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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. 

2022 WRFI Candidate Interviews AUDIO, TRANSCRIPTIONS

By Corinne Shanahan

New York’s redistricting process remains unresolved. But you can still tune in for WRFI’s live interviews with candidates in the primaries for what may be New York’s 22nd US Congressional District and the 53rd NYS Senate District Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm. Hosted by Fred Balfour and George Christopher. Interview Schedule Expand The interviews…

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WRFI and Ithaca Voice to jointly cover Good-Cause evictions in March 29th Community Conversation call-in show

By Corinne Shanahan

As part of our ongoing efforts to engage the community in important local issues, WRFI and the Ithaca voice are working together to provide coverage on recent Good-Cause evictions legislation and the surrounding conversation. Should laws be passed to establish a tenant’s right to an automatic lease renewal? Good-cause eviction laws are being considered at…

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“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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May 17th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 17, 2022

Yesterday, “Special Master” Jonathan Cervas released a draft of the State’s new congressional districts. The map would create 21 districts where  President Biden won the popular vote in 2020, and 5 where former President Trump did. According to Politico the map is expected to be finalized by this Friday. The originally proposed map would have…

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May 16th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 16, 2022

Tompkins County Public Health Director and Mental Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa is warning of fentanyl in street drugs. According to the Ithaca Voice, Kruppa said Fentanyl is “in all street drugs”  including marijuana and that users should “assume” the drug’s presence. Fentanyl is about 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine…

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May 13th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 13, 2022

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is launching an unarmed response pilot program as part of the county’s reimagining public safety plan. The program will use unarmed sheriff’s clerks to respond to certain non-emergency calls.. The sheriff’s office says the program will free up time for deputies to respond to emergency calls, conduct investigations, and build…

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Interview: Congressional Candidate Josh Riley (2022-05-12)

By Felix Teitelbaum | May 12, 2022

Josh Riley is an attorney and a candidate for Congress. WRFI’s George Christopher interviewed him on May 12, 2022. Transcription to follow. Back to all candidates.   WRFI News Theme music: Alex Reed. Photo: provided.

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May 12th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 12, 2022

According to the New York Times, on Tuesday a federal judge delayed New York’s congressional and state senate primaries until August 23. The move will allow time to redrawn district maps.  On Wednesday Steuben County Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister issued orders setting rules for the primary. Candidates who were already qualified will not need…

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Interview: NY State Senate Candidate Lea Webb (2022-05-11)

By Felix Teitelbaum | May 11, 2022

Lea Webb is a former Binghamton City Councilmember and a candidate for New York State Senate. WRFI’s Fred Balfour interviewed her on May 11, 2022. Transcript to follow. Back to all candidates. WRFI News Theme music: Alex Reed. Photo: provided.

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