‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer Don Pardo Dead At 96
All it took for Don Pardo to become a nationally-known voice was for him to say “hello” to an NBC supervisor while taking a tour while vising 30 Rockefeller Plaza. He’d been with NBC since 1944.
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By 1975, NBC needed an announcer for a late-night sketch comedy show, “NBC’s Saturday Night,” later known as “Saturday Night Live.” Pardo was selected, and he served in that role for all but one of the show’s seasons, introducing generations of the show’s cast and guests – from Chevy Chase and John Belushi to Gilda Radner and Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig.
And each week: “It’s Saturday Night Live!”
Pardo retired from NBC in 2004 but continued with “SNL,” which first aired in 1975, only missing a few weeks because of health problems such as a broken hip last year.
Pardo was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 201
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