Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Don Pardo, Announcer of Saturday Night Live Reportedly Died At The Age Of 96 years

Maybe some of us are familiar with Don Pardo, A well-known broadcaster who hosted Saturday Night Live for approximately 40 years is said to have died at the age of 96 years.

He broke his hip in March 2013, causing him to miss two episodes of SNL season, but he re-introduced the players starting in September.

In 2010, the booming baritone became the first broadcaster inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in recognition of a lifetime in the field of broadcasting, including work on game shows, including the original version of The Price Is Right and Jeopardy, soap operas, and news programs.

As a staff broadcaster NBC on November 22, 1963, he was among the first to tell the nation about the assassination attempt on President John F. Kennedy. At 1:45 Eastern time, Pardo, speaking more than one title card NBC Television Station, went into reruns Bachelor Father and said in a 22-second report :. "President Kennedy shot today just as the motorcade left downtown Dallas him Mrs. Kennedy jumped up and grabbed Mr. Kennedy. He cried," Oh, no. '"

"When I read the bulletin, I thought I sounded pretty good, considering," once said Pardo. "But if you think about it, I do not know how I did it."

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Pardo is a 31 year veteran of NBC when Lorne Michaels hired him as an announcer for SNL, which debuted on 11 September, 1975 Working out of the hallway and then recording booth in Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, every week he intoned, "It's Saturday Night Live!" before introducing castmembers, guest host and musical guest - a signature part of the show.

"He's very much a 'broadcaster'" Michaels said. "That's what I want, the voice of authority."

Hear the voice of Don Pardo in Sean Penn's "SNL" monologue from 1987:

In a sign of what was to come, Pardo flubbed the opening of the first event, transposing two words when he referred to the players as "The Not Ready for Primetime Players."

Pardo, who sometimes appeared in the SNL skits - one of the musical numbers are impressive 1976 with Frank Zappa - replaced for the 1981-1982 season and missed only a handful of other events due to illness. He wants to retire in 2004 but was told he had a lifetime contract if he chooses to accept it.

"I found that only two people [on NBC] never had a lifetime contract," he said, "Bob Hope and me."

Pardo stuck around, the first commuter on Thursday from his home in Tucson, Ariz., To Manhattan to make introductions SNL, then do the job from home.

"There's nothing like the moment when Don Pardo says your name," said the former SNL Jimmy Fallon.

Pardo Dominick was born on February 22, 1918, in Westfield, Mass. (his middle name is George because he was born on the birthday of George Washington)., Pardo acted in high school productions, Newton won the Perkins Prize for public speaking in the senior year, and Emerson attended Boston College. He wanted to be an actor, but thought he was not pretty enough.

As a member of the 20th century player, he was appearing regularly in Providence, RI, radio station WJAR, the NBC affiliate. Station manager heard Pardo gave a long narration and offered a job as an announcer.

In 1944, while visiting NBC in New York City, Pardo was asked to audition for a network job. He noted something for about a minute and was surprised to get an offer a few days later.

When NBC began experimenting with television in the summer of 1946, he played-by-play for a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds. Pardo has been hammered by one reviewer who complained she was speaking too much; as the radio, he used to fill every second in the air.

"I'm glad Lorne Michaels did not see a review," Pardo quipped during Hall of Fame induction speech of his.
Pardo pursue a career as a game show announcer, working on Winner Take All, Three on a Match, Call my Bluff, Jackpot and, starting in 1956, the Bill Cullen-hosted Price Is Right, where he also warms up the studio audience before the cameras rolled.

"He was fantastic in the warm-up," the Bob Stewart, who created the show, once said. "The audience came, and he will talk to them and make them excited. Then when the time comes to magic shows to start, he would put his hand up and the crowd would go absolutely silent. I was walking one day and saw this and said , 'sound they make very attractive, do not cut them. trademarks of the event so be that when we came on the air, there is crowd noise. was because of Don. "

Pardo chose not to move to California in 1963 when Price Is Right shifted to ABC, and he joined Jeopardy Merv Griffin's new show on NBC a year later. He remained with the quiz show for 11 years, missing only one release of more than 2,700 were produced. There, Jeopardy host Art Fleming introduces pop culture slogan, "Don Pardo, tell him what he's won!"

Pardo also worked on various TV shows All Star Revue, Caesar's Hour, The Colgate Comedy Hour, and The Jonathan Winters Show; soap Follow Your Heart, Three Steps to Heaven, and Find Tomorrow; series Dream On, Oz, The Simpsons, and 30 Rock; movie Radio Days (1987) and stay Tuned (1992); many TV commercials and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade; and WNBC-TV's groundbreaking Live at Five evening news program.

Oh, and one more: Listen to and watch Pardo appeared in the music video for "Weird Al" Yankovic song parody in 1984, "I Lost on Jeopardy," below:

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