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Tom Reed Complete Press Conference – July 24, 2019 <40 minute audio>

By Fred Balfour | July 24, 2019

On Wednesday July 24, WRFI News Team member Fred Balfour participated in the morning media conference call with Representative Tom Reed of New York’s 23rd district.  Reed gives regular press conferences via telephone for radio and newspapers in the 23rd district, which includes Watkins Glen and Tompkins County.  Over 40 minutes, Rep. Reed and the…

Youth Voices Episode 2: Gun Control (7/24/2019) [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 24, 2019

J.T. Stone interviews two high school students about their differing views on the controversial issue of gun control in the United States.

Local Ithacans gather on the Commons to rally for Puerto Rico [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 24, 2019

An online group chat showed Puerto Rico’s governor and other political figures of the country admitting to financial fraud and mocking the Puerto Rican people. Now, many across the world are calling on Governor Ricardo Rossello to resign, and one rally took place Monday, July 22nd at Ithaca’s Bernie Milton Pavillion. Image courtesy of Matilde…

Exploring Grassroots Culture Camp 2019 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 19, 2019

WRFI News contributors Sean McGoldrick and Esther Racoosin visit Grassroots Culture Camp.  They speak with Tara Nevins of the band Donna the Buffalo, who organized culture camp.  Sean and Esther also attend music and dance workshops, interview some of the instructors of the workshops and hear from some of the participants. This feature initially aired…

The City is Asking what you think about the Waterfront Neighborhood Plan [AUDIO]

By Jimmy Jordan | July 18, 2019

The City of Ithaca displayed it’s Waterfront Neighborhood Plan at two open houses on July 11th. Presented at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market, city planners prepared poster boards to explain the vision the city has for the Waterfront’s development. The public was able leave comments right on the displays and ask questions directly to city planners.…


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