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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. 

Thanks For Your Feedback! WRFI Newscasts Win Award

By Felix Teitelbaum

Thank you so much to everyone who filled out our listener survey! Since January 25, 2021 we’ve been focusing on bringing you headline newscasts throughout each weekday and we must be doing something right because we won the 2021 regional award for Best Newscast from the New York State Broadcasters Association!  We heard from dozens…

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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 drecckio@tompkins-co.org,…

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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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Latest from the WRFI News Team

Daily features and interviews from our community

May 17th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 17, 2022

Yesterday, “Special Master” Jonathan Cervas released a draft of the State’s new congressional districts. The map would create 21 districts where  President Biden won the popular vote in 2020, and 5 where former President Trump did. According to Politico the map is expected to be finalized by this Friday. The originally proposed map would have…

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May 16th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 16, 2022

Tompkins County Public Health Director and Mental Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa is warning of fentanyl in street drugs. According to the Ithaca Voice, Kruppa said Fentanyl is “in all street drugs”  including marijuana and that users should “assume” the drug’s presence. Fentanyl is about 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine…

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May 13th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 13, 2022

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is launching an unarmed response pilot program as part of the county’s reimagining public safety plan. The program will use unarmed sheriff’s clerks to respond to certain non-emergency calls.. The sheriff’s office says the program will free up time for deputies to respond to emergency calls, conduct investigations, and build…

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Interview: Congressional Candidate Josh Riley (2022-05-12)

By Felix Teitelbaum | May 12, 2022

Josh Riley is an attorney and a candidate for Congress. WRFI’s George Christopher interviewed him on May 12, 2022. Transcription to follow. Back to all candidates.   WRFI News Theme music: Alex Reed. Photo: provided.

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May 12th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 12, 2022

According to the New York Times, on Tuesday a federal judge delayed New York’s congressional and state senate primaries until August 23. The move will allow time to redrawn district maps.  On Wednesday Steuben County Supreme Court Judge Patrick McAllister issued orders setting rules for the primary. Candidates who were already qualified will not need…

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Interview: NY State Senate Candidate Lea Webb (2022-05-11)

By Felix Teitelbaum | May 11, 2022

Lea Webb is a former Binghamton City Councilmember and a candidate for New York State Senate. WRFI’s Fred Balfour interviewed her on May 11, 2022. Transcript to follow. Back to all candidates. WRFI News Theme music: Alex Reed. Photo: provided.

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