Carl Day, the beloved Dayton broadcaster who became as nearly well known for his courageous battle with cancer as for his Emmy-winning work as an anchor and commentator, passed away this week. He was 72.
Day spent 15 years as an anchor at Dayton’s WDTN and recently had been providing commentary segments for WRGT and WKEF. Day was diagnosed with leukemia over a decade ago but continued to appear on TV during his treatment, raising awareness of the debilitating condition along the way. According to Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman, a longtime friend of Day’s, cancer nearly killed Day on four separate occasions. “He beat the odds and returned to the television work he loved so much,” Huffman wrote on Thursday.
Unfortunately the cancer finally overtook Day, spreading throughout his body and into his brain. He stayed committed to his TV career to the very end, though, and he even planned to incorporate footage from his recent treatments into commentary pieces for WRGT and WKEF.
“He did not stop,” Day’s daughter Holly Eggert told the Dayton Daily News. “When he was down, he’d think about stories to do.”