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Longtime 'SNL' Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

Updated: 08/19/2014 5:45 PM
Created: 08/19/2014 5:32 PM WDIO.com
By: FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Television and radio announcer Don Pardo, whose booming baritone was known to fans of "Saturday Night Live," ''The Price is Right" and other programs, has died. He was 96.

Pardo's daughter, Dona Pardo, says her father died Monday afternoon at his home in Tucson, Arizona. She says he moved to Tucson after retiring from "SNL."

For more than 60 years, Pardo's majestic voice graced newscasts, game shows and television programs. During shows such as the original version of "Jeopardy!," his answers to the question, "Tell 'em what they've won, Don Pardo," became a memorable part of the program.

And though rarely seen, he was an integral part of "Saturday Night Live" for nearly four decades in his role of introducing the cast to kick off each show.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died
AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine

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