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Volunteer Profile: John Young

By admin

John Young just plain loves radio. As a professional musician, he has performed or been featured on national programs such as NPR’s Weekend Edition and World Café, as well as on many local stations across America. As a writer and researcher on the global environment and related issues, he has made hundreds of appearances on…

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Show Profile: Jim Murphy and the Ithaca Watkins Glen Morning Show

By admin

The Ithaca Watkins Glen Morning Show was the very first live, local, and independent radio program born at WRFI. At 7 a.m. on September 17, 2012, Jim Murphy began the pioneering effort to broadcast live and local radio from a cobbled-together studio on the third floor of the Clinton House. Members of the community immediately…

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Mother Jones at the Izzy Awards on 4/17

By katrina

Tune in to WRFI at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 4/17, for a special live broadcast of the 2013 Izzy Awards from Ithaca College’s Park Center for Independent Media.  This year’s winner is nonprofit news organization Mother Jones.  Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, publisher Steve Katz, and environmental reporter Kate Sheppard (IC Park School of Communications alumna)…

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Amanda Kirchgessner Discusses her 58th District Campaign and Food Insecurity [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | August 15, 2018

WRFI contributor Fred Balfour spoke with Amanda Kirchgessner, a candidate for New York state’s 58th Senate District. They met at the Enfield food pantry, where Amanda is a volunteer, and talked about her campaign as well as food insecurity in the region. This conversation originally aired on WRFI News at 6 on August 15. It…

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Mark H. Anbinder, editor of, talks with WRFI about how he’s breaking local news [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | August 14, 2018

Mark H. Anbinder from was the first to report on the most recent vandalism of a Black Lives Matter sign at the home of Ithaca Alderperson Ducson Nguyen. Anbinder wrote at the end of last week that Nguyen’s home surveillance camera captured a video image of the suspect: Anbinder included a still photo of…

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Behind the scenes of the Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP) at Southside Community Center [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | August 6, 2018

We take a look at what goes on at Southside Community Center every summer. WRFI’s Jimmy Jordan recently visited their Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP), a unique program where kids learn about music and discussing social justice as well as racism. Jordan spoke with Southside’s Dr. Nia Nunn and Dr. Baruch Whitehead and captured…

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What is the future of Ithaca’s Rescue Mission, the main homeless shelter in the city?

By WRFI News Staff | August 1, 2018

The Ithaca Rescue Mission has served Ithaca’s homeless community for years. Many community members are concerned about the future: There has been tension between the Rescue Mission and Tompkins County, the announcement of their possible closure, and a public proposal process to take over the Ithaca homeless shelter. What exactly is going to happen to…

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Don Rakow of Citizens Climate Lobby talks about Carbon Fee and Dividend System [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 31, 2018

Don Rakow, Associate Professor in Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Sciences, is a member of the local chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, also known as the CCL.  He describes his organization’s proposal to Congress that they enact legislation that would establish a a carbon fee-and-dividend system.  CCL believes that such a system would…

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Cornell’s Frank Edwards Discusses His Study About Risk of Police-Related Death [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 25, 2018

WRFI’s Jackie Marusiak spoke with Frank Edwards, a postdoctoral associate at the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University. There he’s the leader of a study on the risk of police-involved death, based on race and location in the United States. Here’s what he had to say about the findings and implications of the…

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