Don Pardo Dies; Saturday Night Live Announcer Was 96

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Don Pardo, the voice behind Saturday Night Live for 38 seasons, passed away on Monday, according to his daughter.

He was 96 years old.

Don Pardo for SNL

Pardo broke into broadcasting at a small radio station in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to New York City in 1944 to begin his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC.

You may not know his face, but you’ve heard his voice:

Transitioning to television, Pardo announced for such shows as Jeopardy!, The Kate Smith Evening Hour, NBC Nightly News, The Price Is Right, Three on a Match and Winning Streak.

On November 22, 1963, Pardo delivered the audio news bulletin to NBC viewers that President John F. Kennedy, Jr. had been shot in Dallas.

Pardo - a Massachusetts native who grew up in Connecticut - lost his wife, Kay, in 1995.

He served as the sole SNL announcer for every season except one (1981-1982) and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2010.

“RIP Don Pardo.  A voice that meant so much,” Tweeted Seth Meyers upon learning the news, while Bobby Moynihan added:

"On Sept 13th 2008 I heard Don Pardo say my name for the first time. I cried until the 16th. Thanks Don. I owe you a coffee."

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