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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: Knife Lake
4 Pieces

Minnesota's North Shore, like the rest of the planet, is facing a changing climate. There are some who dispute the cause of why this is happening, but few can argue that temperatures are warming, including water temperatures on inland lakes, streams and rivers, and in Lake Superior. These changes to the environment will impact the fish that live in these treasured waters, as well as the many anglers who pursue them. WTIP created this project to cover not just the issues facing the Lake Superior North Shore watershed as the climate changes, but to provide awareness about the realities of these changes.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Jan 24, 2019
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71 Pieces

A series of short features looking at the broad range of issues facing one of the world's largest resources: Lake Superior.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Apr 08, 2015
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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838 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
243 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
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
Caption: Fred Smith
237 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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18 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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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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Caption: American Toad
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
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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
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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
  • Length: 05:00
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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
  • Length: 14:51
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Why do people choose to risk their lives to climb mountains? Only about half the climbers who start up Denali in Alaska make it to the top, and nea...

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The summer sun brings out our garter snakes to bask -- and among other things they’ll be shedding their skins. Jay Andersen, with WTIP North Shore ...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2010
  • Length: 06:20
Caption: CCC Tree Planting Crew, Credit: Cook County Historical Society
In this first installment of "The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps," WTIP North Shore Community Radio explores the beginnings of the CCC.

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2010
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Caption: Joe Carlson, Credit: Carah Thomas
"Behind the Work" is dedicated to exploring people’s lives, what they do to get by, and the contributions people make to the community. It is not o...

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