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Roadhouse producer Ann Possis
Ann Possis

Ann has been producing The Roadhouse since 2009. She feels lucky to have an excuse to call interesting people and ask them questions! She's also been an on-air host since she moved to Cook County in 2001. When she's not working at the station, you can find her playing Scrabble, cooking, or exploring on a long-distance walk. 

 

 

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CJ Heithoff

CJ began volunteering at WTIP in 1999 when she moved to Grand Marais from the Twin Cities. 
She has hosted and co-hosted numerous programs over the years including North Shore Weekend since it's inception in 2009. 
CJ joined the staff in September 2017 as Producer of North Shore Morning.

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Deb Benedict
Deb Benedict

Deb Benedict has been WTIP’s executive director since 2001. Under her leadership, the station has grown to over 1,000 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 previous space. Since settling in the new building in 2008, the station has taken complete...Read more

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Jana Kokemiller-Berka

Jana started at WTIP in November of 2007 as the Development Assistant.  In that position she was able to amaze some of her co-workers with her knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, and her ability to create last-minute Goal-o-Meters come membership drive time!  In June 2015, long-time staffer Melanie Steele moved, and Jana has stepped in to her role as Development...Read more

Jay Andersen
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 non-profit administrator in the arts and in business public relations. He and his wife Tamera have lived in Cook...Read more
Jeff Nemitz
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.

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Joe Friedrichs

Joe is the news director for WTIP. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Montana, where he graduated in 2005. He also works as a freelance journalist, reporting on a variety of North Shore topics. When he’s not reporting news, Joe can be found at one of his favorite fishing holes in the area on a year-round basis. 

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Matt Brown
Matthew Brown

Matthew assumed the duties of Executive Director in June of 2018. He started with WTIP as a volunteer host in 2002, took over the duties of Sidetracks host in 2008 and then Program Director in 2014. He has lived in the County for over 20 years and has an affinity towards Lake Superior and large bodies of water.

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Rhonda Silence
Rhonda Silence

Rhonda Silence grew up in Grand Marais, moved away for 20-plus years and worked a variety of jobs before returning in 1995. She served as editor of the community newspaper for 16 years before making the jump to the news department of multi-media WTIP Community Radio in October 2016. When she’s not gathering news, Rhonda volunteers with Girl Scouts and the Cook County ATV Club. She mostly...Read more

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Sterling Anderson

Sterling Anderson grew up in Grand Marais and got his start in radio with the WTIP Youth Radio Project. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2017. He worked as an intern at WTIP in the summer of 2017 helping out in the news department and producing material for a variety of local programming. Sterling was hired as a staff member in August 2017.  

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Will Moore
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 first Gary Eichten Fellowships with Minnesota Public Radio News.  He has also worked in MPR...Read more