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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 16, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 16, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of potential COVID-19 exposures at the Wegmans Sub Shop and Downtown Ithaca Post Office. The individuals who tested positive and close contacts identified are in quarantine.  Potential public exposure may have occurred at Wegmans Sub Shop, 500 S Meadow St., Ithaca on Saturday, December 5, 10:00am…

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Coronavirus Update, December 15, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 15, 2020

Employees at Collegetown Bagels and Ithaca Bakery outlets expressed relief Monday after the owners of the local food cafes responded to a widely-circulated workers rights petition. The Cornell Daily Sun reports that the employees’ requests for better COVID-19 safety measures and hazard pay were heard.  In their petition, employees at CTB and Ithaca Bakery asked…

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Coronavirus Update, December 14, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 14, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the public of numerous potential COVID-19 exposures in the area. The latest warning details that an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 had attended a funeral service at Perkins Funeral Home in Dryden during the time when they could have infected others. The individual who tested positive is…

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Coronavirus Update, December 11, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 11, 2020

It was revealed at a press conference held Friday by New York Governor Cuomo that household and social gatherings account for nearly 74% of COVID-19 transmissions. The state’s date doesn’t even account for the number of cases that have grown exponentially since the holidays. For two months, 46,000 cases were studied beginning at the start…

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Coronavirus Update: December 10, 2020

By Peter Champelli | December 10, 2020

Tompkins County held another COVID-19 town hall last night to speak to the community and take questions. There, county leaders talked about the coronavirus vaccine and handling nursing home outbreaks, reports the Ithaca Times.  Public Health Director Frank Kruppa says the Southern Tier will be getting 4,500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine sometime this week.…

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Coronavirus Update, December 9, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | December 9, 2020

According to the Ithaca Voice, today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo revealed that over 170,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed throughout New York State. 4,500 of those doses will go to the Southern Tier region which encompasses Tompkins and Schuyler counties. Nursing home residents and staff members, along with general healthcare workers will…

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