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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 10, 2020

By Peter Champelli | November 10, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York will take a “microcluster” approach as infection rates are climbing in areas of New York, including Erie County, Monroe County, and Onondaga County. Cuomo said that he’ll work with local officials on the new restrictions, as these areas have seen infection rates climb from around 1% to around…

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Coronavirus Update, November 9, 2020

By Peter Champelli | November 9, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released on Sunday from the Tompkins County Health Department, indicate that there are 12 additional positives, and 4 new recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves 60 active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. In Schuyler County, there are 10 new cases of COVID-19 reported…

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Interview: Leslie Danks Burke, State Senate democratic challenger [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 9, 2020

On the day after election day, WRFI General Manager Felix Teitelbaum interviewed State Senate Democratic challenger for the 58th District, Leslie Danks Burke. Burke was the most popular candidate in Tompkins County, but ultimately lost to Republican incumbent Tom O’Mara, who won the 2020 election. Listen to the full interview below, and hear local news…

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Coronavirus Update, November 6, 2020

By Peter Champelli | November 6, 2020

Looking at the local COVID-19 caseload, the latest numbers, released today from the Tompkins County Health Department, indicate that there are 6 additional positive cases, and 3 recoveries. According to the County Health Department, that leaves _50__ active cases of COVID-19 in Tompkins. In Schuyler County, there are 7 new cases of COVID-19 reported as…

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Coronavirus Update, November 5, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 5, 2020

Kendal at Ithaca retirement community announces that it will reopen to visitors as early as next week following nearly 3 weeks of closure due to residents and staff testing positive for COVID-19. The Ithaca Voice reports that during the three-week shutdown, Kendal administrators published daily updates on positive tests and steps being taken to reduce…

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Coronavirus Update, November 4, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 4, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department recently received a $40,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, according to the Ithaca Times. The money was given as part of a rapid response effort to support local health departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health Department said that they are using the money to fund a mobile COVID-19 testing…

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