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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. 

Photo credit: Jacob Mroczek. Photo description: Tiffany Chai, a Cornell PhD student and mental health columnist for the Ithaca Voice, shares her perspective at a media training about reporting on suicide responsibly that took place on Oct. 15 at the Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca.

Letter from the Editors: Announcing ‘The Loneliness Radio Project’

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Loneliness Project: a multimedia collaboration between WRFI, The Ithaca Voice, The Cornell Daily Sun, and the Ithaca College Park Scholars Program. In a series of long-form online articles, audio pieces, videos, and infographics, we will take a careful look at loneliness and its impact on mental…

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WRFI’s 2018 Fundraiser Marathon – SPECIAL PROGRAMMING!

By Domenic Gagliano

Also, show your pledge and vote for WRFI Community Radio! Please support our station and help us continue to grow. We have new premiums and daily prizes each day of the marathon running now through November 15. Here is a rundown of some of the special programming happening during the marathon. Tune in, show your…

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Fundraising Marathon Special Programming: Matt Kadane (The New Year / Bedhead) To Interview with Dusty Visions – Sun 11/11 12pm

By Domenic Gagliano

Matt Kadane (along with his brother Bubba Kadane) co-founded the bands Bedhead (1991-1998), and more recently The New Year and Overseas. He’s also a history professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva while also publishing a book titled The Watchful Clothier (Yale University Press) in 2013. He’s collaborated with David Bazan and Will Johnson…

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2018 Marathon Swag

Check out the 2018 Fall Marathon premiums!

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Latest from the WRFI News Team

Daily features and interviews from our community

Watkins Glen Six Hours of the Glen Race 2019 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 8, 2019

At the end of June, the world-famous race track at Watkins Glen International hosted long-running annual classic “Six Hours at the Glen”. International racing teams and drivers competed across three days. WRFI’s Fred Balfour was on the spot reporting the many aspects of a beautiful weekend at the track.  

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Ithaca Reggae Fest 2019 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 8, 2019

The third annual Ithaca Reggae Festival took place on the weekend of June 28th-29th, and many folks turned out to Stewart Park to enjoy the festivities. WRFI’s Jamie Swinnerton attended the festival, and brings us some highlights of the day.

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Frank Towner Discusses His Role as New President of the Rotary Club of Ithaca [AUDIO]

By Esther Racoosin | July 3, 2019

Frank Towner, new President of the Rotary Club of Ithaca, talks about his new role.  He discusses how he got involved with Rotary and some of the projects that his organization is engaged in. This interview initially aired during the July 3rd, 2019 edition of WRFI Community Radio news. (photos:  Rotary Club of Ithaca website;…

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Find the Funny [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | July 1, 2019

Kenneth Mclaurin is a local Ithaca comedian and the producer of Comedy on the Commons. Along with Finger Lakes Pulse, Comedy on the Commons will host a stand-up show as part of in Ithaca’s first pride weekend. McLaurin spoke with WRFI’s Michayla Savitt about the local group’s work, being a comedian, and tomorrow’s Pride Not…

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How to Manage the County’s Forests? [AUDIO]

By Jimmy Jordan | July 1, 2019

Tompkins County has a looming question. There over 550 acres of county owned forest in the towns of Newfield and Caroline, but about 300 acres of this have an abnormal ecology for the area. They’re filled with red pine trees planted back in the 1930s and these trees are beginning to fail and fall over.…

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Stories of El Salvador with Reverend Cameron Miller [AUDIO]

By Jimmy Jordan | July 1, 2019

This piece comes from a conversation with Cameron Miller, a poet, fiction writer, and preacher living in Geneva, NY. In April 2019, Reverend Miller published an article titled Authentic Desperation in the Finger Lakes Times, detailing an experience he had in one of his many trips to El Salvador. He discovered a group of activists…

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