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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!

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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Daily features and interviews from our community

Healthcare Costs Comparison – Stonybrook vs Paris

By Fred Balfour | October 17, 2019

At the WRFI Healthcare Desk, we note that one of several widely disputed issues is the true cost of healthcare delivery, both to the individual, and to the country as a whole. In this series, we report on actual healthcare situations that allow the listener to compare costs incurred in the U.S. with the costs…

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New York Health Act – Rochester Hearing on October 10, 2019

By Fred Balfour | October 11, 2019

New York state senators and assemblypersons convened in Rochester NY on October 10 for a hearing on the proposed New York Health Act Bill – S3577 and A5248. Twenty-Eight individuals and groups were scheduled to provide testimony and answer questions asked by the legislators. Lasting about nine hours, the audience and legislators heard a mix…

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Upcoming NY Healthcare Hearing in Rochester

By Fred Balfour | October 8, 2019

The Health Committees in both houses of the New York legislature are considering an act to establish a single-payer healthcare insurance system for every resident in New York state. The two committees are hosting a public hearing in Rochester on Thursday, Oct 10. WRFI’s Health Desk reporter, Fred Balfour, interviewed Dr. Susan Soboroff, a retired…

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Farmer Storyslam: Joe Soto and Sean Cummings [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 7, 2019

What you’re about to hear are stories by Joe Soto and Sean Cummings performed live at the Farmer Storyslam, an event hosted by Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming and Trampoline which took place in June of this year. The theme of this event was Tales from the Fields, was hosted by the Micky…

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A Proposal for a Galvanizing Plant moves along in Romulus. What does the Community Think? [AUDIO]

By Jimmy Jordan | September 26, 2019

A project proposal for a galvanizing plant in Romulus has captured the attention of many in the town, and in Seneca County. The proposal comes from Earl Martin, the owner of Seneca Dairy Systems LLC. The galvanizing plant, also known as hot-dip galvanizing, will mean over a hundred jobs for the area, but is being…

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Cornell Professor Lawrence Glickman talks about his new book, Free Enterprise: An American History

By Esther Racoosin | September 24, 2019

To learn more about how politicians use language to influence their voting base and potential voters, I spoke with Cornell Professor Lawrence B. Glickman. He is the Stephen and Evalyn Milman Professor of American Studies in the Department of History at Cornell. Glickman is the author of the new book, Free Enterprise: An American History,…

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