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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. 

Creatives on WRFI: Karan Casey and Ellen Grady

By Felix Teitelbaum

Felix Teitelbaum interviews Irish singer-songwriter Karan Casey and Ellen Grady of the Ithaca Catholic Worker. Casey will be performing a benefit for the Catholic Worker on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at the Community School of Music and Arts. Casey is a founding member of the American/Irish supergroup Solas and has released 9 albums of her…

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WRFI’s The Scene Interviews Artist Al-An deSouza on Transcending Boundaries

By Chantal Thomas

This week’s episode of The Scene features an interview with artist and photography professor Al-An deSouza. The Scene’s Chantal Thomas speaks with Professor deSouza about their exhibition, Elegies of Futures Past, at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art, and its meditations on family memory, colonial empire and diasporic identity.  (original air date: November 4, 2022) The Scene airs every…

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Creatives on WRFI: House of Ithaqua Presents Pontypool

By Staff Editor

Stevie Eve Chaneles and Bea Bornstein speak with Pontypool director Jeff Hodges and actors Mike Chen and Ivony Whiteley. HOI is proud to present Pontypool (running November 18-December 3, 2022) by Tony Burgess as an audio horror drama directed by HOI co-founder Jeff Hodges. The show centers on disgraced radio DJ Grant Mazzy, who finds himself…

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June 7, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | June 7, 2022

On Monday, Congressional candidate Josh Riley received endorsements from Tompkins County Democratic mainstays Martha Robertson and Irene Stein. Robertson was a Democratic nominee in the former 23rd, and Stein has chaired both the Democratic Rural Conference and the Tompkins County Democratic Committee. According to the Ithaca Voice, both are confident that Riley will work to…

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June 6, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | June 6, 2022

Starbucks is closing its College Ave location in a move that Starbucks union organizers are calling a “union bust”. According to NPR, the store was given one week’s notice of the shut down.The store will close June 10th. The Collegetown store was one of three Starbucks locations in Ithaca to vote to unionize this spring.…

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June 3, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | June 3, 2022

The ballot for Ithaca’s special mayoral election this November has been finalized. There are three candidates in the running: Democrat incumbent Laura Lewis, Republican Zachary Winn, and independent Katie Sims. According to the Ithaca Voice, the winner will serve the remainder of former Mayor Svante Myrick’s term, due to his early resignation in January. There…

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June 2, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | June 2, 2022

The Tompkins County Health Department is asking for help to find a dog that bit a person last Saturday. The dog was described as a large, brown, short-haired dog with a short nose, possibly boxer or boxer mix. The woman seen walking the dog is described as wearing a pink dress with medium brown hair…

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June 1st, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | June 1, 2022

Last week, Tompkins County legislator Mike Sigler ended his campaign for Congress. According to, Sigler dropped out after the approval of the State’s new Congressional maps. Sigler, a Republican, launched his campaign in the proposed 22nd congressional district. However, the new maps will place Tompkins into the 19th congressional district. Sigler has chosen not…

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May 31, 2022 Daily Headlines

By Griffin Frechette | May 31, 2022

State Assemblymember Anna Kelles has endorsed Josh Riley in New York’s 19th congressional district. According to the Ithaca Voice, Kelles, who represents Tompkins and Cortland counties in the State Assembly, called Riley a “champion for working families.” Riley, an Ithaca resident, initially mounted his campaign in New York’s 22nd congressional district, but switched to the…

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