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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, 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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Living with Chronic Illnesses in a Pandemic [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | October 23, 2020

According to the CDC, chronic illnesses are “conditions that last 1 year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both.” It’s the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. It’s expensive too. Chronic and mental health conditions make up 90% of the US’ $3.5 trillion…

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Coronavirus Update, October 21, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 21, 2020

Nearly 100 Tompkins residents have been ordered to enter quarantine following possible contact with an individual who traveled to an out-of-state hockey tournament and later tested positive for COVID-19. The Ithaca Voice reports that the Tompkins County Health Department was notified on October 17 of the individual testing positive for COVID-19.  That person is not…

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“Parents2Polls-Tompkins” Helps Busy Families Access Early Voting Options

By Esther Racoosin | October 21, 2020

Yael Saar and Margaret Royall are the organizers of a local Get Out the Vote initiative called Parents2Polls Tompkins.  The two voting advocates discuss the car-side service, that helps parents and seniors who are planning to vote at one of the early voting locations in Tompkins County.  Saar and Royall describe how the service works…

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Coronavirus Update, October 20, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 20, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting local community members about several potential public exposures to COVID-19 at 3 Businesses in Ithaca. Shoppers who went to Wegmans on the following dates and times should seek COVID-19 testing: Wednesday October 7th from 5-8:30pm,  Thursday the 8th, from 5-8:45 p.m., Saturday October 10th from 4:45-9:15pm, or Sunday,…

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Coronavirus Update, October 16, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 16, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department is reporting potential public exposures at 3 Businesses in Ithaca: Ithaca Ale House: 10/9: 7-8:30pm, 10/10: 2:30-4pm Liquid State Brewing Company: 10/10: 4-7pm Wegmans: 10/7: 5-8:30pm, 10/8: 5-8:45, 10/10: 4:45-9:15pm, 10/11: 2-8pm. Anyone who thinks they’ve been exposed should get tested and monitor symptoms. More at — The local…

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Coronavirus Update, October 15, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | October 15, 2020

Three workers at the US Postal Service facility on Warren Road in Ithaca have tested positive for COVID-19, the Ithaca Voice reports. Desai Abdul-Razzaaq, the US Postal service strategic communications coordinator for Western New York and Central Pennsylvania districts, confirmed the news Wednesday morning. The Tompkins County Health Department stated that it would not be…

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