Perhaps Dailey’s greatest achievement was as CityTV’s longtime announcer. Few announcers are as synonymous with Canadian channels as Dailey was with CityTV. Dailey regularly took the piss out of the shows and films CityTV would screen at any given time. “CityTV…everywhere” is one of Canadian television’s great catchphrases.
The best way to eulogize Dailey is with a few clips, featuring him in his element. I don’t even care that this is a Toronto-centric story. Dailey was to CityTV what, say, Bob Boving was to CBC Television from 1985-2002. You might not have known his name, but you knew his voice – the difference, of course, being that Bob Boving wouldn’t have panned Happy Gilmore or The Raccoons on-air. CityTV didn’t care much for reverence back in the bad ol’ days.
Aside: Harvey Atkin, the voice of Leon’s, voiced Crag for four of thirteen episodes. Atkin’s a voiceover legend in his own right, but the voice of CityTV trumps Judge Alan Ridenour from Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. It’s the Voice Fist Way.
1986, more Great Movies. Also: more Retrontario bug, and the CityTV premiere of Revenge of the Nerds.
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