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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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Rev. Robert Jones Sr., Raconteur and Musician

By WRFI News Staff | April 23, 2021

A storyteller, a musician, a font of American roots: Rev. Robert Jones Sr. is coming to the Trumansburg Conservatory’s virtual stage this weekend.  Here we have a conversation with Rev. Jones where he talks about how music entered his life; how he addressed the tension between his work as a Pastor and his passion for country,…

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Coronavirus Update, April 23, 2021

By WRFI News Staff | April 23, 2021

The Tompkins County health department is holding a mass Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday April 24.   Anyone over 18 years old is eligible for the clinic. The moderna vaccine will be administered. It is unclear how many doses will be available. The clinic will take place in the old Sears building in the Shops at…

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Torrey Town Planning Board Green Lights Expansion to Greenidge’s Bitcoin Operation

By Jimmy Jordan | April 20, 2021

***Correction: The radio story above says that the plant will be mining bitcoin with 45 MW/h of electricicty by the end of 2021. That number is actually 41 MW/h, which could power almost 35,000 homes, not 38,000. ***** At last night’s meeting, the Town of Torrey planning board approved a site plan application for Greenidge…

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Environmentalists Rally Against Greenidge Expansion, State Lawmakers Take Notice

By Jimmy Jordan | April 19, 2021

Environmental activists and concerned citizens rallied on Saturday, opposing Greenidge Generation’s expansion plans and gaining the attention of state lawmakers. Greenidge Generation is in the town of Torrey on Seneca Lake. The company operates a gas-fired power plant, mining bitcoin on an industrial scale. Bitcoin mining is energy intensive, and the cheaper the electricity, the…

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Cryptocurrency Mining, An Emerging and Unregulated Industry?

By Jimmy Jordan | April 16, 2021

Greenidge Generation LLC is a natural gas power plant that’s mining cryptocurrency on an industrial scale, and Greenidge aims to expand its operations.  The last round of government approval needed to give the greenlight to Greenidge’s expansion, is the Torrey Town Planning board. Torrey is a small, rural town in the heart of the Finger…

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Cornell Engaged Grant to support opioid use research project

By WRFI News Staff | April 16, 2021

Each year, Cornell University awards engaged research grants to community centered projects. This year, they awarded four grants totaling 192,000 dollars to community centered projects. One of the projects that received this public service grant is working to address opioid use in the greater Ithaca community. WRFI news intern, Maia Noah reports.     

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