If you live in Canada, you know him by his voice.
It’s a sad day in broadcasting, the voice and news anchor of CityTV has died from Cancer.
The Voice has been silenced.
Veteran broadcaster Mark Dailey wasn’t merely the voice of Toronto’s Citytv . . . he became the voice of the city itself.
After more than 30 years as an ebullient and authoritative nightly presence on local screens, the beloved 57-year-old anchor, reporter and announcer lost his fight with recurring cancer on Monday afternoon.
“He had such an extraordinary presence and, of course, that remarkable voice,” remembered former Citytv colleague Anne Mroczkowski, now Global News Hour co-anchor. “There was music in that voice.
“I learned a lot from Mark. There was such a kindness about him, such a sweetness. He had a very interesting way of looking at the world.”
“Mark had one of the most distinctive voices and styles in Canadian broadcasting,” agreed CBC National news anchor Peter Mansbridge.
“As a journalist he was first-rate, believing that no one should be tied to the studio all the time, that stories happen on the street, not in the newsroom.
“And that’s where viewers found him, that amazing voice and his gutsy ability to gather detail together, telling us exactly what happened.”
A Torontonian by choice, Dailey was born in Youngstown, Ohio, where he studied law enforcement at the state university and briefly served as a police officer.
He switched from crime-fighting to crime reporting, moved to Windsor and from there to Toronto in 1974, joining Citytv as a crime reporter in 1979.
“He was such an interesting character,” added Mroczkowski, “very smart, disciplined, quick on his feet — a great natural broadcaster. He wasn’t your typical-looking anchorman, and yet he was somebody you respected and you listened to with attention, because he was commanding.”
Dailey was a distinctive presence even in his early, pre-anchor days.
“He always used to wear a fedora,” Mroczkowski fondly recalled. “Of course, everybody wears fedoras now, but in those days he was like a character from a Mickey Spillane novel.”
When Dailey was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, he was quick to share the news, and indeed the entire ordeal, with his loyal viewers.
“He became such a force for advocacy,” Mroczkowski marvels. “He had a camera with him the whole time, documenting the journey of getting treatment.”
The cancer returned in September, having spread to his kidney and from there to his lungs.