Mark Dailey
Mark Edward Dailey

(1953-08-01)August 1, 1953
DiedDecember 6, 2010(2010-12-06) (aged 57)
EducationLaw enforcement
Ohio state trooper
Part-time truck driver
Years active1974–2010
EmployerChannel Seventy-Nine Ltd. (1979-1981)
CHUM Limited (1979-2007)
Rogers Media (2007-2010)
Spouse(s)Kim (née Murray and Gould) Dailey
ChildrenNicole Grove (daughter)
RelativesKathleen and Colleen (sisters)
John and Rose-Marie Dailey (parents)

Mark Edward Dailey (August 1, 1953 – December 6, 2010) was an American-born Canadian television journalist and announcer.[1] He was the host of 11 p.m. weeknight CityNews newscasts in Toronto, Ontario, and a prominent continuity announcer voicing interstitial program announcements on CITY-TV.


Dailey was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, to parents John and Rose-Marie (Genetta) Dailey and was one of three children (sisters Kathleen and Colleen).[2] Dailey graduated from Ursuline High School and then studied law enforcement at Youngstown State University, in Ohio, worked as a state trooper (Ohio State Highway Patrol),[3] and became a crime reporter for stations in Ohio (first at WNIO/1540 AM - now known as WYCL - and then ABC affiliate WYTV in the late 1960s) and at radio station CKLW in Windsor, Ontario before moving to Toronto in 1974.[2] Prior to Citytv, Dailey worked at Q-107 and CHUM-AM and FM. Dailey worked at Citytv for 31 years. He was well-known for voicing the station's slogan: "This is Citytv, Everywhere!".


As a voice actor, Dailey voiced characters in the animated series Medabots, The Ripping Friends, Beyblade, Grossology, My Dad the Rock Star, Spliced, and others like Rescue Heroes and Storm Hawks. He also appeared (as a news reporter) in several Canadian films including Nicholas Campbell's Boozecan (1994), Claire's Hat, The Life Before This, and Childstar. He did voiceover work for one season of the Fishn' Canada Show (1999), and Magavision (1999) outdoor video newsletter.

Dailey is widely credited with delivering the title line during the chorus of the 1982 Rush song "Subdivisions", although he denied this.[4] Neil Peart, who was the drummer of Rush, was actually the person who voiced "Subdivisions" in the chorus of the song.[5]


Dailey survived prostate cancer but announced during his 11pm newscast on September 9, 2010 that he had been diagnosed with kidney cancer.[6] The cancer spread to his lungs and he died on December 6, 2010 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.[1][7] He was 57 years old.


  1. ^ a b "A Legend Lost: Toronto Mourns The Death Of Mark Dailey". December 6, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Mark Edward Dailey Obituary". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  3. ^ Salem, Rob (December 6, 2010). "Citytv's Mark Dailey dies of cancer". The Star. Toronto.
  4. ^ Incredible Response To Mark Dailey's 30th Anniversary At Citytv Archived 2011-06-29 at the Wayback Machine,, March 23, 2009 - "That's been an urban myth for years. It's not my voice on 'Subdivisions' by Rush but I continue to get credit. I've tried to dispel it but won't go away. Geddy Lee says he doesn't remember."
  5. ^ Rush Blog
  6. ^ Citytv Fights Cancer Archived 2010-09-15 at the Wayback Machine. CITY-TV, September 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Lorianna De Giorgio (December 6, 2010). "Veteran news broadcaster Mark Dailey dies". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 6, 2010.