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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. 

“Rejoice the Vote” Announces Art Contest Winners

By Felix Teitelbaum

Votes have been cast but the results of the 2020 elections still being challenged. We’re ready, though, to congratulate some real winners: the winners of the Rejoice the Vote art contest: Zoriana, Yi Nan, and Charlie Sue. This contest challenged young artists to create work that inspires people, especially young people, and reminds them that…

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WRFI News Reboots After Seven Years – Submit Your Feedback

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since its inception, WRFI News has overwhelmingly been an effort by scores of dedicated volunteers, and since 2017, the team has been lead by a series of part-time News Directors. In addition to the bedrock of local reporting the team has provided, the department has won awards and sent members on to further their careers…

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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,…

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We're really feeling the love! Thanks to your help, we reached our goal and raised over $17,000 during December!  Together we're ready to take on the challenges of 2021!

Of course, it's never too late to give, head over to our donation page anytime.

Thank you, again.


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National Week of Conversation Kicks Off Saturday

By Michayla Savitt | June 11, 2021

According to a Public Agenda/USA Today survey, 79% of Americans believe that making more opportunities to talk with people who have different views would be an effective way to reduce divisiveness. (Adobe Stock) NEW YORK — The inaugural “America Talks” event begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday, as part of an effort to heal social…

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TCAT Changing it’s Routes, Hosting Focus Groups

By WRFI News Staff | June 9, 2021

Focus groups are either divided among all or different types of ridership: Wed., June 9 – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Urban ridership Thurs., June 10 – 5:30 p.m.  to 7 p.m.: Rural ridership Sat., June 12 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: All ridership Mon., June 14 – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Campus…

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As State Legislative Session Nears End, Cuomo Proposes Legislation to Waive Taxes on Grants From $800 Million Pandemic Small Business Recovery Program

By WRFI News Staff | June 9, 2021

Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo proposed legislation to waive taxes from money given through the COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. The Program was passed in the state budget in April. It includes $800 million dollars to be given in direct grants to small business, micro business, and for-profit…

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Forum Features Primary Candidates for Ithaca Common Council’s 1st and 5th Wards

By WRFI News Staff | June 8, 2021

On Monday, a partial forum was held for candidates running for Ithaca’s Common Council in its 1st and 5th wards. The event was hosted by the City of Ithaca Democratic Committee and the Tompkins County Democratic Committee. The forum functioned in a round-table style Q&A. Candidates spoke to nine questions asked by Democratic Committee Moderator,…

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Environmentalists Go to the DEC’s Doorstep, Demand for Regulations on Cryptocurrency Mining

By WRFI News Staff | June 7, 2021

The fight to regulate energy-intensive cryptocurrency mining in New York reached the DEC’s front door on Saturday. Close to two-hundred people rallied outside one the DEC’s  regional headquarter offices, located in Avon, NY. As 2021’s last legislative session nears it’s close on June 10th, ralliers were promoting two bills in the state legislature to slow…

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NY State Bills to Regulate Cryptocurrency Mining Have Uncertain Future

By WRFI News Staff | June 4, 2021

Cryptocurrency mining might just make it impossible for New York State to meet it’s climate goals, outlined in the New Your State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. There’s a bill in the New York State Legislature calling for a moratorium on cryptocurrency mining, but with the end of this Legislative Session coming up on…

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