NewsChannel 9 pioneer Phil Markert passes away at 92



SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — NewsChannel 9 is saddened to inform you that we have lost one of our own.

Phil Markert, a pioneer of NewsChannel 9, died unexpectedly at his home on the east side of Syracuse. He was 92.

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He hosted the sign-on show at NewsChannel 9 in 1962, and went on to lead a legendary career in Syracuse television and radio. His morning show, “The Markert Place” was the model for what we know today as our very own Bridge Street.

During the 1960s, Phil was the station’s lead news anchor before moving into morning radio with Powerhouse 62 WHEN Radio and other stations.

Others may have known him for his talented piano-playing, song-writing, for giving kids the option to “Buy it or Bag it” as he sang the school lunch menu every morning, and even for appearing in films like David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and “Marie” with Sissy Spacek.

Phil’s family tells us he was still active and was still booked to play piano at a couple of upcoming events. A legend continuing to make music at age 92. 

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