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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: Grand Marais Lighthouse, Credit: Will Moore
Dick Kimmel is an acclaimed and accomplished bluegrass musician who's been active in the regional bluegrass scene for the past 50 years. A clawhamm...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 17:56
Caption: Gordon Thorne and Randy Sabien
Local fingerstyle guitarist Gordon Thorne and Twin Cities fiddler Randy Sabien once again prove to be a dynamic duo in this live session on Scenic ...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2019
  • Length: 32:24
Caption: An estimated 25 million trees toppled during the 1999 Blowdown storm. Photo courtesy of Jim Cordes.
During the early-morning hours of July 4, 1999, a series of thunderstorms roared across northern Minnesota. In what would become forever known as “...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 57:13
Caption: A BWCA camper after the July 4, 1999 Blowdown. Photo courtesy of Jim Cordes
In part three of WTIP’s commemorative look back on the 1999 Boundary Waters Blowdown storm, we hear we hear about what the weather event did to Min...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 11:36
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Paper Parlor is a five-piece group that blends many genres into upbeat tunes. The band is Zach Shears (auxiliary percussion), Chad Hoffland (lead p...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2019
  • Length: 26:22
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Accomplished outdoors writer Cliff Jacobson was recently in the area at the BWCA Expo this past weekend. He also joined Brian on The Roadhouse to ...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2019
  • Length: 19:43
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We recently learned about a company in Two Harbors, Ruth’s Vegetarian Gourmet, that produces gourmet vegetarian and vegan frozen foods—and wanted t...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2019
  • Length: 15:12
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In what ways do we keep ourselves small, quiet, or in denial? Choosing comfort is understandable AND it can keep us from seeing what is really goi...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: A large pine falls on a home during the 1999 Blowdown storm., Credit: Jim Cordes
In part two of WTIP’s commemorative look back on the 1999 Boundary Waters Blowdown storm, we share the stories of four people who were in different...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2019
  • Length: 11:44
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SMILE Network International provides life-altering surgeries and related health care services to impoverished children and adults in developing nat...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2019
  • Length: 15:18