CBC newscaster Brian Dance is saying goodbye to the broadcast booth after five decades on the air

His banter with fellow broadcaster Sheryl MacKay propelled North by Northwest to the top of the ratings heap

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      One of the kindest and most mentally stable people in media will soon disappear from the airwaves.

      After 51 years in broadcasting, CBC Radio One weekend news editor Brian Dance has decided to retire.

      Why do I use the words "mentally stable"?

      To put it simply, it's because Dance is unflappable, exceedingly gracious, and relentlessly upbeat. I know this because I was lucky to work on the same floor as him many years ago.

      Dance might also have the finest pipes in broadcasting, with a voice that jumps out of the radio.

      He's been the weekend editor of the CBC radio newscast in B.C. since 1997. His friendly on-air banter with North by Northwest host Sheryl MacKay has helped this show attract sky-high ratings without ever resorting to sensationalism.

      This year on the program, Dance revealed that he was recruited in the 1970s by legendary wrestling announcer Ed Whalen to become one of the voices on Stampede Wrestling.

      He also covered several Olympics and many international ski races, including Kerrin-Lee Gartner's gold medal win at the 1992 Albertville Games.

      Dance began his career as a disc jockey at CHUB Radio in Nanaimo before moving to Calgary two years later to cover news and sports at CFAC Radio in Calgary, according to Vancouverbroadcasters.com.

      This bio states that he joined CBC Calgary a few years later before moving to Toronto in 1984 as a national sports reporter. In 1987, he won the Doug Gilbert Award as Canada's sportscaster of the year. 

      Dance transferred to radio sports in Vancouver in 1989.

      Back in 2015, Dance wrote about how his vacation property in Christina Lake was threatened by a wildfire. He was working in Vancouver when the evacuation alert came when "ember showers" started sprinkling down in the community.

      "Support came from communities all over the region," he wrote. "Crews attacked properties, erecting structural protection, dropping off water. I later discovered a 2500-gallon water bladder filled next to my house, connected to an elaborate sprinkler system."

      Below, you can see a video tribute to Dance that was broadcast on CBC News at 6

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