Dick Smyth, Canadian maestro of news radio commentary, dies at 86

Dick Smyth

By David Friend

The Canadian Press

Saturday March 6, 2021

TORONTO – Radio and television personality Dick Smyth, whose booming commentary filled Canadian airwaves for decades with hot takes on the day’s topics, has died at 86.

His daughter Tracy Smyth said he died Saturday afternoon in Huntsville, Ont.

“He was a mentor to many, many people in the business, and I know that he’s left a hole in many people’s hearts with his passing,” she said by phone from Nova Scotia.

The veteran broadcaster was a familiar voice to radio listeners who tuned in for his trademark introduction: “Here’s how things look to Dick Smyth this morning.”

His career spanned an array of influential stations, such as CKLW-AM in Windsor, Ont., when it was known as “the Big 8,” and 1050 CHUM in Toronto.

And his face was known to viewers during the early days of Citytv’s news broadcasts where he offered unapologetic and animated opinions on political leaders, the economy and local issues.

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