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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 Living Wage is Filling Positions at the Marriott

By Jimmy Jordan | May 18, 2021

Ithaca Marriott Downtown on the Commons is Tompkins County’s newest Living Wage Employer. That means they’re paying all their employees at least $15.37 an hour, and have a certification from Tompkins County Workers Center to back it up.  The reason for this move is to try and get people back to work. Cathy Hart is…

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Which Way Forward: The Executive Order

By WRFI News Staff | May 14, 2021

The summer of 2020 saw mass protests across the United States, demanding that governments defund the police. One of the big administrative responses to these uprising was in New York State Governor, from Governor Andrew Cuomo in the form of Excutive Order 203. The order offered serious affirmation to what many in America were saying:…

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Schuyler County Legislature Asks DEC to “Study and Develop” Regulations Around Cryptocurrency Mining

By Jimmy Jordan | May 12, 2021

The Schuyler County Legislature is calling on the DEC to study and develop regulations around cryptocurrency mining.  The resolution was tabled at last month’s meeting in order to give representatives time to research the issue. At Monday night’s meeting, the resolution passed unanimously. Mark Rondinaro chairs the Legislature’s Community Development and Natural Resource Committee, which…

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The Public’s Opinion on Reimagining Public Safety

By WRFI News Staff | May 7, 2021

On this episode of Which Way Forward, we explore many, many opinions and views on the Reimagining Public Safety process. All these comments and thoughts are from the public feedback period of the Reimagining Public Safety Draft Report. This ranged from early February 2021, to March 31st 2021. In that fast-moving span of time, community…

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2021 Izzy Award Winner: Truthout

By WRFI News Staff | May 7, 2021

The Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College has announced the recipients for this year’s Izzy Award for “outstanding achievement in independent media”. One of these recipients is Truthout, a nonprofit independent news outlet.  During 2020, Truthout launched the series “Despair and Disparity: The Uneven Burdens of Covid-19”. This series comprises 250 articles covering…

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New York State Bill Calls for Moratorium and Environmental Reviews on Cryptocurrency Mining

By Jimmy Jordan | May 6, 2021

A new bill in the New York State legislature is seeking to put a three-year moratorium on cryptocurrency mining. The legislation was drafted by Assemblymember Anna Kelles of the 125th district. Kelles made it explicit that this is by no means an anti-cryptocurrency mining bill. She said, “This bill is a pause, an evaluation and…

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