Legendary Saturday Night Live Announcer Don Pardo Is Dead At 96

August 19, 2014 4:54 PM

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Legendary Saturday Night Live Announcer Don Pardo Is Dead At 96

With an authoritative voice, an underrated ability to inflect and decades of credibility from his work on beloved television shows, Don Pardo managed to earn one of two lifetime contracts NBC ever gave out, putting him on a pedestal alongside Bob Hope. If any announcer ever deserved that lofty company, it was Don Pardo. He worked for the Peacock Network for 70 years, a run which sadly came to an end when he passed away on Monday evening at the age of 96.

Following college, Pardo began work as a radio man in Providence, Rhode Island. That led to an audition with NBC in 1944. He was hired and soon started working both the news and baseball broadcasts for the network. By the late 1950s, he was the primary voice behind hit game shows like Price Is Right...

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