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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. 

Help WRFI Get a Strong Start for 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

2020 has been a rough year, and your small but mighty community station has been here with with you every step of the way. Please join our year-end campaign and help us raise $17,000 so we can take on 2021. Every little bit helps deliver more great local programming emphasizing inclusion, justice, and truth. When…

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Love and Radio in the Time of COVID-19

By Felix Teitelbaum

On March 15, as the New York response to the coronavirus began to take form, we shut the station to all volunteers and the public. With over 80 active volunteers and countless guests, interns, and community members coming through the station on any given day, the risk was just too high to stay fully open. …

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Radio for the Revolution – Support Your Community Station TODAY

By Felix Teitelbaum

With so many crises facing our communities and the world, WRFI has strived to rise to the occasion. From bolstering our steadfast commitment to local and independent news, to introducing our new Town Hall Meetings, to producing socially-distanced radio from our DJ living rooms, we’ve deepened our commitment to the kind of community building that…

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We're really feeling the love! Thanks to your help, we reached our goal and raised over $17,000 during December!  Together we're ready to take on the challenges of 2021!

Of course, it's never too late to give, head over to our donation page anytime.

Thank you, again.


Latest from the WRFI News Team

Daily features and interviews from our community

A New Stage is Set at the Hangar Theatre

By Michael Memis | June 18, 2021

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hangar Theatre’s outdoor stage (Michael Memis/WRFI) The Hangar Theatre is finally re-opening to in-person performances after a year and a half without them. The Hangar celebrated it’s new outdoor theater with a blue ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.  There to celebrate were city officials, members of Tompkins Trust Company, and…

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Remembering Bishop Cecil A. Malone

By Felix Teitelbaum | June 18, 2021

Juneteenth is now officially a federal holiday. President Biden signed it into law on Thursday, making today Juneteenth’s first federal recognized celebration. Businesses are closed. Many Government employees have the day off. The day celebrates the emancipation of black men and women from enslavement in the United States.  But that  passage of history is not…

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Tompkins County Urges New York State to Keep it “Whole” in 2021 Redistricting Process

By Jimmy Jordan | June 16, 2021

Tompkins County State Senate Districts 2021 (SUNY) The Tompkins County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution at their Tuesday meeting, urging that New York State’s 2021 redistricting process place Tompkins County completely in one congressional district and one state senate district.  The Resolution was written by Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson. Tompkins County is split between…

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Advocates Continue Push to End College Transcript Withholding in NY

By Michayla Savitt | June 15, 2021

From December 2019 through March 2020, there were about 40,000 cases of transcript withholding in the SUNY system, according to Young Invincibles. (Adobe Stock) ALBANY, N.Y. — A measure to end college transcript withholding due to outstanding debt did not pass this session, but its supporters will continue advocating for those affected by the practice. Ripple effects…

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COVID-19 Update with Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director

By WRFI News Staff | June 11, 2021

Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director Tompkins County is seeing no to low new COVID cases. Numbers haven’t looked like this since August 2020. So, where are we with the pandemic right now? It seems good, like we’re reaching a light at the end of a tunnel, as if that comparison isn’t used enough.…

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2021 Izzy Award Winner: Tim Schwab

By WRFI News Staff | June 11, 2021

One of the largest figures in the American economy and culture, Bill Gates, has only improved his reputation throughout the pandemic.  Gates. and the Gates Foundation, are a point of leadership throughout this global health crisis. Although, Tim Schwab’s reporting paints a picture that is not so singularly benevolent. Schwab is a recipient of the…

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