96 (passed away Aug. 18th, 2014)
Feb. 22nd, 1918
Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Dominick George "Don" Pardo was an American radio and television announcer whose career spanned more than seven decades.
A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo was noted for his 70-year tenure 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. His longest, and best-known, announcing job was for NBC's Saturday Night Live, a job he held for 38 seasons, from the show's debut in 1975 until 1981 and then 1982 until his death in 2014.
- Announcer for NBC Radio's "The Magnificent Montague" (1950-1951).
- One of two people to have a lifetime contract with NBC. The other was 'Bob Hope (I)' (qv).
- Has been the announcer for _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) for every season except the seventh. Thus, he is the person that's been involved with the show for the longest, even longer than executive producer 'Lorne Michaels' (qv) who left the show from 1980-1985.
- Joined NBC Radio as a staff announcer on June 15, 1944.
- In addition to being the staff announcer on Saturday Night Live he is also the staff announcer for the Live at Five news program on WNBC-TV Channel 4 in New York City.
- His booth in Studio 8H during _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) is located at the exact spot in which 'Arturo Toscanini' (qv) used to conduct the NBC Symphony Orchestra on radio and later, television, from 1937 to 1950 (the concerts took place in Carnegie Hall from 1950 to 1954).
- Does the opening announcement for J.P.'s "College of 97 Rock Knowledge" on 97 Rock WGRF FM, a rock radio show based in Buffalo, NY.
- Retired in 2004 and moved to Tucson, Arizona but _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv) producers convinced to continue announcing for the show. For every new episode, Pardo is flown from his home to NYC. For a few episodes, they let him tape introductions from his home. But the producers preferred having him in the studio to warm-up the audience and insisted he come to each "SNL" to announce.
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