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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.
 

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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
391 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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9 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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97 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

Caption: Autum willow
The woods and wetlands are full of willow species. One of them keeps its catkins well into winter – and that’s a good way to identify them. Jay And...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2011
  • Length: 06:55
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lake Superior herring
When Scandinavian immigrants came to the north shore, they brought with them remembrances of herring fishing in the oceans. Lake Superior herring a...

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


  • Added: Nov 15, 2011
  • Length: 07:12
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Evening grosbreak feeding young
For years evening grosbeaks have been common at local birdfeeders. Not so much recently. Is the decline just a cycle or a major change for these co...

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


  • Added: Nov 08, 2011
  • Length: 07:10
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Stand of birch
The paper birch is an iconic symbol of the north shore and north woods. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist ...

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


  • Added: Nov 01, 2011
  • Length: 07:37
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Northern shrike
Fall moves toward winter – sometimes in slow motion, sometimes quickly. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio spoke to local naturalist...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: Oct 25, 2011
  • Length: 07:23
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Autumn leaves
If trees didn’t lose their leaves in the fall, a whole lot of good things on the forest floor just wouldn’t happen. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Sho...

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


  • Added: Oct 18, 2011
  • Length: 06:44
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Northern Leopard Frog, Credit: Andy on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/andy_emcee/)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced Endangered Species Act protection is not warranted for the northern leopard frog in 19 states...

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


  • Added: Oct 18, 2011
  • Length: 05:46
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Great Lakes Basin, Credit: NASA
Seventh Generation planning: preparing for the effects of climate change on Native American tribes. This is the second in two part discussion on cl...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, and Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota


  • Added: Oct 11, 2011
  • Length: 06:11
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Earth , Credit: Photo from NASA via Wikimedia Commons
Preparing for the effects of climate change on Native American tribes. This is the first in two part discussion on climate change with wildlife bi...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota, WDSE, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, KSRQ, Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 11, 2011
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Wolly aphid
Tiny bluish insects with skirts and millions of very small moths. It’s autumn on the North Shore. Jay Andersen of WTIP North Shore Community Radio ...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2011
  • Length: 07:39