Don Pardo, the long time television, radio & Saturday Night Live announcer has passed away at age 96.Pardo was first hired by NBC in 1944. 

A most versatile announcer, Pardo had announced the very early versions of classic TV shows including The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy, and NBC Nightly News.

Pardo was also the announcer for NBC's iconic Saturday Night Live for all but one of its seasons, 1981-1982. He continued to provide voiceover services during the program's opening montage, several years after his retirement from NBC.

Interestingly, Don Pardo was featured on recording by musicians Frank Zappa and even Weird Al Yankovic. The latter, using his voice on the parody hit, "I Lost On Jeopardy."

Pardo was inducted into The Television Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

 

In this video courtesy emmytvlegends.org, Don Pardo talks about life behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live.