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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. 

Interview with Matt Kadane (New Year / Bedhead) [AUDIO]

By Domenic Gagliano

Matt Kadane stopped by the WRFI Community Radio studios to discuss his work in Bedhead, The New Year and other projects with selections played highlighting his long career in music. The New Year’s latest record “Snow” came out in 2017. (interview edited for rebroadcast, original airdate 11/11/18) Many thanks to Matt, and for all the…

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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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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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Cornell Professor Matt Evangelista talks about “Paths to Peace” [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | September 12, 2018

Matt Evangelista, Professor of Government at Cornell University, talks about “Paths to Peace”. The series of events taking place in September honors the legacy of peace activist and scholar Randall “Randy” Forsberg, who died in 2007. Some of the events on the Cornell campus are lectures, films and art exhibits examining the issues of nuclear…

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Tompkins County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2018, produced by WRFI and the Ithaca Voice [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | September 12, 2018

The three candidates for Tompkins County sheriff in 2018, retired Undersheriff Derek Osborne, independent journalist Josh Brokaw, and Sheriff Ken Lansing, participated in a forum on WRFI Community Radio and streamed live on Facebook by the Ithaca Voice. Osborne and Lansing are competing against each other in the Democratic primary. That primary’s election is on Thursday, Sep.…

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Featured image description: Cynthia Nixon speaking in Ithaca at Argos Inn on Jun. 3. Photo credit: Nick Reynolds

Cynthia Nixon speaks to WRFI before Ithaca visit on Sep. 1 [AUDIO]

By Laura Rosbrow-Telem | August 31, 2018

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon spoke with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem on the phone about how Nixon plans to court voters in Upstate, including folks beyond Bernie supporters. She also shared some hints about her major environmental announcement in Ithaca, among other topics — including marijuana. Cynthia Nixon will visit Ithaca on Saturday and address a crowd…

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Michael Lausell discusses his campaign for NY’s 58th senate district primary on Sept. 13. [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | August 29, 2018

Michael Lausell, candidate for NY’s 58 senate district, spoke with WRFI’s Fred Balfour about his campaign for the Sept. 13th primary. Sitting at Michael’s stand at the weekly Montour Falls Farmer’s Market, he described his background and work in central New York. He describes his priority issues including health care, reducing property taxes, living wage…

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