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North Shore Community Radio began broadcasting on April 29, 1998 from a small studio in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, Minnesota. WTIP’s home is in Minnesota’s most remote county, with some of the most pristine and beautiful environment in the United States. Although Cook County is our home geographically, WTIP serves all of the North Shore of Lake Superior, and inland, from Two Harbors, Minnesota to Thunder Bay, Ontario, as well as areas of the South Shore of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our webstream also takes our programs all over the world.
North Shore Community Radio broadcasts locally-produced programs from the WTIP studios as well as national and international music, news and public affairs programming.
WTIP is a community station. Sources of revenue include listener-members, business underwriters, grants, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other sources. However, the most important and valued source of revenue is our ever-growing group of listener-members.
Because WTIP serves some very remote wilderness areas of three States and one Province, our population base is small. We are supported by our listener-members, but we rely on our good friends who visit the area for expanding the membership group. Whether you are visiting for a day, a week, staying for the season or living in the WTIP listening area, we want you to become a member. You can take us home with you by ‘streaming us online through our website: www.wtip.org.


Caption: Maria Nickolay
Maria Nickolay has returned to her home of Cook County after spending several years abroad in Northern Ireland. having just released her first albu...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 38:41
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Twin Cities alt rock band If Eye May made a return appearance on The Roadhouse, before their gig at the Wunderbar in Grand Marais. Great, high-ener...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2018
  • Length: 34:57
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Danny Saathoff is a Twin Cities jeweler and artist who recently received a grant from the MN State Arts Board for his work, "Swinging the Compass,"...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2018
  • Length: 16:52
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With slow travel nearly forgotten, some explorers are rediscovering its charm. Adventurer and writer Stevie Anna Plummer, a former Cook County resi...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2018
  • Length: 19:18
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"The Inconvenient Indian" from the U of MN Press is an unconventional, subversive account of Indian-White relations in North America since initial ...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
  • Length: 26:15
Caption: John Mark Nelson at Papa Charlie's
Twin Cities songwriter John Mark Nelson chats with host Will Moore for a special interview on Sidetracks ahead of a show at Papa Charlie's Wednesda...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 08:16
Caption: Shawn Neary
Shawn Neary is the bass player and multi-instrumentalist for the band Cloud Cult, who last weekend sold out yet another of their annual shows at Pa...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 10:52
Caption: Boyd Blomberg
Longtime Cook County musician Boyd Blomberg comes on Sidetracks to discuss new information about the anticipated second album from local "folky-ton...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 11:16
Caption: Chris Gillis (l.) & Max Bichel
Get into the spirit of Mardi Gras with jazz musicians Chris Gillis, Thomas Stamps and Max Bichel. They joined WTIP's Tracy Bensonand Jay Andersen i...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:37:10
Caption: Cherry Dirt, Credit: Staci Cihlar
The always entertaining Cherry Dirt, the duo of Ryan and Staci Cihlar (as well as Mary the dog), join Will Moore and Carl Solander for a special uk...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2018
  • Length: 41:08
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Musician & songwriter Leah Thomas is well-known for her distinctive voice, killer accordion and clever lyrics, and has played with and fronted many...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 25:28
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We all know someone who's fallen and injured themselves on the ice...maybe it's happened to you, too. Older people are especially vulnerable. Jessi...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 14:35
Caption: SonofMel
John Adler performs as SonofMel, playing talking-style blues with intricate, personal lyrics and deep vocals that have been compared to Johnny Cash...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2018
  • Length: 19:27
Caption: Martha Schouweiler during the 2018 Beargrease., Credit: CJ Heithoff
Fred Smith is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, he shares his perspectives through Wildersmith on the Gunflint.

  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 05:04
Caption: Briand Morrison in Studio A
Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison stopped by The Roadhouse on his way to a gig at Bluefin Bay in Tofte. He shared his smooth jazz music, as well as so...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 32:56
Caption: Dessa at Papa Charlie's
Minneapolis hip hop artist Dessa returns to Papa Charlie's on the North Shore, and to the WTIP airwaves talking to Will Moore on the Scenic Route. ...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 09:00
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Shane Loeffler is a grad student in the Earth Science department at the U of MN, as well as a Finland, Minn. native. He recently came up with a mob...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 14:43
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By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the U of MN has discovered harmful effects of sulfate in waterways, on wil...

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 21:40
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A few of our favorite musical guests, Rich Mattson & the Northstars, stopped by WTIP's Studio A to share some cosmic folk and chat about what they'...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 38:11
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Sean Sherman is an Oglala Lakota chef and founder of The Sioux Chef. His new cookbook, "The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen," shares award-winning ...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 17:12