Don Pardo Dies At 96
August 19, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Condolences to family, friends and fans of DON PARDO, the legendary voice of NBC, who died MONDAY (8/18) at 96 in TUCSON, where he made his home.
PARDO started his career at WJAR-A/PROVIDENCE in 1938 and reported for NBC RADIO during WORLD WAR II. He joined the network staff as an announcer in 1944 and remained with NBC until his official retirement in 2004, providing his distinctive voice to countless shows including, most memorably, "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" (1975-2014) and the network version of "JEOPARDY!" (1964-75). He continued, however, to be heard doing the opening cast introductions for "SNL" through the end of last season, recording them in later years from his home in ARIZONA. The show is expected to present a PARDO tribute when its new season launches this fall.
PARDO, a member of the TELEVISION HALL OF FAME and RHODE ISLAND RADIO HALL OF FAME, also appeared on "WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC's 1984 parody "I LOST ON JEOPARDY."