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Don Pardo (born on February 22nd, 1918) was a TV-Personality who was best known as the voice of the long-running late night sketch show Saturday Night Live. Don died on August 18th, 2014 and his death was possibly because of natural causes.
Don was first hired for a radio position at WJAR-AM in Providence, R.I. in 1938. Pardo joined NBC as an in-house announcer in 1944, remaining on the network staff for the next 60 years. During World War II, he worked as a war reporter for NBC radio.
In the early 1950s (the true advent of television in the U.S.), he served as announcer for many of RCA's and NBC's closed-circuit color television demonstrations, but eventually became one of the top game-show announcers for the network.
Pardo began to make a name for himself on game shows for NBC as the resonant, unmistakable voice of the original "The Price Is Right" from 1956 until it moved to ABC some seven years later, then the short-lived "Call My Bluff"(1965) along with other announcer-narrators Johnny Olson and Wayne Howell. The next year, he moved to Jeopardy!, which he announced from 1964 until the original version of the series ended in 1975. Pardo reprised that role with a cameo voiceover in "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1984 song "I Lost on Jeopardy" (a parody of the Greg Kihn Band 1983's hit song "Jeopardy"). He also announced numerous other New York–based NBC game shows, such as Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and Jackpot!, all of which were Bob Stewart productions.
Pardo managed myriad other assignments at NBC, including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (until 1999), WNBC-TV's Live at Five news program, NBC Nightly News, and Wheel of Fortune (during two weeks of "on-location" shooting in 1988, when the show originated from New York and was using other announcers as substitutes after Jack Clark's death). In January 1986, Don Pardo replaced Hal Simms as announcer on the NBC soap opera Search for Tomorrow. He was the announcer until the final episode, on December 26, 1986
A lesser known fact is that Pardo was the on-duty live booth announcer for WNBC-TV in New York and the NBC network on November 22, 1963, and he was first to announce to NBC viewers that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. (His first bulletin interrupted a local WNBC-TV broadcast of Bachelor Father before the NBC network went live with the story.) Because NBC waited eleven minutes to begin videotaping the coverage, it was believed for decades that Pardo's historic bulletins were lost; but, almost 40 years later, an audio tape of the bulletins was discovered in a private collection.
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