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Coronavirus Update, November 30, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 30, 2020

3 residents of the Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home in Ithaca have died in the last week from complications of…

Local nonprofit Rejoice the Vote announces art contest winners

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 their vote is a powerful tool despite efforts at suppression; promotes the movement to lower the legal voting age to sixteen; and highlights youth activists (historical or contemporary) who fought and continue to fight for voting rights, especially for our youngest citizens.

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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. 

WRFI Adapts to the Pandemic

By Felix Teitelbaum

On March 15, as the New York response to the coronavirus began to take form, we shut the station to all volunteers and the public. With over 80 active volunteers and countless guests, interns, and community members coming through the station on any given day, the risk was just too high to stay fully open. …

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Radio for the Revolution – Support Your Community Station TODAY

By Felix Teitelbaum

So much has happened since I last wrote to you. But, with so many crises facing our communities and the world, WRFI has strived to rise to the occasion. From bolstering our steadfast commitment to local and independent news, to introducing our new Town Hall Meetings, to producing socially-distanced radio from our DJ living rooms,…

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WRFI Hires Assistant General Manager

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since I was hired in 2014 as WRFI’s first employee, it’s been my honor to serve the station as (more or less) it’s only administrative staff person. We’ve come a long way in that time, but there’s so much more we can become than one part-time employee can realistically manage–especially given the major undertakings before…

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2020 Swag

Our communities built WRFI. Your donation can help cement WRFI's future...plus, we'll send you some really cool stuff!

This year's Radio for the Revolution artwork was created by local artist Maryam Adib (@Smarf.Art or @Thrifted_underwear).

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Interview: Laura Rosbrow-Telem on audio storytelling and COVID-19 vaccines [AUDIO]

By Peter Champelli | December 1, 2020

On Tuesday, Public News Service Reporter Laura Rosbrow-Telem joined WRFI Community Radio News for a live interview about her recent story for WNYC’s Radiolab. The story, which is available online and on podcast platforms, was about the process of developing COVID-19 vaccines through human challenge trials. Listen to the interview below to hear the interview…

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Coronavirus Update, December 1, 2020

By Peter Champelli | December 1, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released today from the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there are 34 additional positives, and 8 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that’s 219 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. In Schuyler County, there are 3 new cases of COVID-19 reported as of…

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Coronavirus Update, November 30, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 30, 2020

3 residents of the Oak Hill Manor Nursing Home in Ithaca have died in the last week from complications of COVID-19. This comes amid a cluster of cases among 39 residents and 13 staff members at the facility. The Ithaca Voice reports that the State Department of Health is responsible for all contact tracing and…

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Interview: The Reverend Billy Talen on shopping, activism, and the end of the world

By Felix Teitelbaum | November 27, 2020

It’s black Friday, and, as the coronavirus spikes around the country, retailers closely eye holiday spending. Radical performers Reverend Billy Talen and the Church of Stop Shopping blend activism, music, and humor to trace the connections between consumerist culture, climate crisis, and the coming “shopacalypse.” “Reverend Billy Radio – Preacher for the Planet” makes it’s…

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Coronavirus Update, November 27, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 27, 2020

A second Covid-19 testing center opened today in Tompkins County.  The Ithaca Voice reports that Cayuga Health Systems is operating a sampling center at 412 North Tioga street on property owned by Tompkins County.  The hours will be 8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday. The new center will operate as a walk-up and will use…

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Area Congregations Together Hosts 2020 Virtual Thanksgiving Service

By Esther Racoosin | November 26, 2020

  On November 22, 2020, Area Congregations Together, also known as ACT, hosted a virtual Thanksgiving Service.  Suzanne Scholten, one of the organizers of the service, talks about how ACT decided on the theme for this year’s event, “Finding gratitude in hard times: What I learned from the impacts and challenges of Covid-19, economic crisis,…

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