Community Radio in Ithaca, Watkins Glen, North Syracuse, and the City of Syracuse

In Digital ACtivism, Media on March 5, 2016 at 11:23 am

Community radio is a radio service offering a third model of radio broadcasting in addition to commercial and public broadcasting. Community stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular and relevant to a local, specific audience but is often overlooked by commercial or mass-media broadcasters. Community radio stations are operated, owned, and influenced by the communities they serve. They are generally nonprofit and provide a mechanism for enabling individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own stories, to share experiences and, in a media-rich world, to become creators and contributors of media.”  Read more at

Dear Reader, we welcome you to avail yourself of several community radio stations that CNY has to offer.

WRFI at 88.1 FM in Ithaca, and 91.9 FM in Watkins Glen have been broadcasting on their own license since 2012.  thier mission statement is to be “community owned and operated, providing access to the airwaves and an opportunity to learn the craft of radio while serving the general well-being of its community” while also informing and entertaining. WRFI lists some focus areas of values guiding content as: Peace, Justice, Sustainability, Freedom of expression, Cultural diversity, Integrity and Joy.

Listen now at

 Spark! Radio will soon begin broadcasting on 93.5 FM in the City of Syracuse and 103.3 FM in the northern suburbs.  Programming is currently available online for streaming at

Spark!’s mission is “to enable your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends to have an expanded voice . . . . with local program hosts that will be live and local as close to 24/7 as possible . . . . with interviews, performances and feedback from local community members as well.”  Spark! will also focus on promoting local music by “a continuing commitment to air at least one local song per hour, every hour of every day, all year long.”

Thanks to WRFI for using Indy Media CNY as a source of material for it’s on-air daily newscasts!  We are hoping Spark! will do the same!  You can also apply to have your own show on either station as well, just visit the website addresses above to find out how.

Learn more about low-power radio straight from the FCC at

  1. This is great! Advocated for such as this years ago ..

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