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About WTIP

WTIP is the first community radio station broadcasting on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Visitors and residents spread out over 1,500 square miles of woods and waters come together through WTIP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides an arena for information-gathering, discussion, and expression.

WTIP was launched by a small group of pioneering volunteers sitting around a kitchen table who believed that local radio in Cook County could play an important role in building a sense of shared community.

Since our inception in April 1998, the need and demand for WTIP’s services has grown...

John Silliman

Volunteer since:

All the ways I contribute to WTIP...
I host the Classic Country, Polka Time,...

Nick Vavrichek
Volunteer since:
All the ways I contribute to WTIP…
I host North Shore Digest on Tuesdays with Kent...
Susan Maijala
Volunteer since:
I don't remember exactly what year I started volunteering.  Probably around 1994 when I began attending planning meetings, bake sales, dance-a-thons...

The WTIP Board of Directors works to uphold WTIP’s mission at all levels of the station’s operations. For more information about the board contact Deb Benedict.
 Current members:                   
The Community Advisory Board meets annually to discuss WTIP programming as well as the station's integration in and service to the larger community.

As of spring 2017, CAB members are:

Jim Boyd
Sue Hakes
Bill Hansen   
Thelma Hedstrom
Dennis LaBoda
Debi LaMusga  
Amber Pfeil 
Mike Schelmeske      
Jennifer Schulz
The following are WTIP staff and volunteer award winners in the 2015 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters news contest. Awards will be presented April 8 at the annual AP banquet at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington.

WTIP Station Manager Debbie Benedict said the... See all »
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Deb Benedict
Deb Benedict has been WTIP’s executive director since 2001. Under her leadership, the station has grown to over 1,000 members and now numbers over 70 on-air volunteers and eight staff. All this growth lead Deb to pursue the purchase of a new home for the station, nearly tripling the size of...
Jana facepainting at 2011 Radio Waves
Jana started at WTIP in November of 2007 as the Development Assistant.  In that position she was able to amaze some of her co-workers with her knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, and her ability to create last-minute Goal-o-Meters come membership drive time!  In June...
Jay Andersen
Jay was born in a log cabin near Springfield Mo. In 18--- wrong bio.
Jay Andersen joined WTIP as a news reporter in June of 2008. He has a long background in news gathering, having previously been editor at two community newspapers. Between editing jobs Andersen worked as a non-profit...

Jeff Nemitz
Jeff Nemitz is WTIP’s engineer extraordinaire. Jeff’s skills and abilities keep WTIP’s signal on the air. When not trouble shooting technical problems, Jeff can be found sailing around Devil Track...
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Joe is the news director for WTIP. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Montana, where he graduated in 2005. He also works as a freelance journalist, reporting on a variety of North Shore topics. When he’s not reporting news, Joe can be found at one of his favorite fishing...
Matt Brown
Matthew is the Program Director . He likes working with all of the volunteers, the local music and Lake Superior. He has Lived in Cook County since 1997  and has a rescue dog named Pepper....
Rhonda Silence
Rhonda Silence grew up in Grand Marais, moved away for 20-plus years and worked a variety of jobs before returning in 1995. She served as editor of the community newspaper for 16 years before making the jump to the news department of multi-media WTIP Community Radio in October 2016. When...
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Sterling Anderson grew up in Grand Marais and got his start in radio with the WTIP Youth Radio Project. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2017. He worked as an intern at WTIP in the summer of 2017 helping out in the news department and producing material for a variety of local...
Will Moore
Will is originally from St. Cloud, MN, where he started his career in radio as a volunteer DJ at 88.1 KVSC.  He graduated from St. John's University in the spring of 2013.  During his time there he worked with KJNB, the school's online radio station, and was awarded one of the...