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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. 

Interview with Matt Kadane (New Year / Bedhead) [AUDIO]

By Domenic Gagliano

Matt Kadane stopped by the WRFI Community Radio studios to discuss his work in Bedhead, The New Year and other projects with selections played highlighting his long career in music. The New Year’s latest record “Snow” came out in 2017. (interview edited for rebroadcast, original airdate 11/11/18) Many thanks to Matt, and for all the…

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YOUR DONATION MATCHED WED & THURS, Special Free Pile, Live Music, SOA Watch

By Felix

There are only three days left in our once-a-year marathon fund drive. And there’s never been a better time to give: All donations to the station on Wednesday (11/14) and Thursday (11/5) will be matched by an anonymous donor! More than ever, local and independent media must be protected. Working together, we can continue to amplify…

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Photo credit: Jacob Mroczek. Photo description: Tiffany Chai, a Cornell PhD student and mental health columnist for the Ithaca Voice, shares her perspective at a media training about reporting on suicide responsibly that took place on Oct. 15 at the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca.

Letter from the Editors: Announcing ‘The Loneliness Project’

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Loneliness Project: a multimedia collaboration between WRFI, The Ithaca Voice, The Cornell Daily Sun, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. In a series of long-form online articles, audio pieces, videos, and infographics, we will take a careful look at loneliness and its impact on mental…

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Managers of the Bolton Point Municipal Water System Discuss the Water Supply Emergency Plan [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | December 18, 2018

Steve Riddle and Glenn Ratajczak, General Manager and Production Manager, respectively, of the Bolton Point Municpal Water System, discuss the facility’s water supply emergency plan. They talk about some of the possible risks to the water supply, such as harmful algal blooms, and how the facility would deal with a water emergency. This interview aired…

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An example of the student's art, one of her key coping strategies. Photo credit: Courtesy

The Loneliness Project, Ep. 4: College student who immigrated to U.S. as child shares mental health barriers [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | December 14, 2018

Welcome to the fourth and final episode of The Loneliness Project, an audio production of WRFI and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. Throughout the series, we have highlighted the perspectives of students, mental health activists, college administrators, and public safety officers. But, mental illness and loneliness? For many, they don’t begin in college. Not even close. In this…

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What’s Happening with the Asbestos at the Old Library? [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | December 13, 2018

Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, explains how the city’s condemnation of the old library in Ithaca is allowing the building to be razed before the asbestos is removed. Hang contends the demolition is likely a threat to public health. This interview with WRFI’s Lori Sonken aired on December 12, 2018.

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Armistice Day 1918: NY’s Southern Tier Aircraft Industry Massive Layoffs

By WRFI News Staff | December 5, 2018

In World War 1, New York’s southern tier was a significant aircraft supplier to the U.S., England, France, Russia and Italy. Glenn Curtiss Industries and Ithaca’s Thomas-Morse produced over 10,000 airplanes in the four years of the war. Armistice Day in November 1918 brought immediate contract cancelations and over 1,500 local jobs were pink-slipped that…

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The Armistice in 1918, as told by people in Ithaca and Tompkins county and in the trenches of Europe’s western Front. (Audio)

By WRFI News Staff | December 4, 2018

In midsummer, 1914, World War 1 started. The war resulted in the deaths of 9 million military and 7 million civilians and the wounding of 20 million more. Four years later, on November 11, 1918, the fighting stopped on all fronts as the great powers signed the armistice. The program you’re about to hear covers…

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The Be the One Summit: Every Person Needs a Safe, Stable Nurturing Relationship [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | December 3, 2018

Jadyn McCune, the Program Director of Possibilities and Lighthouse Programs at Racker, formerly known as the Franziska Racker Centers, talks about the Be the One Project, and ways that individuals can “Be the One” for another person. The Be the One Summit will take place on Monday, December 10th, 2018. Racker is just one of…

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