RIP Mark Dailey, Great Voice of Toronto TV

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Mark Dailey, who died today of cancer at the age of 57. He was the host of CityTV newscasts, but I know him best from his dry, deep-voiced, sometimes mocking voice-over promos, combining a perfect announcer voice with a tongue-in-cheek tone and sometimes actual jokes at the expense of the shows we were about to see. As the channel shed much of its original branding, his voice was like a link to the quirky past, and I always loved hearing him. Some examples of his promo work:

And here he is doing a report on prostitution in 1986, riding with the Vice Squad and reporting back to the anchor while wearing an ostentatiously large earphone/mike combination.

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