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'll keep examining the service our programming provides to the community because our news service is just that, a service. And who better to give us feedback than those we serve: you, our listeners.
We heard from dozens of you! Responses were all over the map but some of the most common issues our listeners emphasized were:
affordable housing, local elections, education, local politics, city, school district, county and town issues, policing, crime, justice, taxes, environment, conservation, Cornell/Ithaca relations, development, COVID, vaccination, police reform, immigration, black and brown lives, defunding police, human rights, water quality, workers' rights,
cultural events, structural racism, the Green New Deal, survival of our local economy and arts and nonprofit organizations, arts events/artist interviews; food sovereignty, and the local food economy.
More than anything the survey let us know to keep covering stories that are not usually heard anywhere else. We hear you!
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 with organizations like WABE, Atlanta, the Boston Globe, North County Public Radio, the Public News Service, and the Ithaca Voice.
The survey is closed but please let us know anytime what you think about our news (or other) content. Tell us what works and what doesn't.