Monday, 6 December 2010

30 - Mark Dailey

Mark Dailey lost his lengthy battle with cancer today and Toronto media have lost an iconic voice and a gentleman friend.

As the Citytv obit says: A Legend Lost.

Mark was only 57, but two generations of television viewers and radio listeners are familiar with the dedication of the Ohio-born newsman.

The Voice of Citytv" since 1979, Mark survived prostate cancer in 2004, but in September he told viewers he had kidney cancer and that cancer later spread to his lungs.

You would be hard-pressed to find media people who crossed paths with Mark over the years and came away with a negative feeling about him.

Competitive as he was, going back to his first days at CHUM in 1974, Mark got the story being chased by Sun, Globe and Star staffers without trouncing on toes.

In later years, he anchored CityPulse and CityNews. 

As the "voice" of Citytv, he also promoted Citytv movies, sometimes selling them as gems -  but often as turkeys, which was always appreciated.

When it came to loyalty, Mark was Citytv through and through. He - and his fedora - celebrated 30 years with Citytv in 2009. 

Our condolences to his wife, Kim, and daughter, Nicole. 

Dozens of tributes have been posted on Citytv, including this one, which sums it up for us:

"He is the voice and face of Toronto news as far as I am concerned. A dedicated and wonderful career." 


  1. Dear Mark Dailey, your voice gave me such comfort during my youth. I feel so sad knowing you died too soon. Rest in peace.

  2. You were one of a kind and you will be missed. My deepest condolences to your loved ones.

  3. And why did the editors of QMI papers not consider this news? Not a mention in my city's paper.