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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. 

“Steppin’ Into My Shoes” Radio Play with the Civic Ensemble – September 11, 18, and 25, 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

The in-person listening party and talkback at the Cherry ArtSpace was on September 25 and it was a beautful experience. Based on the oral history interviews that members conducted in Fall 2020, the play was produced  exploring themes of family, harm reduction, and hopes and dreams of those who have experienced incarceration. Aiming to disrupt…

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Thanks For Your Feedback! WRFI Newscasts Win Award

By Felix Teitelbaum

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 heard from dozens…

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COVID and Vaccine Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, January 6, 4-5pm

By Felix Teitelbaum

Join Tompkins County Officials and Cayuga Health System CEO Dr. Martin Stallone for a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall on Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00pm. The meeting will be broadcast on WRFI and streamed live to YouTube. Members of the public can submit questions for the panelists by emailing Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County Communications Director at drecckio@tompkins-co.org,…

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COVID Cases Continue to Rise, Tompkins Co. Health Department to Host Community Update

By WRFI News Staff | August 30, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY – COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Tompkins County.  The Health Department reported 92 new positive cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, and a total of 268 active cases for Monday, August 30th. The last time Tompkins County saw cases this high was January 25th. A significant amount of community spread seems to…

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Gov. Hochul is Investing $1M to Speed up Rent Relief

By Jimmy Jordan | August 26, 2021

ITHACA, NY — New York is putting $1 million dollars into marketing and outreach efforts for the State’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).  The $2.7 billion dollar Rental Assistance Program was dubbed ‘poorly managed‘ by the State Comptroller’s Office two weeks ago, namely for it’s poor outreach, sluggish application approvals, and the lack of detail…

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TC3 and all of SUNY to require students to get Vaccinated

By WRFI News Staff | August 26, 2021

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY — TC3 is following SUNY’s student vaccination mandate made after the FDA approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine earlier this week. Now all institutions of higher education in Tompkins County have vaccine requirements for students starting class this for Fall 2021.  Students attending TC3 must complete their vaccination shots before September 27 or…

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Silent Movies Under The Stars Return with 1916’s Sherlock Holmes

By Esther Racoosin | August 23, 2021

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca-based Wharton Studio Museum will present the 1916 silent film version of “Sherlock Holmes”, as its the 11th annual “Silent Film Under the Stars”. Diana Reisman is the Executive Director of Wharton Studio Museum (WSM). The Ithaca-based organization promotes the role played by Ithaca in the development of filmmaking in the…

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Tompkins County Seeing ‘High Transmission Rate’ of COVID-19; Children Under 12 Make up 20 percent of Recent Cases

By Jimmy Jordan | August 23, 2021

ITHACA, NY — Tompkins County is seeing a high transmission rate of COVID-19, prompting  the Health Department to recommend masking in all local schools. As defined by the CDC, high-transmission of COVID is seeing over 100 positive cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period. According to data from the Tompkins County Health Department, there…

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Stand-Off Ends in Arrest at Chestnut Hill Apartment Complex

By WRFI News Staff | August 23, 2021

ITHACA, NY –  An hours-long stand-off between police and a suspect barricaded in an apartment ended in arrest on Saturday. Bruce Mead is being charged with two felonies, the criminal possession of a weapon in the second and third degrees. The Ithaca Police department reported that two Ithaca Police Officers were dispatched to the Chestnut…

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