In the summer of 2014, WTIP received a generous donation that enabled us to pay off the remaining balance owed on our mortgage, ending our $550,000 “Home of Our Own” capital campaign.
We purchased a building on the west end of Grand Marais in 2007 and converted it into studio and office space. The new building enabled us to strengthen our programming through increased independence and extra broadcast, office and preparation space; provide more local news and information reports through increased space for volunteers and an extra recording studio; increase community outreach through better visibility and space for volunteers; and house back-up equipment to ensure that our signal remains strong in times of power outages.
A generous donation launched WTIP’s capital campaign and was soon joined by donations from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, the Paul A. Schaap Foundation, and numerous other foundations and individuals. Recently, the same donor made an additional gift to WTIP that covered the remaining balance of our capital campaign. “This generous gift brings WTIP’s “Home of Our Own” capital campaign to a close,” says WTIP’s Executive Director Deb Benedict. “It enables us to now devote all of our funds to programming, services, and equipment maintenance in order to keep our service strong and serving our community of listeners. It also frees us up to focus on our next big project of replacing our aging main broadcast transmitter.”
WTIP wishes to thank everyone who supported our“Home of Our Own” capital campaign, enabling us to grow and expand to better serve our community of listeners.
Why did WTIP need a new home?
For our first 10 years of service, WTIP operated out of rented space spread out in a local arts center. The space was small, windowless, and lacked adequate ventilation to protect our equipment. In order to accommodate more volunteers and staff, and increase our services, WTIP needed a home that could better meet our needs.For our first 10 years of service, WTIP operated out of rented space spread out in a local arts center. The space was small, windowless, and lacked adequate ventilation to protect our equipment. In order to accommodate more volunteers and staff, and increase our services, WTIP needed a home that could better meet our needs.
WTIP’s location has a lot to do with the quality of our service!
In our new home, we're able to:
· Increase our locally-produced programming thanks to more space for volunteers and an extra production studio.
· Provide nationally-produced programming to our listeners through a satellite on-site at WTIP.
· Expand our community outreach through improved visibility and a more welcoming space, including a conference room available to the public.
· Partner with area organizations to create the community’s first community garden on site at WTIP to provide community members with space to grow their own food.