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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. 

Thank you! Chicken-Fried Fundraiser a Major Success

By Felix

THANK YOU! With your help Maxie’s and Bacchus raised $694 for the station! On Tuesday June, 27th, Maxie’s Supper Club and Bacchus Brewing teamed up for a Chicken-Fried Fundraiser to benefit your Community Radio station, WRFI. For every fried chicken (or tofu) dinner sold, Maxie’s donated five bucks to the station. And Bacchus is donated a dollar…

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Community Radio is YOUR Radio: Please Support WRFI

By Felix

We know our listeners value independent news, information, and music that they won’t hear anywhere else. And every day, WRFI delivers great content from around the world –and from around your hometown. The times are, to say the least, uncertain. Large media outlets are more and more consolidated and less and less trusted. Funding for…

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LISTEN: 2017 Izzy Award Ceremony

By Felix

The ninth annual Izzy Award was presented April 12, 2017 to Mother Jones senior reporter SHANE BAUER (“My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard“) and SETH FREED WESSLER, a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, who, working separately, exposed abuse and death inside U.S. for-profit prisons; and ARI BERMANof The…

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Summer 2018 T-Shirts!

Check out the 2018 Summer Tees! V-necks in women's and men's cuts available when you donate to WRFI.

Your contribution today will help to sustain all of the efforts that keep WRFI up and running 24/7 for the Ithaca and Watkins Glen area. T-Shirts are available for sustaining members who contribute $60 or more ($5 /month). Thank you!

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Latest from the WRFI News Team

Daily features and interviews from our community

Getting to Know Amanda Kirchgessner [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | September 23, 2018

Amanda Kirchgessner is running against Tom O’Mara (R-NY) to represent New York’s 58th district in the New York State Senate. She discussed her issues, concerns and background with WRFI’s Lori Sonken. This interview aired on September 18, 2018.

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Watkins Glen International sees Joe Logano capture NASCAR’s XFINITY series [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | September 21, 2018

Dateline: August 4, 2018. NASCAR roared into Watkins Glen International on August 4th-5th. WRFI’s Fred Balfour reports from the pits of the XFINITY series 20th race of the 2018 race schedule. Strategy & pit crew skills were critical as the race started and ended in bright hot sunshine but a heavy rainstorm swept down off…

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Cornell Professor Matt Evangelista talks about “Paths to Peace” [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | September 12, 2018

Matt Evangelista, Professor of Government at Cornell University, talks about “Paths to Peace”. The series of events taking place in September honors the legacy of peace activist and scholar Randall “Randy” Forsberg, who died in 2007. Some of the events on the Cornell campus are lectures, films and art exhibits examining the issues of nuclear…

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Tompkins County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2018, produced by WRFI and the Ithaca Voice [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | September 12, 2018

The three candidates for Tompkins County sheriff in 2018, retired Undersheriff Derek Osborne, independent journalist Josh Brokaw, and Sheriff Ken Lansing, participated in a forum on WRFI Community Radio and streamed live on Facebook by the Ithaca Voice. Osborne and Lansing are competing against each other in the Democratic primary. That primary’s election is on Thursday, Sep.…

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Featured image description: Cynthia Nixon speaking in Ithaca at Argos Inn on Jun. 3. Photo credit: Nick Reynolds

Cynthia Nixon speaks to WRFI before Ithaca visit on Sep. 1 [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | August 31, 2018

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem on the phone about how Nixon plans to court voters in Upstate, including folks beyond Bernie supporters. She also shared some hints about her major environmental announcement in Ithaca, among other topics — including marijuana. Cynthia Nixon will visit Ithaca on Saturday and address a crowd…

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Michael Lausell discusses his campaign for NY’s 58th senate district primary on Sept. 13. [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | August 29, 2018

Michael Lausell, candidate for NY’s 58 senate district, spoke with WRFI’s Fred Balfour about his campaign for the Sept. 13th primary. Sitting at Michael’s stand at the weekly Montour Falls Farmer’s Market, he described his background and work in central New York. He describes his priority issues including health care, reducing property taxes, living wage…

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