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Tue August 19, 2014

Iconic TV Announcer Don Pardo Dies At 96

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 3:59 pm

Fans of Saturday Night Live and the original versions of The Price is Right and Jeopardy! recognize Don Pardo's voice immediately.

They may not be able to identify his face, but his voice was famous.

Pardo died Monday in Tucson, Ariz. He was 96 years old.

An NBC spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he died in his sleep.

Pardo began working for NBC in 1944 and stayed with the network for 60 years.

While he did a variety of jobs throughout his career, perhaps the one that got him the most attention was making the SNL cast introductions at the beginning of the show, which came right after the opening skit.

Pardo was hired by Lorne Michaels in 1975, and except for one season, he was the show's announcer.

Michaels told The New York Times that SNL will pay tribute to Pardo when the next season begins.

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Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Our last word in Business Today. It is the loss of a legendary voice.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE")

DON PARDO: It's "Saturday Night Live."

GREENE: You probably know that voice - Don Pardo. He introduced audiences to the cast of "Saturday Night Live" from the very start in 1975.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE")

PARDO: From Saturday Night News headquarters, this is Weekend Update with Chevy Chase.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Don Pardo has passed away at the age of 96. He spent 70 of those years with NBC. His career as an announcer there started back in 1944. And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.

GREENE: And I'm David Greene. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.