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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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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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"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

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In this feature, Bob Carter, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, speaks with Kaziah Hancock, a goat rancher and painter who created Project Comp...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2010
  • Length: 23:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Summer is taking on purples, golds and blues in the woods and along our roadsides. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore Community Radio, talks with ...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2010
  • Length: 06:05
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In this feature, Anthropologist Dr. Matthew Boyd of Thunder Bay, Ontario talks about his latest research, which uncovered evidence that Native peo...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2010
  • Length: 17:22
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Caption: Indian Souvenir Stand, Canadian Border Crossing, Grand Portage, MN
The eighth segment of “Walking the Old Road: The Story of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Chippewa” pieces together first-hand accounts to explo...

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2010
  • Length: 07:01
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Lots of warm summer days, plenty of moisture and cool breezes – it’s perfect weather for the youngsters to come out and play. Jay Andersen, with WT...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2010
  • Length: 05:08
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In 1997, Sona Mehring combined her experience in IT with a passion for helping people to start CaringBridge in 1997. Since then, the Eagan-based or...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2010
  • Length: 17:45
Caption: Sea Otter Hunters, 1896
In this episode of Points North, Shawn discusses a common thread through American history, where the culture of slaughter for market has depleted m...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2010
  • Length: 08:05
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Lake Superior is already warmer than usual for this time of year. As people migrate to the big lake for a stroll or picnic, there are plenty of uni...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2010
  • Length: 05:13
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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...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2010
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When you think of downtown Minneapolis grocery stores, fresh, locally-produced and organic don't immediately spring to mind. But that's just what A...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2010
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