Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Don Pardo, R. I. P.

Deadline: The longtime NBC announcer who did the voice-over on Saturday Night Live since its launch died today. Don Pardo’s daughter Paula confirmed his death to CBS Radio News. He was 96. Pardo was NBC’s staff announcer for more than 60 years. His voice was familiar to generations of Americans on radio and TV, commercials and game shows, news and sports. On the original version of Jeopardy!, host Art Fleming would start the show with “Thank you, Don Pardo” and tease winners with, “Don Pardo, tell him what he’s won!” His game show credits also include The Price Is Right, Jackpot and Three On A Match. 

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


George said...

One of the great Radio Voices. He had a good sense of humor, too!

Anonymous said...

He did. I remember the original Jeopardy when Art Fleming would always say, "Thank you, Don Pardo. Thank you, friends."

I miss the old days.


Unknown said...

Judy and I watched that show all the time. Remember how clunkily the answers were revealed?

Michael E. Stamm said...

And let's not forget Pardo's voice appearance in Weird Al Yankovic's "I Lost on Jeopardy," saying the kind of lines he had probably wanted to say on the show years before.

Unknown said...

A classic!