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First and Third Thursday Conversations air at 7 p.m. on Thursdays (killerturnip/Flickr)

  • 1st and 3rd Thursday 7-8pm
On the first Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP hosts a live interactive conversation on an issue of community importance. Guests are invited into the studio and listeners are invited to call in or email with questions, comments, and concerns. This participatory program is designed to give everyone a voice in the discussion of public affairs issues that shape our community. To participate in the conversation call 218-387-1070 or email us at wtip@boreal.org.

On the third Thursday of every month from 7-8 p.m. WTIP's Jay Andersen hosts a one-on-one discussion with a variety of community members.


What's On:
Back to School

"Back to School" is this month's First Thursday Community Conversation

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Schools in Cook County are back in session for the year. What’s new and what’s stayed the same? What about changes in testing and revisions to No Child Left Behind? How will our schools use the new Cook County Community YMCA? How will broadband affect student learning?

Join Jay Andersen host of WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversation and his guests for: “Back to School – the 2013-14 Edition”… this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.

The guest list includes school administrators and board members. That’s “Back to School – the 2013-14 Edition”… September’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore community radio.


 
Social Host Ordinance

Hosting underage drinking is WTIP’s First Thursday for August

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The Cook County Social Host Ordinance takes existing laws to another level. The ordinance holds you responsible if you allow underage drinking on your premises even if you didn’t actually provide the alcohol.

Join Jay Andersen and his guests for August's First Thursday Community Conversation. They’ll hold an in-depth discussion of the county’s Social Host Ordinance.

Are underage keggers just a part of growing up? If so, who’s responsible and to what extent? A discussion of the Cook County Social Host Ordinance. Only on WTIP North Shore community radio.


 
Bill Burkhardt

WTIP’s Third Thursday features “Swing Session” host

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In the 1930’s and 40’s radio was the undisputed king of entertainment, news and information. A young Bill Burkhardt grew up on Long Island listening to and loving everything about radio.

Join Jay Andersen for July’s Third Thursday Community Conversations.  Bill reflects on the history of the swing era, some of the music milestones and his long association with the station as a founder and volunteer host of the popular WTIP music program, “Swing Session.”

“The Swing Era – America’s soundtrack, with Bill Burkhardt.”  Third Thursday Community Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Volunteers

WTIP’s Third Thursday continues series with four volunteers

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This month WTIP continues its series of broadcasts featuring volunteers in the community. Men and women who give their time to make organizations like this station and other non-profits in the community stay strong and healthy through their hard work and dedication.

Join host Jay Andersen for this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversations.  You’ll hear from WTIP commentator Vicki Biggs Anderson, CarePartners volunteer Phyllis Parker, Violence Prevention Center volunteers Jeff Ken and Kathy Sullivan, and, multi-organization volunteer Mike Carlson.
 
“Volunteers on Volunteering, part three.” Third Thursday Community Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Wildfire

June First Thursday features fire season panel discussion

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Cook County has had its share of wildfires and some have been devastating to the forest and private property. Even though we’ve started with a late and damp spring, the summer weather can quickly change. Warm, dry, windy. Lightning strikes or being careless with campfires. Summer always has the potential of turning into “fire season.”

Join Jay Andersen for “Preventing, Preparing and Planning for Fire Season” -- this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.

In the studio are Gunflint Fire Chief Mike Prom, County Emergency Management director Jim Wiinanen, Paul Nelson from FireWise and Forest Service Fire Management Officer Patty Johnson.

“Preventing, preparing and planning for fire season” -- this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Volunteer

WTIP’s Third Thursday continues series on volunteers

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This month WTIP continues its series of broadcasts featuring volunteers in the community. Men and women who give their time to make organizations like this station and other non-profits in the community stay strong and healthy through their hard work and dedication.

Join host Jay Andersen for Third Thursday Community Conversations.  You’ll hear from multi-organization volunteers Barb and John Bottger, Art Colony and school volunteer David Hahn and long-time WTIP naturalist commentator Chel Anderson.

“Volunteers on Volunteering, part two.” Third Thursday Community Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Firefighters

WTIP’s First Thursday looks at community emergencies

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The last week end in April saw many dozens of responders in Grand Marais for the 24th annual county Emergency Services Conference. The conference brought together firefighters, EMTs law enforcement, first responders and the general public…all for training and greater awareness of community preparedness.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for “Responding to a Cook County Emergency – community preparedness for the North Shore,” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.

This past April has seen its share of disasters, accidents, explosions, terrorism -- and it has not been confined just to large cities. Whether it’s shootings in public places, a highway bus accident, wildfire or floods, community professionals and trained volunteers take the lead in responding to the emergency and dealing with the aftermath

Six participants in this year’s Emergency Services Conference will discuss their roles in training, advising, planning and preparing for any emergency in Cook County.

“Responding to a Cook County Emergency – community preparedness for the North Shore,” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.


 
Chik-Wauk

WTIP’s Third Thursday starts series on volunteers

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This month WTIP begins a series of broadcasts featuring volunteers in the community. Men and women who give their time to make organizations like this station and other non-profits in the community stay strong and healthy through their hard work and dedication.

Join host Jay Andersen for this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversations.  You’ll hear from North Shore Music Association volunteer Wayne Russ, Grand Marais Playhouse volunteer Emma Bradley and WTIP and Chik-Wauk Museum volunteer Fred Smith.

“Volunteers on Volunteering,” Third Thursday Community Conversations. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Go Cook County

New hope for county economic development is WTIP’s First Thursday for April

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For the first eleven years of this century Cook County’s economy grew at less than the rate of inflation. Still the economy is turning the corner nationally and there is a renewed vitality here optimistic about the future.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen and his guests for “Economic Development – the search for sustainable growth” on First Thursday Community Conversation.

Our county is at a crossroads and a team of over 20 local businesspeople, organization managers and elected officials are working to create a shared economic development vision. More than that, they’re forming strategies and actions to make it happen.

Four GO Cook County team members – Jim Boyd, Jan Sivertson, Mark Sandbo and Mike Prom -- discuss their first impressions of data and survey responses as they get ready to form a plan for Cook County’s future.

“Economic Development – the search for sustainable growth” this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


 
Managing

Third Thursday for February is all about "managing"

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Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for Third Thursday Community Conversation. This time the program is all about managing.

Nancy Larson is the new Gunflint District Ranger. Her job is to manage a large chunk of the Superior National Forest and BWCAW -- the most heavily used wilderness in the nation. George Maruska is a local accountant who does a lot of tax returns this time of year. He talks about how to manage your financial records at tax time.

 February’s Third Thursday Community Conversations -- only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.