WTIP and One Small Step


Radio station WTIP in Grand Marais has teamed up with Story Corps to host its “One Small Step” program, producing conversations between two ordinary people in the North Shore community who do not share the same political and/or religious views. Participants may, or may not know the person they will be speaking with. Applicants for participation may request a conversation partner that they know. Maybe a cranky old Uncle who only argues when they get together.

The premise is that most Americans believe the divisiveness that permeates our politics and society today is a major problem. One Small Step seeks to move beyond partisan and ideological labels and have people converse about the life experiences that shape how we each see our world. With participant permission, these conversations will be preserved for future generations at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Conversations will be held over the coming year and they are hosted by a trained third party to help keep the conversation moving, and respectful, asking questions that may lead to bridging the divides between us

For more information on the One Small Step program and to apply to participate visit the station’s website at www.wtip.org or call 218-387-1010 

WTIP is one of just six stations selected nationally to host One Small Step in 2022. Others include the Georgia Public Radio network, KSUT in Ignacio, CO, WUTC in Chattanooga, TN, WHQR in Wilmington, NC, and WDET in Detroit, MI.

Story Corps is a public service organization that records people telling their own stories, recording more than half a million conversations over the last 20 years. In addition to broadcasting excerpts of these conversations (with participants' permission) on public radio stations nationwide, the recordings are archived in the Library of Congress. Story Corps launched One Small Step in 2018.

For more information on the One Small Step program and to apply to participate visit the station’s website at www.wtip.org or call 218-387-1010.

WTIP is a non-profit community radio station that began broadcasting from Grand Marais in April of 1998. From its studios, in Grand Marais, the WTIP signal covers the North Shore from Two Harbors, MN to Thunder Bay, ONT, and up the Gunflint Trail. 

Its stated 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.