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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.

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INDY MEDIA CNY RECOMMENDS: Greenhouse: Updated for the 114th Congress

In Digital ACtivism, Money In Politics, Move To Amend on March 18, 2015 at 8:03 am

The Greenhouse browser plug-in has been updated for the 114th Congress – 75 freshman members were added in time for their first day in office. Greenhouse is a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that exposes the role money plays in Congress and highlights key election races. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discover the real impact of money on our political system.


To install please visit: For current Greenhouse users on Chrome and Safari, Greenhouse should update automatically. You can test whether you have the update installed by checking if Ruben Gallego’s name is highlighted in this article. If not, and for Firefox users, please follow the manual update instructions in the FAQ here.

Greenhouse has seen a resurgence in popularity over the recent months, here are a few links that highlight the past few months. The first one is a 5-minute talk at an event called Ignite Seattle, about how the Federal Election Commission can and should be taking simple steps to make their campaign contribution data more accessible to the average citizen. Watch it here. The second is an interview with ex-Governor Jesse Ventura, about discuss tech, politics, and Greenhouse, which can be watched here.