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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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27 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
207 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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From May to November, canoeing is the talk of the North Shore and the Boundary Waters area. Rightfully so, as the region is in the heart of canoe country. However, the opportunities for outdoor recreation in Cook County and the Lake Superior region are ample.

  • From: WTIP
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2020
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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

Latest Pieces

Caption: Chris Holm and Ben Miller, Credit: Will Moore
Ben Miller is a New York based songwriter originally hailing from Minnesota, and the lead singer of The Federales, a folky country-rock group from ...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2021
  • Length: 31:59
Caption: cover of Kill Your Darlings
Sounds and Sparks is a new feature here on WTIP that features Minnesota musicians telling the stories and meanings behind their latest songs and di...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2021
  • Length: 11:00
Caption: Alexander Craig, Credit: Jeremy Mullinix
Alexander Craig is a Minnesota guitarist who's been playing blues-influenced rock and roll for the better part of 20 years in the Twin Cities. Now ...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2021
  • Length: 27:40
Caption: cover of Song to Sing Before We're Dead
Cyr and the Cosmonauts, led by songwriter Eric Cyr of Duluth, have their second full length album out, called Songs to Sing Before We're Dead. Eric...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2021
  • Length: 16:10
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Many kids are heading back to in-person school, even as the Delta variant is spreading quickly. Dr. Jill Foster, a professor of pediatrics at the U...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2021
  • Length: 11:51
Caption: Jim McGowan in Studio A in July 2019. Photo by Brian Neil.
The "unofficial Roadhouse one-man house band" Jim McGowan stopped by Studio A to play a few songs and chat with Annie and Julie. WTIP's The Roadho...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2021
  • Length: 50:07
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As drought and active wildfires impact the most visited wilderness area in the nation, the U.S. Forest Service announced on Aug. 21 that overnight ...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2021
  • Length: 25:34
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A continuation of the story started in episode 46.

  • Added: Sep 10, 2021
  • Length: 38:59
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There comes a time when a father decides to take his son into the Boundary Waters for the first time. It could be anyone, really. A mother, aunt, u...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2021
  • Length: 30:52
Caption: Andre Robinson
Local hip hop artist Andre Robinson, who makes music under the name Dre AKA Jamaican, makes his Scenic Route debut performing live version of new s...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2021
  • Length: 29:01