‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

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Don Pardo, whose voice was synonymous with “Saturday Night Live” for generations of fans, has died. The radio and TV announcer was 96.

CBS Radio News confirmed the news with a Tweet:

Pardo lent his voice to every season of “SNL” except one, making his the longest tenure of anyone associated with the show (creator Lorne Michaels was away for five years in the 1980s). He also missed one episode in 2013 due to a hip injury. “SNL” alum Darrell Hammond filled in for him then, doing his best Pardo impression throughout the show.

Since his official retirement from NBC in 2004, Pardo would often pre-record the “SNL” intros from his home in Arizona.

A 2010 inductee into the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo also served as the announcer for game shows such as “The Price Is Right” and the original version of “Jeopardy!” Appropriately, he made a cameo on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 1984 song parody “I Lost on Jeopardy.”

Pardo was also a dedicated newsman who was the first to tell NBC viewers that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas in 1963. He was also a war reporter for NBC Radio during World War II.

“Saturday Night Live” cast members, guests and celebrity admirers shared their memories of Pardo on social media after the news broke.

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  1. GozieBoy says:

    I asked for, and he sent me, an autographed pic with a very nice note … in about 1980! Great guy.

  2. Reblogged this on Media Devour and commented:
    RIP Don Pardo

  3. Tony Campise says:

    . . . I would love to hear Don Pardo introduce everyone who has been on SNL over the last 38 years, from season1 in 1975 until his final show.

  4. Chuck Kopsho says:

    I have a boxed set of DVD’s of “The Price is Right”, and there are three episodes of the Bill Cullen version w/Mr. Pardo as the show’s announcer back in the ’50s and ’60s. He was a very professional announcer, and will be sorely missed.

  5. oakraidfan says:

    Thank God that KFOG FM radio in S.F. immortalized him in their “Ten At Ten” series. R.I.P. “Don” Pardo.

  6. jimmysee says:

    Wow — both Don Pardo and Bob Sheppard, the voice of the Yankees, are two New York icons, both now gone, who will forever be associated with the City!

  7. marmelmm says:

    Well, the big voiceover booth in the sky has just gained a major talent. Rest well, Mr. Pardo. You’ll be missed. :(

  8. Dave says:

    We’ll miss you, Mr. Pardo !! You brought a lot of Smiles to faces over the years …I know you did, mine ! Prayers have been said for those who Love you, Sir !

  9. piker62 says:

    Dude had a good run.

  10. dee says:

    Loved it when his voice was part of a sketch… I remember him in a skit with Susan Lucci and Gene Rayburn.

  11. Chris says:

    The biggest reason SNL has one of the best show opens in TV history is Don Pardo. “It’s Saturday Night Live…” Man I’m going to miss his voice.

  12. That voice: that command, that positive sound, whether serious or with a touch of humor, oh, my, how it will be missed!!!!

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