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 Posted:   Aug 19, 2014 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Don Pardo, who was the announcer on "Jeopardy" and other game shows, but was also known as the announcer on "Saturday Night Live", has died. Condolences?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2014 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

One of the great, recognizable voices on television. Until I read his bio, I didn't realize that he had not announced Saturday Night Live for one of its seasons (the seventh), and had technically retired 10 years ago. But NBC (with whom he had a lifetime contract) flew him into New York, from Arizona, every week, just to do the live announcing for SNL. Thank you, Don Pardo.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2014 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I was reading that up to his passing, NBC would fly him out once a week to do his announcing bit (as Bob just mentioned).
I'm not saying that the constant flying did him specific harm, but who can think that it would possibly do him good? It seems like a lack of common sense on NBC's part.

At any rate, RIP.

 
 Posted:   Aug 19, 2014 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

On WNBC he broke the news of the shooting of John F. Kennedy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgvwA8UUaC0

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2014 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Here's a fine obituary of Don Pardo from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/19/nyregion/don-pardo-the-voice-of-saturday-night-live-dies-at-96.html?_r=0


And a video tribute from NBC's Brian Williams:

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/brian-williams-remembers-nbc-colleague-voice-snl-don-pardo-n184371

 
 Posted:   Aug 20, 2014 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

For me, I always remembered him doing the intro for Len Berman's Spanning The World (the sports blooper reel for NBC). Great voice. He will be missed.

 
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