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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. 

2022 WRFI Candidate Interviews AUDIO, TRANSCRIPTIONS

By Corinne Shanahan

New York’s redistricting process remains unresolved. But you can still tune in for WRFI’s live interviews with candidates in the primaries for what may be New York’s 22nd US Congressional District and the 53rd NYS Senate District Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6pm. Hosted by Fred Balfour and George Christopher. Interview Schedule Expand The interviews…

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WRFI and Ithaca Voice to jointly cover Good-Cause evictions in March 29th Community Conversation call-in show

By Corinne Shanahan

As part of our ongoing efforts to engage the community in important local issues, WRFI and the Ithaca voice are working together to provide coverage on recent Good-Cause evictions legislation and the surrounding conversation. Should laws be passed to establish a tenant’s right to an automatic lease renewal? Good-cause eviction laws are being considered at…

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“Steppin’ Into My Shoes” Radio Play with the Civic Ensemble – September 11, 18, and 25, 2021

By Felix Teitelbaum

The in-person listening party and talkback at the Cherry ArtSpace was on September 25 and it was a beautful experience. Based on the oral history interviews that members conducted in Fall 2020, the play was produced  exploring themes of family, harm reduction, and hopes and dreams of those who have experienced incarceration. Aiming to disrupt…

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May 4th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 4, 2022

Local politicians are responding to a report from Politico saying the Supreme Court is preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. While the ruling is not yet final, it does indicate fthe court may be poised to end a 50 year precedent establishing the right to abortion services. Local congressional Candidate…

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Interview: NY 22nd Congressional District Candidate Mike Sigler (2022-05-03)

By Felix Teitelbaum | May 3, 2022

Mike Sigler is a Tompkins County Legislator for Lansing (6th District) and a candidate for what was to be the new 22nd NY Congressional district. WRFI’s George Christopher interviewed him on May 3, 2022. Back to all candidates. WRFI News Theme music: Alex Reed. Photo: provided.   Transcription of Interview: George C., WRFI 0:15 Hello…

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May 3rd, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 3, 2022

Two county legislators may find themselves in the same district after redistricting. The Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission has released a proposal for the legislature’s new electoral maps. The new lines would define a new 2nd district where legislator Veronica Pillar, and 4th district legislator Rich John currently live. The county code requires legislators to…

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May 2nd, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 2, 2022

The Tompkins County Independent Redistricting Commission has released a proposal for the county legislature’s new electoral map. The proposal would expand the number of seats in the legislature to 16. The map includes 15 districts that voted for President Biden. In thirteen of those districts Biden won with over 60 percent of the vote. One…

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April 29th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | April 29, 2022

On Wednesday 1st Ward Councilor Cynthia Brock called for an ethics investigation into former Mayor Svante Myrick. According to the Ithaca Times, Brock’s allegations center around the reimagining public safety process. Brock claims the Mayor promised payment to the reimaging public safety task force’s co-leads without council approval and sought funds from outside sources to…

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April 28th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | April 28, 2022

The Tompkins County Health Department has issued a mask advisory for county residents. The Health Department is advising all residents to wear masks regardless of vaccination status when in indoor public spaces. Yesterday, the county reported a total of 14 hospitalizations and a continued increase in the number of new COVID cases. The county will…

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