Don Pardo: Voice of Saturday Night
By: Legacy Staff
4 years ago
Prolific television announcer Don Pardo (1918 - 2014) was the voice of "Saturday Night Live" for its first 39 years (minus the forgettable 1981-82 season).
His golden tones welcomed viewers to the iconic sketch comedy program as well as to game shows such as "The Price Is Right" and "Jeopardy!" At one point in his long career, Pardo also performed announcing duties for the "NBC Nightly News."
Pardo's voice is a rich part of TV history, and though he has died, he will be remembered by the generations who listened to what he had to say.
Thank you Don! I took your voice for granted...forgive me! You were a constant in a world that always changed.
—Philip, Viera, Florida
See more tributes to Don Pardo
On Sept 13th 2008 I heard Don Pardo say my name for the first time. I cried until the 16th. Thanks Don. I owe you a coffee.— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan) August 19, 2014
Don Pardo can now really be the voice of god. #RIP— marc maron (@marcmaron) August 19, 2014
1983, my 1st day on-air at WNBC, Don Pardo said my name in the Live @ Five open. He came up, smiled and said, "I punched it for you". Yes!!— Al Roker (@alroker) August 19, 2014
Don Pardo thank you for saying my name twice. Dream come true. RIP LEGEND!— christina applegate (@1capplegate) August 19, 2014