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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

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:
Cook County High School

ISD166 board and administration members on WTIP First Thursday

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Will the ISD166 Cook County Schools campus be open or closed? How does the schools current policy on bullying match up with the new state legislation? How can a small school keep pace with technology?

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for this month’s edition of First Thursday Community Conversation – “A Close-up Look at ISD166.”
School board members Deb White and Jeanne Anderson will be in the studio with Superintendent Beth Schwarz and Principal Adam Nelson.

“A Close-up Look at ISD166” – First Thursday Community Conversation…only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

Linda Chappell

Librarian Linda Chappell is the guest on WTIP’s March edition of Third Thursday

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For over 20 years she’s been the Grand Marais Librarian. Now she’s decided to put that book back on the shelf and retire.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for Third Thursday Community Conversation when he sits down with librarian Linda Chappell. They’ll talk about the changing role of public libraries, the challenges and opportunities … and a look back on the history of our own library and the part Linda has played in its growth and success.

“A Conversation with Grand Marais Librarian Linda Chappell,” Third Thursday. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.


Propane burner

WTIP airs “Coping with the Cost of Propane,” on First Thursday

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As propane supplies continue low and the price gets higher, some North Shore residents are being faced with tough heating decisions.

Join WTIP’s Jay Andersen for First Thursday Community Conversation. We’ll bring in emergency and heating specialists to help you understand the crisis and your options for dealing with it. We’ll also talk about some dos and don’ts to keep you safe as well as warm.

“Coping with the Cost of Propane,” on First Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

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Biomass is Third Thursday topic for December

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This month WTIP presents a special Third Thursday Community Conversation call-in program on The Grand Marais District Heating project. Join host Jay Andersen for a discussion of what the new system is designed to do, what it means to the local economy, who would use it  -- as well as the pros and cons of a unique energy source.

Guests include Mark Spurr, President of FVB Energy, Paul Nelson, Co-Chair of the Grand Marais District Heat Task Force and city councilor, PUC member and task force participant Tim Kennedy.

Is biomass the sustainable energy future for Grand Marais? “The District Heat Project.” This month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

Eleanor Waha -  photo : Cook Co. News Herald

Eleanor Waha is WTIPs’ Third Thursday feature

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She’s a life-long resident of Cook County, grew up in Maple Hill and still lives there today. In the meantime Eleanor Waha has become the unofficial chronicler of the people and activities of our county.
In her long association with the Cook County Historical Society, county Fair Board and countless other organizations, Eleanor is the embodiment of what it means to be an active and engaged member of this community. And…she has stories to tell.
Join host Jay Andersen for “Eleanor Waha: Recollections and Reflections.” This month’s Third Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

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County Septic Ordinance is topic for WTIP’s October Third Thursday

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Cook County is in the process of revising its Subsurface Septic Treatment System Ordinance. One public hearing has already been held, another is scheduled for later this month.

Join  host Jay Andersen  for a special edition of WTIP’s Third Thursday Community Conversation. We feature questions and answers on the county septic ordinance with Planning and Zoning Director Tim Nelson and Environmental Health Officer Mitch Everson.

Most of the questions have been collected from letters, emails and the first public hearing, but the public was invited to join in the discussion during the broadcast.

“Discussing the 2013 County Septic Ordinance” --  a special edition of Third Thursday Community Conversation, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

David Betts

WTIP’s Third Thursday features two engineers

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There are all kinds of engineers in the world. In Cook County we have one whose job it is to construct and repair certain large projects. We have another who specializes in studying the safety of deconstructing other kinds of large projects -- by explosives.

Join Jay Andersen for this month’s Third Thursday Community Conversations.  The engineers featured are County Highway Engineer David Betts and explosives safety specialist Hyla Napadensky.

“Two Engineers” -- Third Thursday Community Conversations, only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio.

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.