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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: Grand Marais Lighthouse, Credit: Will Moore
331 Pieces

The Scenic Route is an hour long weekly program featuring the music of musicians from the north shore of Minnesota and the Lake Superior region, along with interviews and announcements of events. It gives exposure to arts and culture in our area for locals and visitors.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2014
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Minnesota's North Shore stretches from Duluth to the Canadian border. Known for its dramatic and pristine natural landscape, the area also has a history as unique and diverse as its geography.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2022
Caption: The St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in the heart of Chippewa City, Credit: Cook County Historical Society
8 Pieces

A monthly series of 5 to 10 minute features told through the words and stories of the people who lived in Chippewa City, a native village outside of Grand Marais on Minnesota's North Shore.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Mar 05, 2011
Caption: Frank Hansen
2 Pieces

Frank Hansen has been a member of the North Shore West End community since 1957 and has written the West End News for many years. He enjoys sharing news of the folks and the events in the West End with a broader audience.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jul 23, 2011
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Since our very first broadcast, WTIP Community Radio has enjoyed interacting with the youth of our community. We have had young people in the studio for youth radio projects and to give us the latest school news report. We have reported on sporting events, plays, and of course graduation ceremonies. And…we periodically check in with these former Cook County residents as they’ve gone on to interesting adventures and important careers in a series called Where Are They Now?

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2021
Caption: Fred Smith
301 Pieces

Fred Smith, a native Iowan who re-located to the wilderness of border country at the end of the century, writes about the happenings in the upper Gunflint territory in Northeastern Minnesota. Join Fred each week as he shares his perspective of life in the woods.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Aug 28, 2018
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56 Pieces

This podcast is all about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It is a place to hear stories from the people who visit this amazing outdoor playground. It is also a venue to learn more about the gear that helps adventuring in this unique setting be all the more enjoyable.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2019
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This series focuses on the local workforce housing crunch facing Cook County. It shares anecdotes of the struggles people face when trying to find a long-term rental in the county, a comparison of the local market with other tourist destinations across the United States, and possible solutions to the local issues involved with finding a house to rent or own in Cook County.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2018
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53 Pieces

Stories created by youth in and around Cook County Minnesota

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2016

Latest Pieces

Caption: Alexander Craig, Credit: Jeremy Mullinix
Alexander Craig is a Twin Cities-based guitarist currently recording a new album full of new songs with a new direction in mind. Craig says this up...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 43:00
Caption: Cover of Vegas Motel
Mark Joseph is a longtime Minnesota-based songwriter known for being part of the Big Wu and frequent trips to the Cook County area performing with ...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 12:15
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Ian Tamblyn is an award-winning and long heralded folk musician from Canada who has recorded over 45 albums and fills his music with a love of adve...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 34:28
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Twin Ports band One Less Guest made their way out West to Anaheim, CA last year to continue their musical journey, but not before recording a numbe...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 11:29
Caption: John Gruber, Credit: Sterling Anderson
Local guitarist John Gruber joined us live on the air from Studio A once again on the Scenic Route, playing both jazzy original songs and beloved f...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 35:00
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Austin Carson of Minneapolis creates multi-layered and multi-faceted electronic tunes as YYY. His latest album aquadungeonafterdark features 10 new...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 14:41
Caption: This Aster
Sounds and Sparks is a new series on WTIP that features Minnesota musicians discussing the latest songs on their newest albums. We go track by trac...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 15:50
Caption: Fred Anderson at WTIP in 2019. Photo by Will Moore
Lutsen guitarist Fred Anderson joined Dave and Julie on The Roadhouse. WTIP's The Roadhouse is supported in part by funding from the Minnesota Art...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2021
  • Length: 34:40
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We could not pass up the chance to chat with Bob King of the Astrobob blog one more time, and as luck would have it, he’s on a big adventure. Bob s...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2021
  • Length: 14:30
Caption: Snowy Forest, Sawbill Trail by Travis Novitsky
Weather has been a big topic of conversation along the North Shore so far in December, starting off with a couple big snows. Julie spoke with MPR ...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2021
  • Length: 08:38