|Project for Excellence in Journalism - Daily Briefing|
|Written by Administrator|
WHEN / WTVH
WTLAIt was back in his native Whitney Point when he was a sophomore in high school that the broadcasting bug bit Jack Morse. Jack recalls that he was asked to go on a station in nearby Binghamton to promote the Sophomore Ball. He can still tell you just what he said.
More importantly, he decided he liked it! "I want to do more of this," he recalls thinking. And he has been doing it - on Syracuse area television and radio - ever since.
Most of that time, Jack became best known for broadcasting sports - including about five years of play-by-play of Syracuse Chiefs games while doing part-time sports reporting. He also worked as an announcer and reporter, among other broadcasting jobs.
Jack began his professional broadcasting career during his senior year in high school as a summer replacement at Binghamton radio station, WINR. As a student at Syracuse University, he began working part-time at WOLF in Syracuse.
In 1959, while still at SU (His education was interrupted by injuries suffered in a "very bad" auto accident), Jack began working part-time at WHEN radio while it was located in Syracuse's Loew Building. He did the station's final broadcast from that location on a Saturday night in February 1963, and WHEN's first broadcast from its new 980 James Street facilities the following morning. WHEN's television side (now WTVH, Channel 5) moved to the new building that August.
Jack began doing sports part-time on Channel 5 in 1966. Six years later, he was named sports director, a full-time job. He left WTVH in 1983 and began doing some work for Syracuse Newchannels (now Time-Warner cable), which was just starting its Channel 13 cablecasts.
In 1984, he joined WIXT, Channel 9, as a sports anchor, producer, and reporter. Thirteen years later, he added radio sports again to his resume, joining Phil Markert's morning show on WTLA-WSGO-AM.
A bout with the "Australian flu" forced him to drop both jobs in mid-2000. After he had recovered, which Jack calls "the worse illness of its type I have ever had," he returned to the Phil Markert Show where he continues broadcasting sports news -- his first love. --Joseph A. Porcello
|"Good night, and good luck."
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Luther F. "Gus" Bliven
Luther F. "Gus" Bliven scored a number of news "scoops" during his distinguished 68-year newspaper career with The Post-Standard where he became best-known for his work as a political writer and the "dean" of Albany legislative correspondents.