Over nearly four decades, performers have come and gone on Saturday Night Live. With the exception of one season in the early 1980’s, announcer Don Pardo has been the show’s only constant. That is until night. Pardo died in his sleep last night. He was 96.
Although long associated with SNL, Pardo was also the voice on the original versions of both The Price is Right and Jeopardy!
Pardo joined NBC in 1944 and would remain for 60 years. Despite retiring a decade ago, Pardo remained the voice of SNL recording his intros at home.
Here is an audio clip of Pardo on November 22, 1963 informing NBC viewers that President Kennedy had been shot.