Longtime NewsChannel 9 sportscaster Jack Morse dies

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MANLIUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Jack Morse, a longtime sportscaster at NewsChannel 9 has died at the age of 84.

According to Schepp Family Funeral Homes, Morse died at his home in Manlius on Thursday.

Jack was born at home in Whitney Point during a flood on September 17, 1935 to Richard and Elizabeth Morse. He was a graduate of Whitney Point High School and Syracuse University.

From high school on his career was in radio and television broadcasting. He started at WINR in Binghamton where he hosted “Sandman Serenade”. In Syracuse he worked for WOLF radio, WHEN/WTVH radio and television, WIXT (Now WSYR) television, Syracuse NewChannels where he co-hosted “Magazine 13”, and finally co-hosted a morning radio show with Phil Markert. Jack was also the voice of the Syracuse Chiefs in the 1960’s.

He was best known as a sportscaster who created the High School Athlete of the Week Award at WHEN-TV in 1972. He carried on that tradition at NewsChannel 9 WSYR and diligently covered high school, local, and national sports.

Jack is predeceased by his brother, David Morse and grandson, Max Bassinson.

Surviving are children, Meg (Scott) Bassinson, Cynthia Morse, John (Doug Wusterbarth) Morse, and Andy Morse; his children’s mother Susan Morse; grandchildren, Paul Bassinson and Willow Lilkas-Morse; nephew, David (Diana) Morse and niece Amy (John) Persons and their children.

Calling hours will be Monday, November 18 from 9am to 10am at Manlius United Methodist Church, 111 Wesley St., Manlius. Funeral services will follow at 10am at the church. Burial will be in South Street Cemetery, Triangle, NY.

Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to the Max David Bassinson Music Scholarship, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave, CB 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454.

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