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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. 

“Steppin’ Into My Shoes” Radio Play with the Civic Ensemble – September 11, 18, and 25, 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

The in-person listening party and talkback at the Cherry ArtSpace was on September 25 and it was a beautful experience. Based on the oral history interviews that members conducted in Fall 2020, the play was produced  exploring themes of family, harm reduction, and hopes and dreams of those who have experienced incarceration. Aiming to disrupt…

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Thanks For Your Feedback! WRFI Newscasts Win Award

By Felix Teitelbaum

Thank you so much to everyone who filled out our listener survey! Since January 25, 2021 we’ve been focusing on bringing you headline newscasts throughout each weekday and we must be doing something right because we won the 2021 regional award for Best Newscast from the New York State Broadcasters Association!  We heard from dozens…

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COVID and Vaccine Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, January 6, 4-5pm

By Felix Teitelbaum

Join Tompkins County Officials and Cayuga Health System CEO Dr. Martin Stallone for a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall on Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00pm. The meeting will be broadcast on WRFI and streamed live to YouTube. Members of the public can submit questions for the panelists by emailing Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County Communications Director at drecckio@tompkins-co.org,…

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Daily features and interviews from our community

Active COVID Cases Reach New Heights, Hospitalizations Remain Low

By WRFI News Staff | September 2, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY – There are 428 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins County, burying the previous all time high of 330 active cases on January 8th, 2021. On August 26th,  there were just 186 active cases. There have been an average of 60 new cases every day for the past week. While the rates…

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CALL-IN SHOW: “1000 Conversations,” Ithaca’s Green New Deal w/ Luis Aguirre-Torres

By WRFI News Staff | September 2, 2021

Two years ago, the City of Ithaca passed the Green New Deal resolution, promising that whatever it does to fight climate change will benefit the whole community, especially people with limited means.  As the city moves to decarbonize transportation and electricity sources and change the way it heats and cools its buildings, it’s also asking…

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Push is On for Stronger NY Retirement Savings Program to Become Law

By Michayla Savitt | September 1, 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. — A bill to bolster the New York Secure Choice Savings Program will reach Gov. Kathy Hochul’s desk in the coming months. Proponents of the measure said its approval will allow New Yorkers to save for retirement more easily. The legislation would apply to companies with at least 10 employees that don’t already provide a…

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Record for New and Active COVID Cases Broken in Tompkins Co.

By WRFI News Staff | August 31, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY – Tompkins County’s record for new cases of COVID-19 has been broken. The Health Department is reporting 130 new positive cases of COVID today, and a total of 364 active cases. The rise in cases is largely being attributed to the arrival of college students. In response to the sharp increase, Tompkins County…

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EPA Built a Lead Containment Wall at Ithaca Falls. Will it be Enough?

By WRFI News Staff | August 31, 2021

      And that was the voice of Walter Hang, talking about Ithaca Falls: a spectacular natural area, that’s contaminated with lead.  Efforts to clean up the lead have gone on for almost 20 years, and now the EPA is near completing a limestone wall to contain the pollutants. Once that wall is done,…

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Taxi Driver Robbed of Vehicle at Gun Point

By WRFI News Staff | August 30, 2021

ITHACA, NY – An Ithaca taxi driver was robbed of their vehicle on Saturday.  The Ithaca Police department reported two suspects in the robbery. The victim told police that one of the suspects pointed a rifle at them, demanding the keys to their taxi while they were sitting in the vehicle. The two suspects fled…

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