|Name John Daly||Role Journalist|
|Full Name John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly|
Born February 20, 1914 (1914-02-20) Johannesburg, South Africa
Resting place Columbarium 4, Section I, Row 24, Niche 5, Arlington National Cemetery
Other names John Charles Daly, John Daly
Occupation Reporter/Newscaster Game show host
Died February 24, 1991, Chevy Chase
Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, United States
Children John Warren Daly, John Charles Daly III
Spouse Virginia Warren (m. 1960–1991), Margaret Griswell Neal (m. 1936–1960)
TV shows What\'s My Line?, It\'s News to Me, Who Said That?, The Voice of Firestone
Similar People Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Fred Allen, Mark Goodson
What's My Line's John Charles Daly: The Biggest Cutie-Pie in Television
John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly (February 20, 1914 – February 24, 1991), generally known as John Charles Daly or simply John Daly, was an American journalist, game show host, and CBS News radio personality, best known for hosting the television panel show What's My Line?.
- What's My Line's John Charles Daly: The Biggest Cutie Pie in Television
- Early life
- Famous broadcasts
- Tilton School
- Personal life
- Awards and nominations
The second of two brothers, Daly was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where his American father worked as a geologist. After his father died of a tropical fever, Daly's mother moved the family to Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the Tilton School and later served on its board of directors for many years and contributed to the construction or restoration of many buildings on campus. He did his post-secondary education at a junior college and then finished his studies graduating from Boston College. Daly worked for a time in a wool factory and for a transit company in Washington before becoming a reporter for NBC Radio and then CBS.
Daly began his broadcasting career as a reporter for NBC Radio, and then for WJSV (now WTOP), the local CBS Radio Network affiliate in Washington, D.C., serving as CBS' White House correspondent.
Through covering the Roosevelt White House, Daly became known to the national CBS audience as the network announcer for many of the President's speeches. In late 1941, Daly transferred to New York City, where he became anchor of The World Today. During World War II, he covered the news from London as well as the North African and Italian fronts. Daly was a war correspondent in 1943 in Italy during Gen. George S. Patton's infamous "slapping incidents". After the war, he was a lead reporter on CBS Radio's news/entertainment program CBS Is There (later known on TV as You Are There), which re-created the great events of history as if CBS correspondents were on the scene.
As a reporter for the CBS radio network, Daly was the voice of two historic announcements. He was the first national correspondent to deliver the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and he was also the first to relay the wire service report of the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, interrupting Wilderness Road to deliver the news. Transcriptions of those bulletins have been preserved on historical record album retrospectives and radio and television documentaries.
In July, 1959, he, along with the Associated Press writer John Scali, reported from Moscow on the famous "Kitchen Debate" between USSR General Secretary Khrushchev, and then US Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
Daly's first foray into television was as a panelist on the game show Celebrity Time. This led to a job in 1950 as the host and moderator on a new panel show produced by Goodson–Todman, What's My Line? The show lasted 17 years with Daly hosting all but four episodes of the weekly series.
In 1954–55, in addition to his duties with What's My Line?, Daly also hosted the final year of the NBC Television game show Who Said That?, in which celebrities tried to determine the speaker of quotations taken from recent news reports.
On What's My Line?, each panelist introduced the next in line at the start of the show. Upon Fred Allen's death in 1956, Random House co-founder and humorist Bennett Cerf became the anchor panelist who would usually, but not always, introduce Daly. Cerf usually prefaced his introduction with a pun or joke that over time became a pun or joke at Daly's expense. Daly would then often fire back his own retort. Cerf and Daly enjoyed a friendly feud from across the stage for the remainder of the history of the program. The mystery guest on the final CBS program (aired September 3, 1967) was Daly himself.
According to producer Gil Fates, Daly was resistant to changes that would have appealed to a younger audience but might have diminished the show's dignity. For example, Daly usually referred to the panelists formally, e.g., as "Mr. Cerf." The producers, Fates said, were unable to challenge Daly for fear of losing him as the show's moderator. The series spawned a brief radio version in 1952 that was also hosted by Daly. The series also inspired a multitude of concurrent international versions and a syndicated U.S. revival in 1968 in which Daly did not participate. He was a vice president at ABC during the 1950s. He did hosting duties on Who Said That?, It's News to Me, We Take Your Word, and Open Hearing and was a narrator on The Voice of Firestone starting in 1958.
He also had several television and movie guest appearances from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s, including an uncredited role in Bye Bye Birdie (as the reporter announcing the title character's induction into the Army) and as the narrator, in a mock documentary style, on the premiere episode of Green Acres. In 1949 he starred in the short-lived CBS Television newspaper drama The Front Page, where it was thought that his presence and journalistic experience would give the series more authenticity.
During the 1950s, Daly became the vice president in charge of news, special events, and public affairs, religious programs and sports for ABC and won three Peabody Awards. From 1953 to 1960, he anchored ABC news broadcasts and was the face of the network's news division, even though What's My Line? was then on CBS. At the time, this was a very rare instance of a television personality working on two different networks simultaneously. (Technically, Daly worked for Goodson–Todman Productions for What's My Line?, and also filled in occasionally on The Today Show on NBC, making him one of the few people in early television to work simultaneously on all three networks.) His closing line on the ABC newscast was "Good night, and a good tomorrow." Daly resigned from ABC on November 16, 1960 after the network preempted the first hour of election night coverage to show Bugs Bunny cartoons and The Rifleman from 7:30 to 8:30 while CBS and NBC were covering returns from the Kennedy–Nixon presidential election and other major races.
Daly continued on What's My Line? until 1967. In the 1962–63 season, the program was in competition with Howard K. Smith's News and Comment program on ABC. A former CBS correspondent, Smith switched networks early in 1961, by which time Daly had already resigned from ABC. Smith later took over Daly's former role as anchor of ABC's evening news broadcast. In May 1967, during the final year of What's My Line?, it was announced that Daly would become the director of the Voice of America after the show ended. He assumed the position on September 20, 1967, but lasted only until June 6, 1968, when he resigned over a claim that Leonard H. Marks, his superior at the U.S. Information Agency, had been making personnel changes behind Daly's back.
Daly did not host the syndicated version of What's My Line?, although he did co-host a 25th-anniversary program about the show for ABC in 1975. Daly was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1966 to 1982. He was a frequent forum moderator for the conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute throughout the 1980s.
At his alma mater, the Tilton School, there is an award named for Daly given to "persons whose pursuit of excellence and deep commitment as a member of the school family resembles that of John Daly's involvement with Tilton: continuous and widely known expressions of support in word and deed, inspiring others to reach goals that common experience dictates are impossible."
He married twice, first to Margaret Griswell Neal in January 1937. The marriage resulted in sons John Neal Daly and John Charles Daly III and daughter Helene Grant Daly. It ended in divorce in April 1959. On December 22, 1960, Daly married Virginia Warren, daughter of then–chief justice Earl Warren, in San Francisco. They were married for over 30 years, until Daly's death. The marriage yielded three children: John Warren Daly, John Earl Jameson Daly, and Nina Elisabeth Daly.
Daly died in Chevy Chase, Maryland, of cardiac arrest, 4 days after his 77th birthday.
Awards and nominations
Golden Globe Award