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WRFI News brings you local-first news and voices by, and for, the people of Tompkins and Schuyler counties. Catch WRFI News live, Monday-Friday at 6 p.m.

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WRFI News Features and Interviews

Congressman Tom Reed Introduces Energy Tax Credit bill – Jan. 2020

By Fred Balfour | January 18, 2020

Ayleen Crotty of Filmed By Bike Film Festival Talks About Bike Fun

By Esther Racoosin | January 17, 2020

On Thursday, January 16th, about 50 bicycle enthusiasts attended a bike culture workshop organized by BikeWalk Tompkins. The workshop was lead by Ayleen Crotty, founder of the Filmed by Bike Film Festival. Crotty visited Ithaca to hear about what events are happening in our city and help the biking community to translate those events into…

Daughter/Father Duo Caitlin and Al Mathes discuss new mixed media cabaret at The Cherry [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 16, 2020

Daughter and father duo Caitlin and Al Mathes are the artists behind “Apple: Tree” the new mixed media “rolling cabaret” taking place January 18th-19th and the 23rd-25th at The Cherry Artspace. The pair joined WRFI’s Michayla Savitt live in-studio, on Your Morning ahead of the premiere.

The Ripple Effect Radio Project Part 1: Harmful Algal Blooms [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 15, 2020

Every day, stories about the environment are in the local, regional, and national headlines. Climate change, climate emergency, climate crisis — no matter how you slice it, our planet is warming up, a change which, according to the NOAA, is driven primarily by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. Our new…

Ithaca’s Chanticleer Rooster Removed for Restoration AUDIO

By Felix | January 14, 2020

The iconic Chanticleer rooster normally perched above the corner of Cayuga and Martin Luther King Streets and Ithaca was taken down yesterday for restoration and other work to the local bar’s roof. The Chanticleer’s Jeff Mazer says the work was overdue, “No one’s touched that that rooster since has been put up probably. And that…

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