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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. 

Thank you to our fantastic supporters!

By katrina

WRFI Community Radio is on the air thanks to the support of our listeners, like Gail & Naoki Sakai, Suzanne & Lynn McMannis, Esther Racoosin, Karl Madeo who gave in memory of Fred Madeo, and Sandra Repp.  To learn how you can join them in keeping our local independent community radio station on the air,…

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Thanks to everybody who contributed to our 2013 Spring Fundraiser!

By katrina

Last month we managed to raise $6944 from 104 donors!  Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped get our letter printed and into the mail on time, as well as those volunteers who modeled our new T-shirt design around town during the Ithaca Festival and beyond — we are working on getting shirts printed…

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Spring Fundraiser and Pirate Logo Shirts!

By admin

WRFI is holding our spring fundraising campaign and we have limited-edition vintage pirate radio logo t-shirts available to donors who contribute of $60 or more.  These shirts were designed by the Radio Free Ithaca pirate radio station in the early 1980’s. These shirts are one-of-a-kind, printed on high-quality made-in-USA American Apparel t-shirts and produced locally…

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Latest from the WRFI News Team

Daily features and interviews from our community

August 5th, 2022 Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | August 5, 2022

Early Wednesday night, the Cayuga Nation Police Department demolished several buildings in Seneca Falls under the direction of Cayuga Nation representative Clint Halftown. Halftown is the federally recognized leader of the Nation, despite having been removed from his position multiple times by the Gayogoho:no Council of Chiefs, the traditionally recognized leadership of the Cayuga Nation.…

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August 4th, 2022 Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | August 4, 2022

On Monday, it was announced that the Ithaca Housing Authority would be awarded $58 million from the state to develop affordable housing in the city. According to Finger Lakes Daily News, the money will go towards the development of 118 affordable and modern housing units. Overlook Terrace on Hector St. and Southview Gardens on S…

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August 3, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | August 3, 2022

Former Northeast Elementary principal Liddy Coyle has secured a new position as Principal on Special Assignment for the Ithaca City School District. According to WHCU, Coyle’s new position will involve researching and securing grants for the district. Coyle’s departure from the Principal position several months ago was met with anger and confusion from parents, students,…

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August 2, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | August 2, 2022

On Wednesday August 10th, the Tompkins County Health Department will be hosting a free Moderna booster clinic. Those 18 and older seeking their first booster dose are eligible to attend this clinic. For those seeking a second dose, the requirements are a little bit tighter: those 50 and older who received their first dose at…

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July 29, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Devon Jezek | July 29, 2022

On Wednesday, The Tompkins County Workers’ Center and the Alternatives Federal Credit Union announced a new living wage for Tompkins County. The Workers’ Center Coordinator Pete Meyers said they’re feeling quite excited because “the living wage gets updated every two years. This is the first time ever since 2006 that we decided to do it…

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July 28, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | July 28, 2022

Independent candidate for Ithaca mayor Katie Sims has received the endorsement of the Working Families Party. Sims, who is running to the left of both incumbent Laura Lewis and Republican candidate Zachary Winn, is focusing her platform on housing justice and combating climate change. According to the Ithaca Voice, the Working Families Party has endorsed…

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