Half a block from the intersection of James and Oak streets in Syracuse, where a street sign proclaims Ron Curtis Parkway, the bidding commenced.

"Here we go check it out check it out right here ten over there ten over there 12 and a half. 102's the bidder "

The rapid-fire bark of Bernie Brzostek, the auctioneer, cut its way through a Syracuse landmark last week.

The technical sale of most of the electronic equipment at television station WTVH-5 would have to wait for another day. But on Tuesday Sept. 15, everything from the chairs to the desks, the office furniture to the old typewriters, tables, stools, pictures, posters, mounds and mounds of memorabilia were up for auction.

On March 2 of this year, WTVH-5 effectively ceased to exist. Nearly every staff member was suddenly let go on that cold day. A skeleton crew of a half a dozen people remained. They now work under the management of WSTM-3.

As Brzostek began to wind his way through the cluttered hallways, a crowd of more than 100 people followed looking for bargains.

For some in the crowd it was less business and much more personal.

Jack Morse christened the building with the first radio broadcast in 1963, "I walked into this place and it was the Taj Mahal this was a crown jewel operation."

Arthur Godfrey was the first guest in this building back then on Morse's radio show. Godfrey was in town with his horse Goldy to do a show at the War Memorial for the cancer society.

Former investigative reporter, Rich Isome joined WTVH and Morse, Ron Curtis and Al Roker (yes the same Al Roker) in 1976. They talked about what a powerhouse television news operation it was under its original owner, the Meredith Corporation, until it was sold to Granite Broadcasting in 1993.

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