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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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Daily features and interviews from our community

Coronavirus Update, June 11, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 11, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier will all be entering phase three of reopening tomorrow, June 12th. Phase three allows indoor restaurants and food services to reopen at 50% capacity, and allows personal care services, such as tattoo and piercing shops and…

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New local podcast “Unexpected Undertaking” on WRFI News [AUDIO]

By Jimmy Jordan | June 11, 2020

On Thursday, June 11, WRFI News’ main feature was a selection of a new local podcast Unexpected Undertaking. Monique and Aaron have been dating for two years, and are raising their kids together in Upstate New York. They are an interracial couple, and in this pilot episode of the podcast the pair discuss how that…

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Coronavirus Update, June 10, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | June 10, 2020

New York state has released guidelines for phase three of the Southern Tier’s reopening, which should begin this Friday. The Southern tier is among select regions that are able to consider moving on to the next phase this week. State officials say the decision of whether or not to move forward will take place about…

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Coronavirus Update, June 9, 2020

By Jimmy Jordan | June 9, 2020

In Tompkins County the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 remains at 165, with no new positives. According to the Tompkins county health department, 3 more of the positive cases have recovered. Over 11,700 people have been tested in total. There were no new confirmed cases of the virus in Schuyler County Tuesday. According to…

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Coronavirus Update, June 8, 2020

By Jimmy Jordan | June 9, 2020

The city of Ithaca has approved closing down the 100 block of Aurora Street for restaurants to use as extra space for outdoor seating. As the region transitions into the second phase of reopening, restaurants have the option to open their outdoor dining areas, the Ithaca Voice reports. Shutting down a portion of Aurora street…

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Tompkins Legislator Anna Kelles returns to WRFI to further discuss her bid for NY Assembly [AUDIO]

By Jimmy Jordan | June 9, 2020

Tompkins Legislator Anna Kelles called into WRFI Community Radio News at 6 on Tuesday June 9. She spoke with WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt about how her campaign for Assemblyperson had adapted in the midst of social distancing, what she’d do in the assemblyperson position to address police brutality and pervasive racism in the U.S.,…

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