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About WTIP

WTIP is the first community radio station broadcasting on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Visitors and residents spread out over 1,500 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 local 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...

Nosey Rosey
Volunteer since:
2008
 
All the ways I contribute to WTIP…
I fill in for Fred Smith’s Wildersmith on the...
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...
Berta Bauer
Volunteer since:
2012

All the ways I contribute to WTIP...
I host North Shore Digest and various music programs,...

The WTIP Board of Directors works to uphold WTIP’s mission at all levels of the station’s operations. For more information about the board contact Deb Benedict.
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 Current members:                   
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 2016, CAB members are:

Sue Hakes
Bill Hansen   
Thelma Hedstrom
Dennis LaBoda
Debi LaMusga         
Mike LaVigne
Jennifer Schulz
Dave Seaton      

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The following are WTIP staff and volunteer award winners in the 2015 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters news contest. Awards will be presented April 8 at the annual AP banquet at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington.

WTIP Station Manager Debbie Benedict said the... See all »
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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...
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.  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...
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...

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...
Joe Friedrichs
Joe joined WTIP in October of 2015. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Montana, where he graduated in 2005. He has previously worked along the North Shore as a freelance journalist and up the Gunflint Trail as a canoe outfitter. Joe covers the local happenings along the North...
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 a producer at WTIP. Martha's interests include playing and listening to many genres of music, spending time with her dog, Polka Dot, and...


Matt Brown
Matthew is the Program Director . He likes working with all of the volunteers, the local music and Lake Superior. He has Lived in Cook County since 1997  and has a rescue dog named Princess....
Patrick Knight
Meet Patrick Knight, WTIP’s Community Voices Coordinator. Patrick is excited to help YOU create audio (and video) features for WTIP's broadcast platforms! He is happiest cooking and listening to music with his wife and...
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Veronica has volunteered with WTIP since 2007. She served as a super enthusiastic captain of the 'WTIP Tippers' dragonboat team for the 2009, '10, '11 and '12 North Shore Dragonboat Festivals. Veronica was hired on at WTIP in News and Public Affairs in...


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...