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From left to right, at NYSBA Luncheon in Binghamton on Apr. 18: WRFI General Manager Felix Teitelbaum; News Director Laura Rosbrow-Telem; Producer Elena Piech; Producer Skylar Eagle; and Ithaca Voice Managing Editor Kelsey O'Connor. Photo credit: Ofri Telem

WRFI Wins NYSBA Award for Outstanding Public Affairs Program or Series for ‘The Loneliness Radio Project’

By WRFI News Staff

WRFI was recently honored by the New York State Broadcasters Association with a 2019 Excellence in Broadcasting Award for “The Loneliness Radio Project.” We are thrilled to say we won a first place statewide award in the category of Outstanding Public Affairs Program or Series and are so proud of all our collaborators who made…

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Hiring: WRFI News Director – Apply by April 15, 2019

By Felix

Hiring: WRFI News Director (Part-Time) WRFI is seeking to hire a part-time news director who will oversee and develop news programming at the station and who will train and direct volunteers and interns within the news department. The station is also currently accepting proposals for news content collaborations. While this is a temporary hire to…

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Ithaca College Freshman MLK Scholar Visits Civil Rights Monuments: Selma, Montgomery

By WRFI News Staff

Every year, a group of MLK scholars is selected at Ithaca College to pursue social change and educate their peers on injustices. The freshmen travel south, steeping themselves in the history of American racial injustice and the events of the civil rights era, and speaking with people who worked alongside Martin Luther King jr. They…

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A picture of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, a reconciling church that's inclusive of LGBT people, among other groups. (Facebook)

Ithaca pastor responds to United Methodist Church decision to maintain same sex marriage ban [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | March 5, 2019

Retired Methodist pastor Rebecca Dolch served as a pastor for decades in Ithaca, including at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and at Forest Home Chapel Methodist Church. They are both “reconciling churches,” which means they’re inclusive of all sorts of people. Here, Rebecca Dolch speaks with WRFI’s Laura Rosbrow-Telem about a recent United Methodist Church…

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“Bogdan’s Journey” explores a man’s quest to heal a community.

By WRFI News Staff | March 1, 2019

Larry Loewinger, co-director of the documentary film, “Bogdan’s Journey”, talks about how the eponymous character tried to help the residents of his home city, Kielce, Poland, come to terms with the violent pogrom that occurred there over 70 years ago. Loewinger was invited to Ithaca to speak about the film by Cornell’s Jewish Studies Program.This…

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Congressman Tom Reed – Town Halls: February 2019 (Audio)

By Fred Balfour | February 25, 2019

Congressman Tom Reed (NY 23rd District) has started holding more frequent town halls around the district since his serious challenge three months ago from Tracy Mitrano of Penn Yann. On Saturday February 23, 2019, he met with about 50 attendees in Owego (Tioga County) and 60 attendees in Groton (Tompkins County). Attendees raised 14 major…

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Can standardized testing improve teachers? [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | February 23, 2019

A bill detaching students’ scores on state exams from the way teachers are assessed for hiring and promotion passed the state legislature in January. This is a huge reversal in state policy — from emphasizing state tests in teacher evaluations to now, almost doing away with them. In this report by WRFI’s John Yoon, teachers…

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Kitchen Table Conversations: Schools As the Glue in a Community (Audio)

By Fred Balfour | February 22, 2019

And now for another episode in WRFI’s occasional series: Kitchen Table Conversations.  Small towns and villages are watching a slow decline in the number of community organizations —main line churches, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, little league teams, volunteer groups, and locally owned businesses.  Ithaca resident Walter Peck recently retired from 30 years of teaching high…

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New grounds for safe drug injection site bill in Albany — yet no official yes from Ithaca or Tompkins

By WRFI News Staff | February 15, 2019

State legislators are trying to revive a bill establishing supervised injection sites that hasn’t moved since 2017. Here‘s John Yoon reporting for WRFI. As the staggering epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses continues to rage, cities are looking for solutions. You might remember the Ithaca Plan from 2016: a comprehensive drug plan proposed by Ithaca Mayor…

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