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Local nonprofit Rejoice the Vote announces art contest winners

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 their vote is a powerful tool despite efforts at suppression; promotes the movement to lower the legal voting age to sixteen; and highlights youth activists (historical or contemporary) who fought and continue to fight for voting rights, especially for our youngest citizens.

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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. 

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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Help WRFI Get a Strong Start for 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

2020 has been a rough year, and your small but mighty community station has been here with with you every step of the way. Please join our year-end campaign and help us raise $17,000 so we can take on 2021. Every little bit helps deliver more great local programming emphasizing inclusion, justice, and truth. When…

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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, December 29, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 29, 2020

We’ll start by looking at the local COVID-19 caseload. The number of hospitalizations due to complications from the virus have more than doubled since last Monday. According to the Tompkins County health department, as of the time of our 6 p.m. broadcast there are 29 people hospitalized. There are 14 additional positives and 13 new…

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Coronavirus Update, December 28, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 28, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting a number of potential public exposures to COVID-19. The toy store Alphabet Soup, at 171 East State Street in Ithaca is reporting potential exposures from 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 22nd and Wednesday December 23rd. The TCAT bus system is reporting eight potential exposures on…

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Coronavirus Update, December 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 23, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of a potential COVID-19 exposure at the Walmart in Ithaca. The exposure occurred on Monday, December 14, 2020, from 8:30am-6:30pm, and Tuesday, December 15, 2:00pm-12:00am. The health department recommends anyone who may have been exposed to the virus to monitor their health for any COVID-19 symptoms.…

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NAISAC seek justice from Cornell University [Audio]

By WRFI News Staff | December 21, 2020

Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell, or (NAISAC), are calling on Cornell University to make changes to support Indigenous students and acknowledge the university’s founding. WRFI News Intern Tessie Devlin reports.  

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Coronavirus Update, December 18, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 18, 2020

Tompkins County has yet to receive any doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine even though shipments around the state began on Tuesday. The Southern Tier region will receive 4,500 of the 170,000 doses available for distribution as of now. Cayuga Health Systems, or CHS, is expected to lead the vaccine distribution. Cayuga Medical Center spokesperson…

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Coronavirus Update, December 17, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 17, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposures at the Ithaca Applebee’s, Tops Markets Bakery in Lansing, and on TCAT Bus Routes 14 and 30. The individuals who tested positive and close contacts identified are in quarantine. It was announced this afternoon by the Tompkins County Health Department that a…

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