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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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03/22/2021 PM Newscast

By WRFI News Staff | March 22, 2021
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County Administrator, Jason Molino, Talks One Year of COVID-19

By WRFI News Staff | March 19, 2021

Jason Molino, Tompkins County’s Administrator, released a letter to the community to mark a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect life in Tompkins County.  He sat down with WRFI News Director Jimmy Jordan to talk about that letter

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Q: How can a Youth Ice Hockey League Play During a Pandemic? (A: Their Parents)

By Jimmy Jordan | March 19, 2021

Pamela Tan is both a member on WRFI’s news team, and also volunteers with her son’s youth hockey team. Everything from grocery shopping to the way we see our families has been affected by COVID. Hockey is no exception.

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Back the Blue Rally Calls for Rejection of Police Reform Plan, Met with Counter-Protests

By WRFI News Staff | March 15, 2021

A “Back the Blue” rally held on Sunday, on the Ithaca Commons. Ralliers were there criticizing in full the Reimagining Public Safety Draft Report from the City of Ithaca, and Tompkins County.  But the afternoon’s affair was met with anti-racist counter-protestors. The Back the Blue rally was organized by Rocco Lucente Jr.. He stood on…

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Domestic Violence During COVID-19

By WRFI News Staff | March 12, 2021

While domestic violence has always been a serious societal issue, the challenges survivors face in seeking help have changed, and in many ways increased, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations such as the Tompkins County Advocacy Center have adapted in how they offer services to survivors and have gained new approaches in how…

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Tompkins Food Future: Development of a Food Systems Plan in Tompkins County

By Esther Racoosin | March 12, 2021

Katie Hallas, the Coordinator of the Community Food System Plan, discusses Tompkins Food Future.  This project will create a local food system whereby sustainable, equitable healthy and affordable food is available for all members of our community. For more information, visit (photo: Compost SDIM0891 by Stefan Szczelkun, courtesy of Creative Commons)  

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