WTIP

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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.
 

Series

Caption: Grand Marais Lighthouse, Credit: Will Moore
317 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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1 Piece

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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3 Pieces

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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44 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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3 Pieces

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

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Superior ice is a fascinating topic for those who live by the big lake – when will it freeze and where. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Communi...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Feb 04, 2011
  • Length: 07:11
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mining Processing Plant, Credit: joeldinda on Flickr
PolyMet Mining Corporation wants to develop Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mining operation. There’s support for the project statewide and the Ir...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2011
  • Length: 07:46
Caption: Redpoll, Credit: Arnstein Rønning on wikimedia
As winter deepens, songbirds continue to flit around the woods and come to our feeders. How do they withstand the cold? Jay Andersen, with WTIP Nor...

Bought by WMPG, WDSE, and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 27, 2011
  • Length: 06:30
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Least Weasel, Credit: Marko_K on Flickr
There are three small members of the weasel family in our part of the world. The one you might see this winter is the smallest -- the least weasel ...

Bought by WDSE and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 18, 2011
  • Length: 06:43
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: CCC camps were segregated by race. Within a year, the black company stationed in Cook County was driven out of town., Credit: Cook County Historical Society
From 1933 to 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps provided millions of young men with forestry work as the United States struggled to pull itself ...

Bought by KREV-LP and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 08:04
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Deer, Credit: Ken Thomas (on wikimedia)
One animal we have plenty of in the north country – deer. They are excellent survivors even in winter. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Communit...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 07:25
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Animal Tracks, Credit: Jomegat (on wikimedia)
Lots of snow means lots of interesting animal tracks in the woods. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talks with local phenologis...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 07:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The passenger boat M/V Wenonah approaches the historic Sivertson fishhouse dock at Isle Royale National Park, Credit: Carah Thomas
The National Park Service is currently developing a plan for Isle Royale National Park that will decide the fate of several North Shore families wi...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Jan 10, 2011
  • Length: 11:08
  • Purchases: 1
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Vicki Biggs-Anderson shares her views on life inspired by happenings on her rural Minnesota homestead where she keeps busy tending to her many anim...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Dec 28, 2010
  • Length: 05:08
  • Purchases: 1
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There’s snow on the ground and it looks like it’ll stay. Ever wonder how it got here and why it looks like it does? Jay Andersen, with WTIP North S...

Bought by WMPG, KSRQ, WDSE, and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Dec 10, 2010
  • Length: 07:19
  • Purchases: 4