About WTIP

WTIP is the first and only community radio station broadcasting on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Here, visitors and residents spread out over 1500 square miles of woods and waters come together through WTIP, a 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 community 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...

In the summer of 2009, WTIP partnered with the Northwoods Food Project to create a community garden on site at WTIP. The project was in direct response to community needs, and was funded by the “Engaging Communities on the Economy” grant from the National Center for Media Engagement.
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Fred Smith
Volunteer since:
2008

All the ways I contribute to WTIP...
the creator and voice of...
Peter Igoe
Volunteer since:
I was involved with the idea of WTIP, long before the station existed, as the first chairperson of the group that began the process of bringing community...
Tom Christiansen
Volunteer since:
2000

All the ways I contribute to WTIP...
Host Wednesday Night Jazz and contributing member.

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The WTIP Board of Directors works to uphold WTIP’s mission at all levels of the station’s operations. The Board of Directors meets at WTIP on the third Thursday of every month at 4 pm and all meetings are open to the public. For more information about the board contact Deb Benedict.
 
 Current...
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 2014, CAB members are:

Anna Hamilton   
Bill Hansen   
Dave Seaton       
Debi LaMusga 
Jennifer Schulz   
Mike LaVigne   
Sue Hakes   
Dennis...
WTIP's Executive Director, Deb Benedict, was recently featured in the June/July 2014 issue of "The Woman Today" magazine.... See all »
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Cathy Quinn
Cathy Quinn has been working and volunteering at WTIP since the station went on the air in 1998. She started off hosting the AM Community Calendar and has worn many hats at the station since then. When she's not on staff in the summer she can be found paddling around the BWCAW as a wilderness...
Deb Benedict
Deb Benedict has been WTIP’s executive director since 2001. Under her leadership, the station has grown to over 800 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 its...
Gary Atwood
Gary grew up on the southwest side of Chicago. He graduated with a B.S. in Geology from Western Illinois University and was promptly exiled to the oilfields of North Texas and Oklahoma. His favorite recollection from that period is a bumper stick which read – “Please don’t tell my...
Jana facepainting at 2011 Radio Waves
Jana started at WTIP in November of 2007 as the Development Assistant.  Since then she's morphed into the Office Administrator (as Deb likes to say...) and continues to amaze some of her co-workers with her knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, and her ability to create...
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 ...

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 Lake...
Kelly Schoenfelder
Kelly joined WTIP in April of 2010 as an intern, and then eventually graduated to the position of production assistant after she finished her B.A. in journalism at the University of Minnesota. She currently works as an independant producer for the Lake Superior...
Martha Marnocha

Martha started as a volunteer at WTIP in 2013 as the creator and producer of Lake County Journal, and occasional host for Tuesday Classics. She is now the Production Assistant and Archivist at WTIP.   Martha's interests include playing and listening to many genres of music,...


Matt Brown
Matthew is the Program Director and the  the host of Side Tracks Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. He likes the variety of the radio station, all the local music and Lake Superior. He has Lived in Cook County since 1997  and has a rescue dog named Princess....
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Melanie is WTIP's Development Director and Outreach Coordinator. When she isn't writing grants, thanking donors, or planning the next membership drive, she can be found hiking with her daughter, gardening, or writing by the lake.
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Veronica has volunteered with WTIP since 2007, and is a regular host of the North Shore Morning on ThursdayShe served as a super enthusiastic captain of the 'WTIP Tippers' dragonboat team for the 2009, '10, '11 and '12 North Shore...


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...