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Coronavirus Update, November 27, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 27, 2020

A second Covid-19 testing center opened today in Tompkins County.  The Ithaca Voice reports that Cayuga Health Systems is operating…

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 Adapts to the Pandemic

By Felix Teitelbaum

On March 15, as the New York response to the coronavirus began to take form, we shut the station to all volunteers and the public. With over 80 active volunteers and countless guests, interns, and community members coming through the station on any given day, the risk was just too high to stay fully open. …

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Radio for the Revolution – Support Your Community Station TODAY

By Felix Teitelbaum

So much has happened since I last wrote to you. But, with so many crises facing our communities and the world, WRFI has strived to rise to the occasion. From bolstering our steadfast commitment to local and independent news, to introducing our new Town Hall Meetings, to producing socially-distanced radio from our DJ living rooms,…

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WRFI Hires Assistant General Manager

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since I was hired in 2014 as WRFI’s first employee, it’s been my honor to serve the station as (more or less) it’s only administrative staff person. We’ve come a long way in that time, but there’s so much more we can become than one part-time employee can realistically manage–especially given the major undertakings before…

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2020 Swag

Our communities built WRFI. Your donation can help cement WRFI's future...plus, we'll send you some really cool stuff!

This year's Radio for the Revolution artwork was created by local artist Maryam Adib (@Smarf.Art or @Thrifted_underwear).

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Coronavirus Update, November 18, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 18, 2020

The Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, or TCIDA, awarded emergency grants to local childcare providers to provide financial support for COVID-19 facilities upgrades. The Ithaca Times reports that TCIDA approved the grant program in order to improve coronavirus safety measures at childcare centers. Since June, eligible nonprofits and small businesses statewide have been able to…

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2020 Edition of “Spring Writes” Literary Festival is Virtual

By Esther Racoosin | November 17, 2020

Jennifer Tennant, Artistic Director of Spring Writes literary festival and Robin Schwartz, program manager of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, talk about this year’s festival.  Events begin on Wednesday, November 18th, and continue until Sunday, November 29th.  Attendees can watch presentations via Zoom; some of the talks and panel discussions will allow for…

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Coronavirus Update, November 16, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 16, 2020

There was a public COVID exposure involving an employee at the Ithaca Texas Roadhouse restaurant. According to the Ithaca Voice, the exposures occurred on Tuesday, November 10th from 3PM-10PM, and Wednesday November 11th from 3:30PM-8PM. Tompkins County Health Officials are urging diners who were present at those times to get tested, and monitor any symptoms…

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Coronavirus Update, November 13, 2020

By Peter Champelli | November 13, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department announced Thursday that an employee at Target in the Ithaca Mall worked during their infectious period, and also that the county now has as of this evening, 117 active cases, the greatest number of active cases the county has ever had. The Ithaca Times reports that the Target employee worked…

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Coronavirus Update, November 12, 2020

By Peter Champelli | November 12, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released yesterday from the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there are 19  additional positives, and 9 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 73 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins.  The Health Department also announces that the Cayuga Health sampling site will…

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Coronavirus Update, November 11, 2020

By Peter Champelli | November 11, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released yesterday, Tuesday, November 10th from the Tompkins County health department, indicate that there are 9 additional positives, and _3 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 63 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. In Schuyler County, there are 7 new cases and…

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