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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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A New Stage is Set at the Hangar Theatre

By Michael Memis | June 18, 2021

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hangar Theatre’s outdoor stage (Michael Memis/WRFI) The Hangar Theatre is finally re-opening to in-person performances after a year and a half without them. The Hangar celebrated it’s new outdoor theater with a blue ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.  There to celebrate were city officials, members of Tompkins Trust Company, and…

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Remembering Bishop Cecil A. Malone

By Felix Teitelbaum | June 18, 2021

Juneteenth is now officially a federal holiday. President Biden signed it into law on Thursday, making today Juneteenth’s first federal recognized celebration. Businesses are closed. Many Government employees have the day off. The day celebrates the emancipation of black men and women from enslavement in the United States.  But that  passage of history is not…

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Tompkins County Urges New York State to Keep it “Whole” in 2021 Redistricting Process

By Jimmy Jordan | June 16, 2021

Tompkins County State Senate Districts 2021 (SUNY) The Tompkins County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution at their Tuesday meeting, urging that New York State’s 2021 redistricting process place Tompkins County completely in one congressional district and one state senate district.  The Resolution was written by Tompkins County Legislator Martha Robertson. Tompkins County is split between…

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Advocates Continue Push to End College Transcript Withholding in NY

By Michayla Savitt | June 15, 2021

From December 2019 through March 2020, there were about 40,000 cases of transcript withholding in the SUNY system, according to Young Invincibles. (Adobe Stock) ALBANY, N.Y. — A measure to end college transcript withholding due to outstanding debt did not pass this session, but its supporters will continue advocating for those affected by the practice. Ripple effects…

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COVID-19 Update with Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director

By WRFI News Staff | June 11, 2021

Frank Kruppa, Tompkins County Public Health Director Tompkins County is seeing no to low new COVID cases. Numbers haven’t looked like this since August 2020. So, where are we with the pandemic right now? It seems good, like we’re reaching a light at the end of a tunnel, as if that comparison isn’t used enough.…

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2021 Izzy Award Winner: Tim Schwab

By WRFI News Staff | June 11, 2021

One of the largest figures in the American economy and culture, Bill Gates, has only improved his reputation throughout the pandemic.  Gates. and the Gates Foundation, are a point of leadership throughout this global health crisis. Although, Tim Schwab’s reporting paints a picture that is not so singularly benevolent. Schwab is a recipient of the…

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