Live, Local, and Commercial-Free

Listen now at 88.1FM in Ithaca, 91.9FM in Watkins Glen, or online at

Now Playing

Reload page to refresh.

Archive Player

Station News and Events

Here are the latest announcements and opportunities to get involved in WRFI, follow along with us on this journey of serving Ithaca and Watkins Glen with community radio. We love hearing from you! Contact us anytime. 

Speaking of Migration: Voices of Central American Immigrants

By Felix Teitelbaum

Starting April 6, tune in every other Wednesday at 2pm for “Speaking of Migration.” The program will bring you the voices of Central American immigrants and migrants, their stories, perspectives, and a visions for a more just immigration system and world. Transnational political and economic forces have depleted rural Salvadoran communities, driving Salvadorans to flee…

Read More

2022 WRFI Candidate Interviews AUDIO, TRANSCRIPTIONS

By Corinne Shanahan

New York’s redistricting process remains unresolved. But you can still tune in for WRFI’s live interviews with candidates in the primaries for what may be New York’s 22nd US Congressional District and the 53rd NYS Senate District Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm. Hosted by Fred Balfour and George Christopher. Interview Schedule Expand The interviews…

Read More

WRFI and Ithaca Voice to jointly cover Good-Cause evictions in March 29th Community Conversation call-in show

By Corinne Shanahan

As part of our ongoing efforts to engage the community in important local issues, WRFI and the Ithaca voice are working together to provide coverage on recent Good-Cause evictions legislation and the surrounding conversation. Should laws be passed to establish a tenant’s right to an automatic lease renewal? Good-cause eviction laws are being considered at…

Read More

Latest from the WRFI News Team

Daily features and interviews from our community

May 20th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 20, 2022

Yesterday, the results of the Ithaca City School district election were certified by the Board of Education. 4 Board members were elected: incumbents Erin Croyle and Eldred Harris and newcomers Karen Yearwood and Jill Tripp. Board President, Robert Ainslie, who’s been on the board since 2007, was the only incumbent seeking re-election who failed to…

Read More

May 19th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 19, 2022

On Tuesday, the Ithaca City School district election came with some confusion. According to the Ithaca Voice, some voters were confused by the layout of the Board of Education’s webpage. The webpage listed polling locations for the school district vote along with other locations where those voters would typically vote in a General election. Some…

Read More

May 18th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 18, 2022

Special Master Jonathan Cervas has released a draft of New York State’s new state senate map. The draft would place Ithaca into the 52nd State Senate district along with Binghamton and Cortland. The district is similar to the now invalid 53rd district Ithaca was placed in originally. The district would be heavily Democratic. Joe Biden…

Read More

May 17th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 17, 2022

Yesterday, “Special Master” Jonathan Cervas released a draft of the State’s new congressional districts. The map would create 21 districts where  President Biden won the popular vote in 2020, and 5 where former President Trump did. According to Politico the map is expected to be finalized by this Friday. The originally proposed map would have…

Read More

May 16th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 16, 2022

Tompkins County Public Health Director and Mental Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa is warning of fentanyl in street drugs. According to the Ithaca Voice, Kruppa said Fentanyl is “in all street drugs”  including marijuana and that users should “assume” the drug’s presence. Fentanyl is about 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine…

Read More

May 13th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 13, 2022

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is launching an unarmed response pilot program as part of the county’s reimagining public safety plan. The program will use unarmed sheriff’s clerks to respond to certain non-emergency calls.. The sheriff’s office says the program will free up time for deputies to respond to emergency calls, conduct investigations, and build…

Read More