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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. 

“Rejoice the Vote” Announces Art Contest Winners

By Felix Teitelbaum

Votes have been cast but the results of the 2020 elections still being challenged. We’re ready, though, to congratulate some real winners: the winners of the Rejoice the Vote art contest: Zoriana, Yi Nan, and Charlie Sue. This contest challenged young artists to create work that inspires people, especially young people, and reminds them that…

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WRFI News Reboots After Seven Years – Submit Your Feedback

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since its inception, WRFI News has overwhelmingly been an effort by scores of dedicated volunteers, and since 2017, the team has been lead by a series of part-time News Directors. In addition to the bedrock of local reporting the team has provided, the department has won awards and sent members on to further their careers…

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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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We're really feeling the love! Thanks to your help, we reached our goal and raised over $17,000 during December!  Together we're ready to take on the challenges of 2021!

Of course, it's never too late to give, head over to our donation page anytime.

Thank you, again.

2021-THANKS

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COVID-19 Update with Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director

By Jimmy Jordan | June 11, 2021

Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director Tompkins County is seeing no to low new COVID cases. Numbers haven’t looked like this since August 2020. So, where are we with the pandemic right now? It seems good, like we’re reaching a light at the end of a tunnel, as if that comparison isn’t used enough.…

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2021 Izzy Award Winner: Tim Schwab

By WRFI News Staff | June 11, 2021

One of the largest figures in the American economy and culture, Bill Gates, has only improved his reputation throughout the pandemic.  Gates. and the Gates Foundation, are a point of leadership throughout this global health crisis. Although, Tim Schwab’s reporting paints a picture that is not so singularly benevolent. Schwab is a recipient of the…

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National Week of Conversation Kicks Off Saturday

By WRFI News Staff | June 11, 2021

According to a Public Agenda/USA Today survey, 79% of Americans believe that making more opportunities to talk with people who have different views would be an effective way to reduce divisiveness. (Adobe Stock) NEW YORK — The inaugural “America Talks” event begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday, as part of an effort to heal social…

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TCAT Changing it’s Routes, Hosting Focus Groups

By WRFI News Staff | June 9, 2021

Focus groups are either divided among all or different types of ridership: Wed., June 9 – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Urban ridership Thurs., June 10 – 5:30 p.m.  to 7 p.m.: Rural ridership Sat., June 12 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: All ridership Mon., June 14 – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Campus…

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As State Legislative Session Nears End, Cuomo Proposes Legislation to Waive Taxes on Grants From $800 Million Pandemic Small Business Recovery Program

By WRFI News Staff | June 9, 2021

Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo proposed legislation to waive taxes from money given through the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. The Program was passed in the state budget in April. It includes $800 million dollars to be given in direct grants to small business, micro business, and for-profit…

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Forum Features Primary Candidates for Ithaca Common Council’s 1st and 5th Wards

By WRFI News Staff | June 8, 2021

On Monday, a partial forum was held for candidates running for Ithaca’s Common Council in its 1st and 5th wards. The event was hosted by the City of Ithaca Democratic Committee and the Tompkins County Democratic Committee. The forum functioned in a round-table style Q&A. Candidates spoke to nine questions asked by Democratic Committee Moderator,…

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