UPDATE: If you’ve missed the on-air marathon and would like to make your tax-deductible contribution today, please mail your checks to: WRFI Community Radio, 103 W Seneca St, #305, Ithaca, NY 14850 or click the donate button on the right side of this page. We’ve extended the availability of our premiums for latecomers through Sunday, November 22.
Join your community in supporting your community radio station. Call in your pledge at 607-319-5445 during WRFI’s 3rd annual Fall Fund Drive November 6-15. GREAT prizes, brand new hosts, special guests and, new this year: Your choice of t-shirt or TOTE BAG! TOTES.
Join us Saturday, November 7, 8-11pm at Studio West, 516 W State/MLK St for our opening reception. Help raise awareness of the station and funds to keep it on the air, there’ll be Live DJs, libations, and good cheer. Bring your dancing shoes (and your checkbook!)
- Contributions of $60 or more are eligible for a t-shirt or tote bag. See the designs at wrfi.org. For contributions of $120 or more, you can receive a t-shirt and a tote bag.
- Credit card donations can be made online at wrfi.org, or by calling us at 607-319-5445. If you donate online, please call us and make a pledge as well so we can thank you on air, enter your name in prize drawings, and get your T-shirt or tote bag preference.
- WRFI Community Radio is volunteer-run, listener-supported, non-commercial, local radio.
- We are streaming at wrfi.org. Our schedule is there. Our mission statement is there. Details about our budget and operating costs are there. Click the DONATE button.
- We have a dedicated News Team that broadcasts local and national stories and in-depth interviews each weeknight at 6:00 PM.
- Our website features news stories and recordings from our News team.
- We are always expanding local programming, training volunteers, and finding new ways to extend our outreach in the community. WRFI Community Radio is still a young station. All kinds of growth and training are necessary. Everyone can help. There are many roles and ways to contribute.
- Through our various local shows and news programs, we are keeping the community informed through live coverage of social, cultural, and political events of local importance.
- A community radio station is a valuable and rare asset in any area. We are very lucky to have it, and we must take care to support it and improve it.
- As always, we invite you to come on down to the station to learn what’s involved in making radio and how you can help. Please visit our website to learn more and get in touch.
Improvements and Operation Costs
- WRFI has thrived under the leadership of our Station Manager, Felix Teitelbaum, who has turned our Clinton House offices into a hive of activity since his hiring in October of 2014. He has organized, motivated, and coordinated our volunteers and helped improve communication amongst the staff in order to build upon the robust collaborative spirit that makes WRFI so special.
- In the last month WRFI has made several improvements to our broadcasting infrastructure:
- There’s a new transmitter in Ithaca, which leaves our old one to serve as a backup in case of failure at either location.
- We have a “new” studio-to-transmitter link (STL). This 33-year-old setup of classic broadcast technology providing an analogue signal chain in Ithaca.
- We’ve updated to a new airplay computer, making the work of our daily programming team MUCH more efficient.
- We have many ongoing expenses to keep the station running::
- Utility costs for transmitters
- Tower and transmitter site rentals
- Engineering fees
- Studio rent
- Online streaming services
- Equipment upgrades for better sound quality and broadcast stability
- Equipment maintenance and repair
- And…our part-time general manager position!
Community Radio vs. “Normal” Radio
- The station is operated by listener contributions. We receive no money from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or other federal sources. We do not use underwriters for financial support, and you’ll never hear an advertisement for anything other than WRFI.
- We are non-commercial. On other radio stations, YOU are the product, and you are sold to advertisers. Our station exists to entertain and inform, not for profit.
- Remember, you can always listen to commercial radio with programming determined by corporate advertisers who try to sell you something every fifteen minutes or so on. But, if you value an alternative, we hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to pledge your support to your very own local community radio station, WRFI.