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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. 

“Steppin’ Into My Shoes” Radio Play with the Civic Ensemble – September 11, 18, and 25, 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

The in-person listening party and talkback at the Cherry ArtSpace was on September 25 and it was a beautful experience. Based on the oral history interviews that members conducted in Fall 2020, the play was produced  exploring themes of family, harm reduction, and hopes and dreams of those who have experienced incarceration. Aiming to disrupt…

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Thanks For Your Feedback! WRFI Newscasts Win Award

By Felix Teitelbaum

Thank you so much to everyone who filled out our listener survey! Since January 25, 2021 we’ve been focusing on bringing you headline newscasts throughout each weekday and we must be doing something right because we won the 2021 regional award for Best Newscast from the New York State Broadcasters Association!  We heard from dozens…

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COVID and Vaccine Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, January 6, 4-5pm

By Felix Teitelbaum

Join Tompkins County Officials and Cayuga Health System CEO Dr. Martin Stallone for a virtual COVID-19 Town Hall on Wednesday, January 6 at 4:00pm. The meeting will be broadcast on WRFI and streamed live to YouTube. Members of the public can submit questions for the panelists by emailing Dominick Recckio, Tompkins County Communications Director at drecckio@tompkins-co.org,…

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Daily features and interviews from our community

Coronavirus Update, January 27, 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum | January 27, 2021

On Friday, Governor Cuomo announced he would allow higher risk sports to resume on February 1st, subject to local health department approval. Tompkins Public Health Director, Frank Kruppa, DID approve sports locally with additional requirements and precautions. Approved high risk sports for Tompkins County include; football, wrestling, ice hockey, rugby, and basketball.  In addition to…

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Coronavirus Update, January 22, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 22, 2021

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting a number of potential public exposures to COVID-19. Our first one to report is at Five Below, at 744 S. Meadow St., in Ithaca. The date of the exposure to COVID was on Saturday, January 16, 11:30am-8:30pm. The other reported exposure to COVID-19 is at the Ithaca Walmart,…

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Editorial: So long, farewell, Ithaca [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | January 22, 2021

Dear listeners, friends, & comrades, January 22, 2021 was last day as WRFI News Director. As we continue to face this global pandemic I’ve decided to move to a city (NYC) so I can be closer to family and loved ones in these tough times. It has been an absolute honor to work alongside this…

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Interview with Walking on Water’s Priscilla Hummel on Comfort Food, a Three-Part Musical [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | January 21, 2021

WRFI News Contributor Pamela Tan speaks with Walking on Water‘s Priscilla Hummel about their upcoming production of the three-part musical, Comfort Food, which will stream online in February 2021.

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Coronavirus Update, January 20, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 20, 2021

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting a number of potential public exposures to COVID-19 on TCAT, Routes 40, 43, and 53. The various exposures were in a rider, and occurred  January 15 – 18. You can review the specific days and times of the COVID exposure on TCAT, Routes 40, 43, and 53 on…

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Coronavirus Update, January 19, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | January 19, 2021

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting another potential public exposure to COVID-19. This time, the positive case was detected in a person who rode TCAT bus number 32 on Friday, January 15th.  The individual boarded the TCAT bus around 1:50 pm at Gaslight Village Apartments and left the bus at Seneca Street Station at…

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