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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. 

Thanks again to our wonderful supporters

By katrina

WRFI Community Radio is on the air thanks to the support of our listeners, like Hector Abruna, Donald Barber, Curt Dunnam and Jessica Brown & Joshua Granger.  To learn how you can join them in keeping our local independent community radio station on the air, go to our Support page.

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Mother Jones at the Izzy Awards on 4/17

By katrina

Tune in to WRFI at 7:30pm on Wednesday, 4/17, for a special live broadcast of the 2013 Izzy Awards from Ithaca College’s Park Center for Independent Media.  This year’s winner is nonprofit news organization Mother Jones.  Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn, publisher Steve Katz, and environmental reporter Kate Sheppard (IC Park School of Communications alumna)…

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A big thank you to our supporters

By katrina

WRFI Community Radio is on the air thanks to the support of our listeners, like Anne Posel, Nancy Norton, Susan Smith, Brian Bartholomew and Louise Yavelow, who gave in honor of our very own Morning Show!  To learn how you can join them in keeping our local independent community radio station on the air, go…

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Daily features and interviews from our community

Tompkins County Legislators Debate How to Promote Forest Growth [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 15, 2019

Tompkins County is expected to allow commercial logging in county forests, targeting red pines that have replaced native hardwoods. But legislators disagree on how to promote forest growth — and some don’t want to pursue any logging. WRFI’s John Yoon brings us this report. Tompkins County is asking for bids from logging companies to harvest…

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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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