Now He’ll Announce People As They Enter Through The Pearly Gates; Don Pardo Dies At 96

Don Pardo

Don Pardo, center, met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, during DiMaio’s brief stint as the SNL band leader in the late 1980’s.

Tuscon, AZ—Don Pardo, long-time announcer for “Saturday Night Live” as well as other television programs and game shows, died Monday. He was 96.

Born Dominick George Pardo in Westfield, Massachusetts, Pardo got his start as an announcer on NBC radio in 1944.

He made the transition along with NBC as they moved to television, and was the announcer for countless game shows, including “Jeopardy” and “The Price is Right” before it moved to Los Angeles.

But to the unaltered, unwashed masses, he was most famous as the announcer for Lorne Michaels “Saturday Night Live” every season except for season 7. Pardo had a lifetime contract with NBC, but retired in 2004. But damned if he didn’t still do the show, flying in from his home in Arizona once a week, until recent years when he recorded the cast names at his home.

He appeared on the big screen as well in 1987’s “Radio Days” and had a cameo in “RECOiL.”

He is survived by his daughters, Paula, Dona and Katherine, two sons, David and Michael; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Continue reading