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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...

Paula Sundet Wolf
Volunteer since:

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Occasional host of Northern Gardening.

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Rainbow Trout (right) with Michael Martin Murphy (left)
Volunteer since:
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Host of Polka Time and Classic...

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 WTIP Executive Director Matthew Brown at
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 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced April 25 that WTIP is among the winners of the 2018 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize the best journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.

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Roadhouse producer Ann Possis

Ann has been producing The Roadhouse since 2009. She feels lucky to have an excuse to call interesting people and ask them questions! She's also been an on-air host since she moved to Cook County in 2001. When she's not working at the station, you can find her playing Scrabble,...

CJ began volunteering at WTIP in 1999 when she moved to Grand Marais from the Twin Cities. 
She has hosted and co-hosted numerous programs over the years including North Shore Weekend since it's inception in 2009. 
CJ joined the staff in September 2017 as Producer of...
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 assumed the duties of Executive Director in June of 2018. He started with WTIP as a volunteer host in 2002, took over the duties of Sidetracks host in 2008 and then Program Director in 2014. He has lived in the County for over 20 years and has an affinity towards Lake Superior and...
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...