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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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Coronavirus Update, June 25, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 25, 2020

When the Southern Tier enters phase 4 of reopening Friday, low-risk arts and entertainment facilities like museums, historical sites, zoos, botanical gardens, and art galleries will be able to open — under some restrictions. Phase 4 also allows the opening of film and tv production, higher education, professional sports without fans. In addition, gatherings of…

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Juneteenth Rally: Decriminalize, Demilitarize, Decarcerate Tompkins [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | June 25, 2020

On Friday, June 19th, a rally called “Decriminalize, Demilitarize, Decarcerate Tompkins” was held at the Bernie Milton Pavilion in downtown Ithaca. Speakers and artists addressed local injustices within the criminal justice system, including incarceration, the court system, immigrant detention and policing. The rally was held on Juneteenth, which commemorates the June 19th 1865 announcement of…

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Coronavirus Update, June 24, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 24, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Southern Tier, which includes Tompkins and Schuyler Counties, is among the five regions on track for phase 4 of reopening this Friday. Phase 4 allows the opening of film and tv production, higher education, professional sports without fans, and indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment. In…

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Coronavirus Update, June 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 23, 2020

Cornell University announced yesterday that two of the four committees appointed by President Martha Pollack have submitted their reports for plans for the fall semester. According to the Cornell Daily Sun, the 97 page report from the Committee on Teaching Re-activation Operations gave the first glimpse at some of the possible changes coming to the…

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Coronavirus Update, June 19, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 19, 2020

In Tompkins County the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 stands at 166 as of Friday. According to the Tompkins county health department. There are 4 more recoveries in the county, bringing the total recoveries to 162. There are no new confirmed cases of the virus in Schuyler County as of Friday. According to health…

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Coronavirus Update, June 18, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 18, 2020

In tandem with nationwide figures, Tompkins County has also experienced a dramatic increase in unemployment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Cornell Daily Sun. The rate rose from 3.5 percent to 10.5 percent between March and April. The county has previously been known for distinctively low unemployment, but April marked the most…

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