presentation, the presentation is almost always more interesting for those in attendance and often you learn in the process as well.

Do you have former students working in the market? Would they be willing to speak for 50 minutes to current students about what it takes to get a job or how to succeed in media? What about professional contacts in the market?

Students often comment about how much value they thought they received from roundtable sessions as most are led by peers. Roundtables have included News Radio and Podcasting, Coverage of DII and DII Sports, Concert Planning, Covering News in a Small Town, Team Building at Small Radio Stations, Promotion and Community Service, Radio Station Managers, Sports for Radio, The Benefits of Converging College Media Outlets, Radio Production, Program Directors, Sports Directors Roundtable, Music Directors Roundtable, Radio News Roundtable, Low-Power FM Roundtable, Promoting the TV Station Roundtable, TV Sports Directors and Managers from D-II and D-III Schools Roundtable, Town/Gown Radio and TV News Director Roundtable, TV/Video Advisers Roundtable, Promotions Roundtable and many more. They happen because you make them happen. CBI needs you to propose your idea. It could be one of the above or a new one.

Roundtables do not need to be moderated by experts on the topic. The job of the moderator is to get the conversation started and to keep the conversation on topic and prevent someone from monopolizing the roundtable.

It takes a lot of work to bring all of these sessions (over 100), to the convention and we do it every year with your help. We also receive more session proposals that we accept, so make sure your session proposal is compelling and will want to make people attend your session. In your session proposal be sure to tell the attendees what they will learn (takeaways).

Session proposals can come from students, advisers, faculty/staff, media professionals, etc. Remember your session proposal should include more than one school and be diverse in other ways as well if possible. Since most sessions are 50 minutes long, this can be difficult, because CBI limits most session to three people, but do your best to be inclusive. CBI does accept proposals for double sessions (one hour and 50 minutes) where it may make sense to have more than three speakers.

CBI wants to make this the best convention yet and maintain our extremely high session approval rating and you can make that happen, have something to add to your resume, and gain additional experience with public speaking.





By | April 20th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


Brenau recognizes founder of campus radio station

“She has left indelible marks on the Brenau landscape,” said President Ed Schrader. “Those marks continue today as we celebrate the twin 40th anniversaries of our flagship radio station 89.1 WBCX and what is today our Mass Communications Department, neither of which would exist without entrepreneurial spirit, high standards of excellence and dogged determination of Clara Martin.”

Read more from Access

KSSU celebrates 25 years as Sac State’s scrappy student-run radio station

Garcia, the station’s manager, is one of 37 student DJs at KSSU, the radio station that has, despite numerous struggles to stay afloat, managed to stick around for 25 years—an accomplishment the station is celebrating April 15 with an event that’s been billed as an “alumni takeover.”

Read more from the News Review.

Vinyl revival hits the airwaves

“We’re going to play some really bad records,” Fuller said.

Michael Jackson bad, of course. To Fuller, Michael Jackson and vinyls go hand-in-hand. Fuller recalls receiving a free Michael Jackson record at the mall. When he got home, his father let him use the record player for the first time. It was a bonding moment he said he’d never forget.

Read more from The Shorthorn.

College Radio Unites at KZSC-Hosted Spring 2016 UCRN Conference

A highlight of visiting KZSC is its amazing location in the woods on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. Housed in its own cabin-like building, KZSC is an inviting college radio station (see my 2009 tour here). Surrounded by shelves full of vinyl records and CDs, the large lobby area has a living room feel with couches and KZSC pillows. An eye-catching quilt on the wall was stitched out of an array of KZSC T-shirts and swag (including a 2013 UCRN tote bag) and the familiar Leo Blais sign is perched in one corner near a KZSC guitar. Stickers, posters, and handmade signs cover every remaining bit of wall space.

Read more from Radio Survivor.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch and Podcast Episode #42.

And CBI updates

The annual National Student Production Awards are accepting entries in audio, video and combined categories. Entries must be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

Submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Nominations are being accepted for the Joel Willer Award, presented in recognition for exceptional dedication and service to student electronic media. For more information, visit the Willer award page.



By | April 19th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


CBI updates

The annual National Student Production Awards are accepting entries in audio, video and combined categories. Entries must be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

Submissions are being accepted for session proposals for the 2016 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 20-22. For more information, visit the session proposal page.

Nominations are being accepted for the Joel Willer Award, presented in recognition for exceptional dedication and service to student electronic media. For more information, visit the Willer award page.

And, polls remain open for CBI elections for President, Secretary and Treasurer. Members, check your email for the ballot link. Candidate statements are available on the website.

#SaveWTBU campaign to raise funds after COM fire

“As far as I know, equipment essential to our ability to broadcast was severely damaged,” wrote Leist, a junior in the College of Communication. “I couldn’t be more upset about how seriously our studio was impacted by the fire. Equipment and materials in our executive board lounge that weren’t burned by flames were damaged by smoke.”

Read more from the Daily Free Press. Donations to WTBU can be made online using this link and should include a note designating the gift for the WTBU Fund at Boston University.

Plus, the latest from Radio Survivor’s LPFM Watch, College Radio Watch and Podcast #41!

By | April 12th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Board Blog: Presentations aren’t the only way to do more for CBI


If you didn’t know yet, session proposal submissions for the fall CBI convention in Philadelphia are open now. Obviously, presenting at the convention is an excellent way to share information, let people know what’s been working at your school and more.

Jessica Clary, CBI IT Content Director

Jessica Clary, CBI IT Content Director

But what about those of us who feel more comfortable, in the great radio tradition, of being a little more behind-the-scenes? There are plenty of ways to get involved with CBI if session presentations aren’t for you. (I know, they’re not for me either.)

At the convention, an alternative to presenting a session are roundtable sessions. These are, as the name implies, more a time for discussion among attendees, focused on a topic, instead of a standard presentation. It’s a great way to develop an idea and get input. Previous successful roundtables have been done on developing a station code of ethics, audio for video, leadership topics and more — so there is plenty of ground to cover. Students are also welcome, and encouraged, to submit and moderate student-only roundtables, too.

Also at the convention, CBI needs volunteers to help with escorting groups to local media tours, session introductions, the awards presentation, the on-site cybercast, collecting session feedback and other smaller opportunities. If you’re looking to pitch in, but can’t necessarily commit to a huge amount of time, consider some of these opportunities. If you’re interested, let us know!

I decided to get more involved in CBI when I felt like schools like mine needed better representation. I’m a small satellite location (about 2,000 students) and I advise the online-only radio station, as well as the student online news site and quarterly print magazine. I’m the only full-time staff for student media, and I wanted CBI to consider the concerns many one-person-shops like mine could have, especially with so many conventions and organizations each vying for my time, my students and my department’s money. If you’re concerned CBI isn’t representing your concerns, the best way to change that is to get involved yourself. Nobody can specifically represent your unique needs in this group than you can.

That said, I’m looking forward to elections this year, and I’m so glad so many people have thrown their metaphorical hats into the ring.

P.S. Entries are open online for the 2016 CBI National Student Production Awards! Please take some time over the next month with your students to select and enter their outstanding work.

By | April 6th, 2016|Board Blogs|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


CBI National Student Production Awards accepting 2016 entries

The annual National Student Production Awards are accepting entries in audio, video and combined categories. Entries must be original work by students (totally student-produced) for a campus media outlet or college credit course. All entries must be submitted online by Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Entry is free for CBI member stations.

Entry fee for non-members is $65 per entry per category, with payment to be processed online at the time of submission. Non-Members must registered with CBI in order to submit for the awards. Register with CBI by following this link.

Non-members may have the submission fee waived by becoming a CBI Member station. CBI members also receive a discount on registration for the National Student Electronic Media Convention. Non-members wishing to become members will be required to pay for membership online during the last week of the submission window. Become a CBI Member station by following this link.

TENTINDO: Without WTBU, Boston University’s heartbeat gone

A fire in the College of Communication this past Friday sent five people to the hospital for smoke inhalation, caused $500,000 worth of damage and forced WTBU to stop broadcasting. Our radio station’s role on campus is only emphasized in its absence.

As a student-run radio station, WTBU provides a platform for Terriers to showcase their skills and provide entertaining content on air. College radio, as it always has been across campuses, is an opportunity for students to give themselves a voice in a system in which their voice is frequently overlooked.

Read more from The Daily Free Press.

WNYU comes to Peet’s

And, I have to say, I’m no avid frequenter of other campus hotspots, but I guarantee you won’t be listening to us there. There has been a recurring interest, or battle, involving WNYU’s right to broadcast somewhere in NYU. Somewhere where people could reconvene and check more interesting sounds.

Read more from Verge Campus.

WMTS Radio to hold spring benefit, vinyl fair

It’s that time of the semester again — WMTS 88.3, the student-run radio station on campus, is hosting its spring benefit and vinyl fair. The spring benefit is Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at Murfreesboro’s own Mayday Brewery. For just five dollars, you can experience all of the craft beer locally made and unique to Mayday while hearing live music.

Read more from MTSU Sidelines.

And, profiles from WRSU from Rutgers University, Coog Radio at the University of Houston, and KDPS in Des Moines.

Plus, Radio Survivor’s College Radio Watch, WICB celebrates 75 years of college radio at Ithaca, WMCO celebrates “Radio Week” and the latest from the first Radio Preservation Task Force conference.


By | April 5th, 2016|Broadcasting News, CBI News, Member News|0 Comments

Student Media in the News


2016 CBI National Student Production Awards open soon

The Call for Entries is officially posted for the 2016 CBI National Student Production awards and will start accepting entries on Monday, April 4. The Awards provide a great opportunity for students to showcase their work in a nationally recognized competition, with 24 categories in audio, video and multimedia — including promos, news reporting, comedy, entertainment, sports, best DJ, station imaging, website design and more. The entry deadline is Friday, May 13. For more information, visit the Call for Entries page.

San Antonio station celebrates 50 years

KSYM is celebrating their 50 year anniversary of being on-air in San Antonio, making KSYM the oldest community college radio station in Texas. The pledge drive begins March 28 and runs through April 3 and hopes to raise funds for new equipment and computers.

For more information, visit KSYM or Fox San Antonio.

Montco Radio to hold alumni broadcast

Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) student-operated Internet radio station, Montco Radio, will host its first alumni broadcast April 16 (2016; Saturday) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will feature radio station alumni from the 1980s through today. The live shows are being produced from a studio in the Advanced Technology Center at the college central campus.

Read more from The Limerick Post.

Vice CEO Shane Smith would rather give a ’23-year-old kid straight out of school’ a TV show than someone experienced

In an interview with Marketing Week, Smith said: “We go to the tech colleges and get the best shooters and the best cutters. There could be a 23-year-old kid straight out of school and [we say to them] ‘okay, now you’re running a TV show’.”

Read more from Business Insider.

Thefts from RTVF span decade

The 15 newly discovered items were connected to the account at the pawn shop of Gerald “Larry” Quick, said Campus Police Lt. Louis Zizzo. A long-time City College employee, Quick, 62, was arrested last month and charged with the theft of four video cameras, two of which were found at the shop.

Read more from the San Diego City Times.


Plus, Radio Survivor’s LPFM Watch, College Radio Watch and new podcast episode. And, CBI’s Radio World Campus View column.


By | March 29th, 2016|About CBI, Broadcasting News, Member News|0 Comments

Guest Blog: How Promoting Sustainability Can Help Your Station

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Sonia Best-Koetting

Sonia Best-Koetting, Founder, radioBANG

Does your listening audience have an interest in sustainability? 
Does your station have a mission to serve community? 
Could it use an easy path to underwriting funds?

If even one answer is Yes … radioBANG can be of service.

Our team brings professionally produced, solutions-based news briefs about sustainability to non-commercial radio. It’s free for CBI member stations.

With the help of editorial advisers, we curate many excellent sources for the best news you probably didn’t hear, and we help ecology fans answer “What can we do?” Our headlines cover a wide variety of unsung successes, innovations and better brands.

Listen here on SoundCloud.

Our mission is two-fold: to inspire and to “preach” beyond the choir. To do this, we’ve narrowed the focus beyond policy and hand-wringing, and we’ve tightened the detail to be delivered in about two minutes. This is to make the information fast and easy for folks who wouldn’t make time to read lengthier stories on the environment, but appreciate awareness of what’s happening and where they might fit in.

Our underwriting comes from organizations that are also doing their best to lead in sustainability.

So much inspiring news about progress toward a sustainable planet happens every day, mostly unnoticed or overshadowed by sad news of huge challenges to the environment.

We hope you’ll audition our fun PSAs for your station.  A handful of stations already participate, and we need to grow the momentum to keep this passion project going. Consider episodes of radioBANG as a news report, a transitional piece, or high-quality PSAs to have in rotation.

Our Team

We’re lucky to have excellent producers. Tom Koetting and Chuck Woodford were stars in college radio and have extensive career experience in broadcast media in major markets. They, too, enjoy mission-minded work that helps the planet.

Managing Editor Sonia Koetting studied journalism at Colorado State University and has had a varied career in community newspapers and trade magazines. Along with sustainability, my passion is media reform that brings forward small-but-important voices. Most recently, I was Communications Director for the League of Women Voters of Colorado.

Adviser Bill Roth is author of The Secret Green Sauce and promotes best business practices for a healthy and green global economy. Find him at The year 2017 is when the millennial generation will become America’s most employed demographic group with the largest buying power.

Editorial Adviser Jasmine Lomax is an upcoming Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Construction Management graduate, with dual minors in City & Regional Planning, and Real Property Development. She’s a LEED Green Associate. Jasmine is a top contributor for LinkedIn sustainability groups.

Adviser Chris Kuborn brings the important perspective of a teacher of digital media at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Greenbay. He’s a fellow member of CBI!

To Participate

RadioBANG offers to make good things happen for your station. News directors are welcome to lengthen any episode by inviting faculty or students to discuss any of the ideas presented.

We also welcome news of sustainability initiatives happening on your campus.

Need funds? We welcome use of our sustainability news as a point for local underwriting.

All that’s required is a contact who will respond when we occasionally check to see how it’s going. If a participating station discontinues radioBANG, we ask to be notified. If the assigned contact moves on, we ask the courtesy of a replacement contact. There’s no pressure other than the accountability of someone responsible to know the status of radioBANG at your station.

Please consider if your team can help radioBANG Bring Awareness to a New Generation of Leaders. For inquiries, reach us here.

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By | March 25th, 2016|Guest Blog|0 Comments