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Fingerstyle Masters Weekend

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 7:30pm

Fingerstyle Masters Concert                   
at Bluefin Bay in Tofte, MN 
featuring Eric Lugosch & Phil Heywood

Tickets are $15, available at the door                  
Guitar Workshops are also available Saturday, April 12 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
All welcome!
More information: or 218-353-7308
All proceeds will benefit WTIP North ShoreCommunity Radio


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Fun evening to support “A Home of Our Own” Capital Campaign

Historic Fish House on Lake Superior
Thu, 08/23/2012 - 5:30pm

WTIP Community Radio is presenting an evening of culture and fun at a beautiful, historic fish house on the shore of Lake Superior, adjacent to Butterwort Cliffs near Cascade River State Park. The fundraising event will feature music by Gordon Thorne and a presentation by naturalist Chel Anderson (heard on WTIP as the Northwoods Naturalist). Drinks and appetizers will be served.

The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd. Tickets are $100 each or more if you can. All proceeds will support WTIP’s “Home of Our Own” capital campaign.

Please call the station for more information: 218-387-1070 or e-mail: Please RSVP by August 15th.

Lake Superior Film Festival and Community Art Exhibit

Cook County Historical Society – 8 South Broadway – Grand Marais, MN
Sun, 07/15/2012 - 3:00pm

The Lake Superior Film Festival, hosted by WTIP Community Radio, will take place in Grand Marais, on the shores of Lake Superior on Lake Superior Day -- July 15, 2012. The festival will bring people together for a deeper engagement and discussion of Lake Superior, perspectives on what’s needed to heal and preserve the lake for generations to come, insight into efforts currently taking place, and a discussion of ideas for efforts to heal and preserve the lake. The festival will include a screening of the film “Grandmothers Gathering for Gitchigaaming,” which features thoughts and perspectives from 13 participants from the Grandmothers Gathering who were asked to speak to the public. This film represents what they shared. Lorraine Norrgard, film director, will lead a discussion. There will also be an exhibit of community art and essays, reflections of their connection to Lake Superior. The festival will be held in conjunction with WTIP’s Lake Superior Project, a year-long audio look at the culture, history, issues, and preservation of Lake Superior.

Fingerstyle guitarists Mary Flower to perform, offer workshops

Bluefin Bay in Tofte
Sat, 04/14/2012 (All day)

“Concerts from Behind the Taconite Curtain” is hosting the 2nd annual Fingerstyle Guitar Masters Weekend at Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte on April 13 and 14. The event features Portland, Oregon-based guitarist Mary Flower, who performed at the Mountain Stage Grand Marais show in September, 2011. Mary has been a finalist at the National Fingerstyle Championship numerous times, and is a Handy Award winner for her interpretations of classic early urban & rural American Music. She teaches privately, has released many instructional videos and has led countless workshops.

The event kicks off Friday night with North Shore favorite Gordon Thorne playing a few sets of blues and hillbilly music in the Bluefin downstairs pub. Workshops begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with Thorne’s introduction to basic fingerpicking techniques and movable chord shapes. Mary will then take over with a seminar focusing on some of the early rural blues players and their distinct approaches on how to get around on the guitar. After a short lunch break, Mary will finish up with a lesson guiding students to employ techniques in creating and arranging rags for the guitar.

Workshops are open to all (even for non-guitarists, learning about these techniques offers interesting insights into an American art form) and are $30 each or $50 for all three. All profits from the event will be donated to WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Pre-registration is requested by contacting Gordon Thorne @ 218-353-7308 or email

The Saturday evening concert features Mary Flower at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs dining area, which will be transformed into an intimate concert setting. The concert will begin with a short front set by Gordon Thorne followed by a full set by Mary Flower, then a few duets featuring both artists. The ticket price is $15 and tickets can be purchased at Bluefin Bay Resort, by contacting Gordon, or at the door the evening of the show.

For more details or to reserve a workshop spot, contact Gordon Thorne @ 218 353 7308 or email

Youth Radio Project Information Event

WTIP ~ 1712 West Highway 61
Sat, 12/03/2011 - 6:00pm

WTIP has some great opportunities for area students to get involved and gain experience in a variety of areas, including media, technology, music, and more.

WTIP’s inviting all students in 9th through 12th grades who might be interested in taking part in its Youth Radio Project to come to the station on Saturday, December 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m. for pizza and information about the opportunities available.

Everyone who attends the event on Dec. 3rd will learn more about all the opportunities available, behind the scenes or on-air:
• Writing
• Producing audio features and commentaries
• Engineering programs
• Hosting music and news programs
• Doing interviews
• Creating videos
• Managing the WTIP youth website
• And more!

In addition to great experience, participation in the Youth Radio Project also has other benefits, including a letter of recommendation for college applications, a chance at a small scholarship, as well as an opportunity for a paid summer internship at WTIP.

All students in 9th through 12th grades are invited to attend the Youth Radio Project information event at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Please simply call Deb or Kelly at 387-1070, or e-mail to say you’re interested.

WTIP Collecting Input for Lake Superior Series

WTIP recently received a grant from Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program to produce a year-long series that focuses on Lake Superior.

Because of the increasing importance to the region, WTIP decided to pursue funding for an in-depth series that will enable us to get at the heart of what’s going on with Lake Superior. We received word in September, 2011 that our project has been funded by Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

We’re currently in the planning stage, and we’re seeking ideas and input. If you have ideas about issues affecting the lake or maybe know someone or an organization we should be talking to, please let us know by calling our comment line at 387-3161.

Please listen to theWTIP Spotlight WTIP Spotlight for more information.

This project is funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resources Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

WTIP's Summer 2011 Intern Annela Rova has a Rewarding Experience

Annela Rova joined WTIP as an intern for the summer of 2011, and had a rewarding experience. During her time with WTIP, Annela gained experience conducting interviews, running the broadcast equipment, preparing and reading the weather and announcements, serving as a program co-host, and producing a feature story.
“It was an amazing experience,” Annela says.

In addition to specific skills, Annela learned about the importance of community radio. “I learned that it’s not about the station; it’s about the community that supports it.”

Annela believes that her experience will serve her well in her career. “The biggest thing I learned,” she says, “is that you don’t have to be cut-throat. You can be genuine and sincere, and really care about the people and the stories. Seeing that this still exists in the world is very encouraging.”

Listen to an interview with Annela about her experience with WTIP.