Sunday, January 24, 2010

Canadian Motorsports Expo - City TV

I just spent the weekend at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, held at the International Centre this past weekend (Jan 22-24).
As part of the show, the 02 Kerry Micks car held a sponsorship announcement. They were proud to announce that Dickies was a co-sponsor for the Nascar Canadian Tire Series, along with Beyond Digital Imaging.

Also on hand was Mark Dailey, from City TV. Mark works with Prostate Cancer Canada, and is a fan of the stock car series, having attended a few races.
Last year the 39 Dave Whitlock car carried the Prostrate Canada cause, and this year, it will be carried by the 02 car.
I had previously done a small die cast car of the 39 car last year (it was Dave's last year in NCATS), and also sent one to Mark, because of his connection with Prostate Canada and the 39 Team.

Standing in line at the ticket booth, I first noticed MP Dan McTeague, who was there for a Fuel Seminar. And next to him was Mark. I took the opportunty to introduce myself, and he thanked me for the car, saying its displayed with his own racing stuff, as he raced in the past.
We had a chat after the Sponsorship announcement, talking a bit about his relationship with the 02 car, and Prostate Cancer Canada. I though about it first, then decided to ask him about City TV firings.

The big thing I remember about our talk was his comment that many of the on-air staff were hearing from the public about the whole situation. Many people seeing City TV personalities are voicing their disapproval of Rogers actions. It has indead created a very tense work environment. I can only hope that Rogers is listening.

After that talk, I thought back about all those people making comments that those fired will bounce back to another show, but think about 2 years ago when many on-air news personalities from Global TV were let go....we still have not seen them show up on air in Canada.

Anyways, everyone who talked with him at the CME all said great things about him, and all wished him well at his job. Mark truly is the voice of City TV. And as he left, he used that voice to giving a parting comment...."thats show business"!

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