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Being healthy and working out.


Broadcasting professional Tobias Poole acts as a key figure behind Temple University’s public classical and jazz radio station, WRTI-FM. As Operating Director, Mr. Poole answers for all aspects of the station’s operations, including employee performance, quality of broadcasting, engineering, and programming. Tobias Poole also accomplished two major wins for the station when he lobbied to replace WRTI-FM’s antenna and move it to an adjacent tower and managed to get a full-power digital repeater activated in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, to carry public radio service to the city’s nearly 35,000 residents for the first time.

Tobias Poole started his career in Ohio, where he acted as a Radio and Television Engineer for WOUB-AM/FM and TV in Athens, WTLW-TV in Lima, and WOUZ-FM in Zanesville. When Mr. Poole joined WRTI-FM in 1987 as a staffer, the station was just beginning expansion with repeater stations such as WRTQ, WRTX, WJAZ, WRTL, and WRTY, which extended coverage into northeastern and central Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. Mr. Poole remembers when the station changed its programming format in 1997 to play classical music in the daytime and jazz at night. Today, Tobias Poole proudly reports that WRTI-FM exists as not just one of the area’s top-rated public radio stations, but one of the nation’s, as well.

Tobias Poole enjoys a diverse host of duties as Operating Director. He must make many big decisions, and he handles them all through his technical expertise and excellent professional judgment. Tobias Poole exhibits outstanding ability to manage projects and a full staff, and his extensive knowledge of university procedures and policies facilitates his supervisory duties immensely.

Tobias Poole began his education at Ohio University in 1980, where he earned his Associate in Applied Science in 1982. Mr. Poole stayed at Ohio University to pursue his Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications Broadcast Engineering, which he completed in 1984. When Tobias Poole is not running WRTI-FM or teaching courses as an Adjunct Professor in Temple University’s Department of Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media, he pursues physical activities such as working out to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A lifetime member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Mr. Poole also formerly served on the board for Musicopia. Away from his regular job, he works for the National Football League as a Frequency Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Work experience

Dec 1987Present

Operating Director


Responsible for the direction and outcomes of more than one sub-unit or a department that supports the business operations of the University. Manages a major department or multiple subunits that provide operational support to the University, under the direction of senior management. Responsible for establishing and implementing department goals and initiatives and ensures the effective operation of the department. Essential Functions: Directs and manages the resources of the department. Develops procedures for sub-unit/department consistent with division and organization goals. May recommend changes to division policies and procedures. Directs and develops internal and external relationships within department/subunit; interacts with all levels within the organization. Acts as a liaison between senior management and department/subunit on work progress, goals, and strategy. Resolves or oversees the resolution of issues within the sub-unit/department, intervening in issues of complexity and sensitivity. Responsible for departmental decisions and outcomes. Exercises discretion in decision-making based on best practices, technical expertise, and professional judgment. Develops and oversees project/operations budget for a sub-unit/department with input into division budget. May be responsible for revenue-enhancing and/or cost reduction initiatives. Responsible for all HR management within department/subunits, such as: sets and implements performance standards and expectations for professional and career development of team members in subunit, takes corrective action on competency, productivity and performance issues.


Sep 1982May 1984

Bachelor Science Com. ( BSC)

Ohio University
Jan 1980May 1982

Associates Applied Science AAS

Ohio University


Operating Director
Adjunct Professor