Staff

Cathy Quinn
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 ranger. Currently Cathy produces features for our North Shore programs and co-ordinates WTIP...Read more

Deb Benedict
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 previous space. Since settling in the new building in 2008, the station has taken complete...Read more

Gary Atwood
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 mother I work in the oilfield. She still thinks I play piano in a whorehouse.”

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Jana facepainting at 2011 Radio Waves
Jana Kokemiller-Berka

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 last-minute Goal-o-Meters come membership drive time!  While at WTIP she's also had the...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...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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Kelly Schoenfelder
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 Project.

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Martha Marnocha
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, spending time with her dog, Polka Dot, and enjoying the culture and geography of the North Shore.

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Matt Brown
Matthew 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. woof!

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Melanie Steele

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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