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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. 

WRFI’s 2018 Fundraiser Marathon – SPECIAL PROGRAMMING!

By Domenic Gagliano

Also, show your pledge and vote for WRFI Community Radio! Please support our station and help us continue to grow. We have new premiums and daily prizes each day of the marathon running now through November 15. Here is a rundown of some of the special programming happening during the marathon. Tune in, show your…

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Fundraising Marathon Special Programming: Matt Kadane (The New Year / Bedhead) To Interview with Dusty Visions – Sun 11/11 12pm

By Domenic Gagliano

Matt Kadane (along with his brother Bubba Kadane) co-founded the bands Bedhead (1991-1998), and more recently The New Year and Overseas. He’s also a history professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva while also publishing a book titled The Watchful Clothier (Yale University Press) in 2013. He’s collaborated with David Bazan and Will Johnson…

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The Trump Card 2018: November 5 at the Kitchen Theatre

By Felix

The Civic Ensemble’s Godfrey Simmons will perform Mike Daiseys edgy, funny, and provocative monologue “The Trump Card” at the Kitchen Theatre on the eve of the 2018 mid-term elections, November 5. The one-night-only performance will benefit WRFI Community Radio. Get your tickets here. “The Trump Card” is an exploration of the Trumps life story, influences,…

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Time Machine – Recording Hot Jazz on Cylinder [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 2, 2019

The Original Cornell Syncopators are a jazz band consisting of thirteen Cornell students plus one faculty member. They play in the earliest jazz styles with strict attention to the music’s history. In this feature, the group makes an acoustic recording using a Thomas A. Edison company cylinder device from the turn of the century. Feature…

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Managers of the Bolton Point Water System Discuss Emergency Water Plan

By WRFI News Staff | December 18, 2018

Steve Riddle and Glenn Ratajczak, General Manager and Production Manager, respectively, of the Bolton Point Municpal Water System, discuss the facility’s water emergency plan. They talk about some of the possible risks to the water supply, such as harmful algal blooms. This interview aired initially on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. (Photo: Creative Commons)

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Armistice Day 1918: NY’s Southern Tier Aircraft Industry Massive Layoffs

By WRFI News Staff | December 5, 2018

In World War 1, New York’s southern tier was a significant aircraft supplier to the U.S., England, France, Russia and Italy. Glenn Curtiss Industries and Ithaca’s Thomas-Morse produced over 10,000 airplanes in the four years of the war. Armistice Day in November 1918 brought immediate contract cancelations and over 1,500 local jobs were pink-slipped that…

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The Armistice in 1918, as told by people in Ithaca and Tompkins county and in the trenches of Europe’s western Front. (Audio)

By WRFI News Staff | December 4, 2018

In midsummer, 1914, World War 1 started. The war resulted in the deaths of 9 million military and 7 million civilians and the wounding of 20 million more. Four years later, on November 11, 1918, the fighting stopped on all fronts as the great powers signed the armistice. The program you’re about to hear covers…

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The Be the One Summit: Every Person Needs a Safe, Stable Nurturing Relationship [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | December 3, 2018

Jadyn McCune, the Program Director of Possibilities and Lighthouse Programs at Racker, formerly known as the Franziska Racker Centers, talks about the Be the One Project, and ways that individuals can “Be the One” for another person. The Be the One Summit will take place on Monday, December 10th, 2018. Racker is just one of…

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The Loneliness Project, Ep. 3: IC student visit with public safety raises questions about mental health calls [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 30, 2018

Welcome to the third episode of The Loneliness Project, an audio production of WRFI and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. From mental health to social media, reporters throughout the Ithaca community are analyzing the issue of loneliness through multiple lenses. This piece is also part of a larger multimedia collaboration with The Ithaca Voice and The Cornell Daily Sun. In this piece, we…

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