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WRTI Spotlight

Meet WRTI's Awesome Temple University Student Workers!

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(Left to right) WRTI General Manager Bill Johnson, Nick Kruse, Abby Stoetzer, Griffin Harrison, Naomi Pitkoff. Not pictured: Vishesh Marwani

It's Back-to-School week on WRTI, so let's introduce our talented and dedicated Temple University student workers who are essential to the success of the station, and help us every day in our mission to serve the public.

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Griffin Harrison is a junior studying percussion performance.

Student: Griffin Harrison
Year in school: Junior
Major: Percussion Performance
Hometown: Rochester, NY

  • Role at WRTI: I help to curate and publish digital content for our viewers on our website, and our Facebook and Instagram social media profiles. As a music student, the best job you can have while in school is to work for a music radio station! I have been working at WRTI since my freshman year of college, and it has helped to enrich my experience as a musician even more by working with people who are so passionate about the arts, especially classical music and jazz.
  • Best concert experience: Trombone Shorty came and performed at the Rochester Jazz Festival a couple of years ago, and it was a truly incredible performance. His stage presence was so natural and the music had such a deep groove that the entire audience was captivated by what was happening on stage.
  • Fun Fact: When I’m not banging on percussion instruments, I like to play basketball and skateboard! I also love to go thrift shopping with my friends, and try new cuisine! (Check out Griffin playing Séjourné's Marimba Concerto live from the WRTI Performance Studio on September 5th at 12:10 PM)

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Abby Stoetzer is a senior studying vocal performance and opera.

Student: Abby Stoetzer
Year in school: Senior
Major: Vocal Performance/Opera
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

  • Role at WRTI: I assist with the day-to-day office needs and I also write the Public Service Announcements for the radio. I LOVE working at WRTI because I’ve been listening ever since I was a pre-teen. I’ve always wanted the chance to work here someday. The people here are so supportive and friendly. And listening to classical music all day is a plus!
  • Best concert experience: A few years ago, my mom and I went to see Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park and it was just so amazing.
  • Fun Fact: I’m a busy girl! When I’m not working or going to class, you can usually find me practicing for my upcoming senior recital, featuring all Jewish composers, arranging music for my a cappella group, Jewkebox, researching fabulous women composers for amodernreveal.com, or binging Friends for the fourth time while eating hummus and snuggling my cat.

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Nick Kruse is a junior studying music technology.

Student: Nick Kruse
Year in school: Junior
Major: Music Technology
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA

  • Role at WRTI: I work with the digital content and production team and help create, promote, and publish content on our website and social media pages. I love working here because my co-workers are amazing and are always willing to offer me invaluable experiences and life advice.
  • Best concert experience: I was beyond lucky to see my favorite band the Arctic Monkeys last summer in Pittsburgh. It was amazing being able to see my biggest musical inspirations in front of me after years of listening to and learning their music.
  • Fun Fact: I’m an aspiring music producer and session bassist. When I’m not at WRTI, I’m locked in my apartment working on music.

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Naomi is a senior studying public health.

Student: Naomi Pitkoff
Year in school: Senior
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Allentown, PA

  • Role at WRTI: I help with the day-to-day office needs. I like working at WRTI because everyone is nice and friendly.
  • Best concert experience: One of the best concerts I have been to was Justin Timberlake. Overall, he is such a great performer. Everyone in the crowd was having a good time singing and dancing.
  • Fun Fact: When I am not at WRTI or in class you can usually find me hanging out at Hillel. Currently, I am the president of the Hillel on Temple's campus. Also, I am involved with Hillel International and I am a member of the International Student Cabinet.