Touchstone Finalist: WTIP Radio and Bringing Out the Best of Ourselves

Renee Passal
Updated: August 27, 2018 05:32 PM

The hum of activity inside WTIP Radio in Cook County is consistent. Hear and there, you can catch the pleasant sound of their on-air programming 

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This year, the community radio station is celebrating its 20th year of entertaining and inspiring the residents up the shore.

One of those residents, Marcia Hyatt, has been coming in for about a decade, and sharing her Best of Ourselves segment on Saturday mornings.

"What I wanted to do, was to bring resources, and share things that we can do to become a stronger community," she explained. Her five-minute feature focuses on how to be intentional, creative, and joyful. 

In recent years, she expanded on this segment. She did 4 hour-long segments in 2015 and again in 2017. She brings on authors or experts, to share more about resiliency and joy. 

Her final show last year, was stories of kindness and care in our community. Trish Francis was a contributor, and has quite a unique story. "I started writing fairy notes. I became the Forest Fairy of Hovland and Grand Marais and Grand Portage. I started writing notes in calligraphy on birch bark, for girls and boys who I thought needed a boost," Francis told us.

This went on for years and years. Sometimes, the kids would respond back with their own notes to the fairies. "It was a really wonderful way of inspiring them and telling them they can do anything, they don't have to be afraid. And they can be themselves," she added.

She recorded her segment with Marcia at the WTIP studios. The kindness program and three others in 2017 were funded in part by a grand from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

The executive director of the station, Matthew Brown, knows those programs are making a difference. "She's trying to share her knowledge with other people in the community. How we can bridge the gaps, and talk, and become a better community all around," he said.

Because it's about finding peace, when it's less than peaceful.

CJ Heithoff, producer of North Shore Morning, added, "When things are stressful politically or nationally, and you're ready to go down with it, she finds something to say with a positive spin, to bring you up. It elevates you."

Marcia doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. "I love doing this. And to have it honored, it's like icing, you know," she told us.

Bringing Out the Best of Ourselves and WTIP have been nominated for a Touchstone Award from the DSACF, for reflecting inclusiveness and civic engagement. The Touchstone Award luncheon is coming up on October 15th.


Renee Passal

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