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: Gunflint CCC Camp, Credit: Cook County Historical Society
4 Pieces

The Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC began in the spring of 1933, started by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the onset of the Great Depression. In this series, WTIP North Shore Community Radio explores the legacy left behind by the CCC and the workers who participated in the program.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2011
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984 Pieces

The Roadhouse is an interview and music program that airs live every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. to kick off the weekend.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2012
Caption: Grand Marais Lighthouse, Credit: Will Moore
410 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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12 Pieces

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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9 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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99 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

Latest Pieces

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WTIP's Dick Swanson spoke recently with Mel Duncan, co-founder and director of advocacy & research of Nonviolent Peaceforce. Their mission is to to...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2013
  • Length: 17:37
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WTIP's Buck Benson welcomed retired teacher Tim McDonnell to Studio A recently to chat about his memoir, "The Whole Forest for a Backyard: A Gunfli...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2013
  • Length: 20:10
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WTIP's Dick Swanson talked recently with Dr. Marlene Zuk, professor of ecology, evolution & behavior at the U of Minn., about her recent book, "Pal...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Sep 10, 2013
  • Length: 23:07
  • Purchases: 1
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Wolves have been in the news a lot recently, since they were delisted from federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, and a hunting and t...

Bought by Radio Newark, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, and KSRQ


  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
  • Length: 05:34
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Wooly Bear Caterpillar, Credit: iwona_kellie on Flickr
This year’s winter is gearing up to be a fierce one. But Vicki is ready. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki describes predicting the severity...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
  • Length: 07:26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tom Jack
Tom Jack is an Anishinaabe language and culture teacher in Cook County, Minnesota, originally from Lake of the Woods in Ontario. In this feature, h...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KKWE Niijii Radio, WGZS, KKWE Niijii Radio, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
  • Length: 07:55
  • Purchases: 6
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WTIP's Dick Swanson chatted recently with L.A. film director Tino Struckmann, who will be shooting an action film (working title: "Sdanka's War") o...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Aug 30, 2013
  • Length: 19:45
  • Purchases: 1
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Aug. 28 is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic "I Have a...

Bought by KSRQ and KVSC


  • Added: Aug 27, 2013
  • Length: 20:35
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Snakes molt head first
An important part of being a reptile is going through molting…that’s the only way they can grow. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio t...

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


  • Added: Aug 23, 2013
  • Length: 07:22
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Molting red-tailed hawk
An important part of being a bird is going through the molt, or molts…because it’s a constant replenishing of what makes birds, birds: feathers. Ja...

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


  • Added: Aug 23, 2013
  • Length: 07:26
  • Purchases: 3