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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. 

YOUR DONATION MATCHED WED & THURS, Special Free Pile, Live Music, SOA Watch

By Felix

There are only three days left in our once-a-year marathon fund drive. And there’s never been a better time to give: All donations to the station on Wednesday (11/14) and Thursday (11/5) will be matched by an anonymous donor! More than ever, local and independent media must be protected. Working together, we can continue to amplify…

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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 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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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

Organic Farming in the Finger Lakes: Challenges, Rewards [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 19, 2018

Researchers and growers discuss their organic farming experiences in the Finger Lakes. This feature, produced by Lori Sonken, aired on October 19, 2018. Photo by Mike Mozart.

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Dr. William Klepack Discusses Tompkins County Resolution on the Legalization of Marijuana [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 17, 2018

Dr. William Klepack, the Medical Director of the Tompkins County Health Department discusses the resolution passed last week by the Health and Human services Committee of the county legislature to legalize marijuana in New York State. He supports the legalization of marijuana use and urges listeners to learn about the issue by reading the state…

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Students from Cornell Minds Matter Discuss Mental Health Awareness Week [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 14, 2018

Carumey Stevens and Chelsea Kiely of the Cornell Organization Cornell Minds Matter, discuss the mental health challenges facing students on campus. They also talk about the barriers for students seeking mental health care. The organization is one of the sponsors of Mental Health Awareness week at Cornell, and Stevens and Kiely provide information about upcoming…

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NAMI-Finger Lakes Panel on Mental Health Court in Ithaca [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 9, 2018

This past summer, the City of Ithaca announced its intentions to establish a Mental Health Court. The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Finger Lakes, held a panel discussion on Sunday, October 7, to provide information to the community about the planned Mental Health Court. In this feature, different representatives from the mental health community, the court…

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Matt Butler from Ithaca Times discusses domestic violence allegations against State Senate Candidate Amanda Kirchgessner (AUDIO and TRANSCRIPT)

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | October 5, 2018

***Content warning: Allegations of domestic violence, including and physical and verbal abuse, are mentioned in this interview. Matt Butler from the Ithaca Times reported this week that State Senate Candidate Amanda Kirchgessner is being accused of domestic violence by her ex-wife, Brandi Morgan. He spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem on ‘Your Morning‘ about the piece. Later…

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State Senate Candidate Amanda Kirchgessner responds to domestic violence allegations (AUDIO and TRANSCRIPT)

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | October 5, 2018

***Content warning: Allegations of domestic violence, including and physical and verbal abuse, are mentioned in this interview. State Senate Candidate Amanda Kirchgessner is being accused of domestic violence by her ex-wife, Brandi Morgan, according to an  Ithaca Times investigation this week. Amanda Kirchgessner spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem on ‘Your Morning‘ about her response to these…

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