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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. 

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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Love and Radio in the Time of COVID-19

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

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, we’ve deepened our commitment to the kind of community building that…

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Daily features and interviews from our community

Headlines for August 19, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | August 19, 2022

On Wednesday Tompkins Area Consolidated Transit or TCAT confirmed the details of it’s cuts to service which will go into effect on Sunday. Routes affected by the cuts include 82, 11, 13, and 20 which will see some reduction in frequency. More details on the changes to TCAT’s service at their website. The City of…

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Headlines for August 18, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | August 18, 2022

Tompkins County continues to bring in more funds than it spends. At its meeting Tuesday the County Legislature heard from Finance Director Rick Snyder that unspent funds have reached $62 million, an increase of $44 million over the past nine years. Much of the increase is due to higher than expected sales tax revenue. In…

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Headlines for August 17, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | August 17, 2022

Tompkins Area Consolidated Transit or TCAT will receive more that $8.5 million from the Federal Transit Administration. The funds will be used to expand the operator’s electric vehicle fleet which, since April of 2021, has included seven fully electric buses. The new funds will be used to purchase six more full-sized electric buses and 4…

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Headlines for August 16, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | August 16, 2022

New York prisons will no longer allow people to send care packages directly to incarcerated loved ones. According to the Associated Press, the change is part of an effort to keep contraband materials out of prisons. While the new rule will mean prisoners can no longer receive things like homemade cookies, deliveries can still be…

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Headlines for August 15, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | August 15, 2022

The Ithaca Farmers Market is now offering online shopping. Orders can be made at ithacamarket.com and pickup can be arranged at Steamboat Landing or at Press Bay Alley. Qualified low-income shoppers can apply for a 60% discount. Early voting in NY started on Saturday. Votes may be cast in the primary races for State Assembly…

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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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