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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,…

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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.


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Marist Poll: Majority of New Yorkers Think Cuomo Should Resign

By Michael Memis | August 5, 2021

    TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — A majority of New Yorkers think Governor Cuomo should resign. That’s according to an overnight poll from the Marist Institute For Public Opinion.  An investigative report released by state Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday found that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, and that his Executive Chamber had fostered…

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Federal Extension on Eviction Moratorium Includes Tompkins County

By Michael Memis | August 5, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — The CDC has issued a new order temporarily halting evictions in counties with a substantial or high level of COVID-19 transmission. The moratorium order will last until October 3rd and includes Tompkins County, as well as nearby Seneca, Chenango, and Onondaga Counties. The country wide moratorium would have expired on July…

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Spike in Cases Continues, Tompkins County Health Department Announces Virtual COVID-19 Update

By Jimmy Jordan | August 4, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — In response to a jump in COVID cases, the Tompkins County Health Department is hosting a virtual COVID-19 update on Thursday, August 5th. The Health Department reported 20 new positive cases of the COVID-19 in Tompkins County for Wednesday, August 4th, and a total of 86 active cases. The 7-day average…

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Investigation finds that Cuomo Sexually Harassed Women

By Esther Racoosin | August 3, 2021

ITHACA, NY — Independent investigators have found that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women from 2013 to November 2020.  The women were former and current state employees. New York State Attorney General Letitia James made the announcement in a press conference this morning. The report reveals that Cuomo and members of his Executive Chamber…

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State Grants Bring in $100,000 for Local Arts Organizations

By Jimmy Jordan | August 3, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY – The arts in Tompkins County have received  $100,000 in State grants to date. The money is for putting on a show and revitalizing live performances in New York state. It’s coming from $105 Million dollar fund, “Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grants,” which only about $30 million of has been distributed…

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Looking for Shipwrecks in Seneca Lake

By Michael Memis | August 2, 2021

SCHUYLER COUNTY, NY — Explorers are attempting to find history nearly 400 feet deep in Seneca Lake.  The Seneca Lake Archaeological and Bathymetric Survey Project is taking pictures of sunken, 19th century shipwrecks. Remote Operated Vehicle technology will take underwater pictures of the shipwrecks. The ultimate goal is to improve knowledge of the Erie Canal…

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