WTIP's Story

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 grown tremendously. Through strong community support, involvement and feedback, WTIP has continually strengthened our programming, outreach and response to community needs. The communities we serve rely on us for information, use us as a creative outlet, and respond positively to our outreach efforts. Indeed, WTIP has become an essential and highly valued community resource.
 
WTIP works to produce on-air programming that reflects and responds to our unique listenership.  Please take a look at our program schedule .  Our program schedule is often described as having “something for everyone.”  In addition to our on-air efforts, WTIP also reaches beyond the airwaves, embracing our role in the community and using our position as a trusted community asset to increase the well-being of the area. Learn more about our efforts.
Our mission is:

To provide timely and accurate reports of local and state events, including weather, news and community happenings;
To provide a forum open to all residents of the area for the discussion of public issues;
To provide music and entertainment for our audience;
To provide a diversity of programs designed to educate and inform;
To promote the general well-being of the area;
To train local residents to use the medium of radio to express their thoughts, feelings and talents.


WTIP broadcasts at:

90.7 FM in Grand Marais, MN

90.1 FM in Grand Portage
89.1 FM on the Gunflint Trail

WTIP Studios are located in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Our signal reaches along Lake Superior’s north shore from Two Harbors to the Thunder Bay area, inland to the Gunflint Trail area and across Lake Superior to northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

 
Through our online streaming service, WTIP welcomes listeners from all over Minnesota, the country and, indeed, the world.
 

WTIP is proud to be a member of  AMPERS, Diverse Radio for Minnesota's Communities, 12 diverse, community-based radio stations, covering nine-tenths of Minnesota. Learn more about AMPERS, the second largest public radio network of its kind in the United States.

A lot of effort goes in to making WTIP’s services possible.  WTIP’s volunteers, business sponsors and members and numerous foundation grants all support our operations and help keep WTIP strong throughout the year.  

We are your community radio station and we are thrilled to continue to strengthen the services we provide you. Through our programming, outreach services and website content, we are able to expand our community beyond the boundaries of Cook County. We’re pleased to be able to serve a diverse community of listeners.

Please continue to get involved and to share your suggestions and comments with us anytime.