Photo Flash: Remembering Don Pardo

August 22
11:52 AM 2014

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Don Pardo, best known as the announcer for NBC's long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, has passed away earlier this week at the age of 96.

Pardo was The Voice behind Saturday Night Live for all but one of its seasons. He continued to provide voiceover services during the program's opening montage, several years after his retirement from NBC.

A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo was noted for his long association with NBC, working as the announcer for early incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News.

Pardo's was the fourth voice heard on the show's premiere episode in 1975, after the first cold open sketch featuring Michael O'Donoghue, John Belushi, and Chevy Chase. He remained the program's announcer except for one season (1981-1982), when it was announced by Mel Brandt or Bill Hanrahan. After the show's host proclaimed the show's signature opening line, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!", Pardo would announce the show's title, then names the cast members and musical guest(s) in a voice-over during the opening montage.

A dedicated newsman, Pardo was the first to inform NBC TV viewers that President Kennedy had been shot inDallas in 1963. According to Variety, he also served as a war reporter forNBC Radio during World War II.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Don Pardo: (NOTE: Slight modifications have been made to the original work)

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Flash: Remembering Don Pardo
Don Pardo on Septebmer 18th, 1981 at the 'Live at Five' studios in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Don Pardo
Liz Smith and Don Pardo on Septebmer 18th, 1981 at the 'Live at Five' studios in New York City.

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.

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