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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: Photo courtesy of Cook County Historical Society archives
14 Pieces

At age 20, Albert Bally left his college studies in Milwaukee to enlist in the U.S. Army. His letters home to Grand Marais over the next two years follow the highlights of America's World War I experience. With directness and sometimes humor, Al's letters illuminate the challenges of communication and the suspense faced by American families who waited weeks for every precious letter to make it home.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Oct 24, 2017
Caption: Aurora Storm, Credit: Travis Novitsky
40 Pieces

"Anishinaabe Way: Lives, Words and Stories of Ojibwe People" is a radio series by WTIP North Shore Community Radio, exploring the many facets of Ojibwe life. As part of the series you will hear the words and stories of Anishinaabe people, including artists, poets, doctors, scientists, elders and children.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2012
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12 Pieces

Cook County and the Grand Marais Minnesota area is filled with visual artists. This series spotlights some of them.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2012
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26 Pieces

WTIP provides access to area arts and culture through a variety of stories, interviews and features.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jun 29, 2012
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1 Piece

"Behind the Work" is a regular feature on WTIP North Shore Community Radio in Grand Marais, MN. The series is dedicated to exploring people’s lives, what they do to get by, and the contributions people make to the community through work

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2013
Caption: Marcia Hyatt
151 Pieces

Each week, the Best of Ourselves explores what we can do to be intentional, creative and joyful in our lives.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Mar 24, 2016
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11 Pieces

Although Cook County is a wonderful place to raise a family, like many places it is not without its challenges. There has been a great deal of discussion by government entities at all levels regarding the North Shore’s limited housing options. But another problem—perhaps, even more, pressing for young families—is the lack of childcare in the region.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2019
Caption: Kristin DeArruda Wharton
6 Pieces

Kristin DeArruda Wharton is a resident of Cook County, Minnesota and a current fellow with the Bush Foundation. In 2017, DeArruda Wharton approached WTIP with the idea of creating a series of interviews focused on topics relevant to not just health professionals, but anyone who is facing issues related to their own health, and that of their loved ones.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2018
Caption: Dr. Seth Moore, Credit: Carah Thomas-Maskell
37 Pieces

Dr. Seth Moore leads the biology and environment departments at Grand Portage Trust Lands. He appears monthly on WTIP North Shore Community Radio in Grand Marais, MN. The interviews are around 5 minutes in length.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Nov 06, 2012
Caption: WTIP Youth Radio Project, Credit: Carah Thomas
135 Pieces

WTIP's "Engaging Youth Through Radio" project features the work of YRP students. These short 3- to 5-minute features are by youth for youth, and explore issues and themes with a youth focus.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2014

Latest Pieces

Caption: Fred Smith
Fred Smith is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, he shares his perspectives through Wildersmith on the Gunflint.

  • Added: Jun 28, 2019
  • Length: 05:43
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Lake Superior can be beautiful and inspiring, but it also has its share of tragic stories. The commercial fishermen who made a living on the North ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2019
  • Length: 16:53
Caption: Jack Willis and Chris Gillis
The Grand Marais Music Collaborative offers a program that connects local musicians as instructors to young students wanting to learn an instrument...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 10:10
Caption: Mary Bue
Twin Cities songwriter Mary Bue is back from an extended trip to South Asia and back on the North Shore, with a new album not too far behind her. S...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 31:00
Caption: Gene LaFond
Local musician Gene Lafond was lucky enough to have acclaimed, long-time Twin Cities musician Willie Murphy produce all three of his records. In th...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 30:05
Caption: Fish Heads
The Fish Heads are an accomplished Americana trio from Duluth playing a wide variety of original and classic folk and country songs. Comprised of M...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 32:01
Caption: Sky Blue
Sky Blue is a longtime jazz ensemble in Cook County that's taken on many different iterations. The current group features Mike Debevec on piano, Ka...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 25:00
Caption: Chris Koza
Twin Cities songwriter Chris Koza has a brand new album called Sleepwalkers, Part 1. He calls in to the Scenic Route with Will Moore to talk more a...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 11:00
Caption: Matthew Griswold
Matthew Griswold is a songwriter and composer based out of the Twin Cities, originally from Austin, MN. An Army veteran, he has used music to help ...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 36:26
Caption: Eli Bentley
Eli Bentley is a new resident of the Gunflint Trail who may already be familiar to some Cook County music lovers as the dobro player of Ginstrings,...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 26:32