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Don Pardo

Don Pardo

Westfield, Massachusets, United States

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• First radio job was for WJAR, an NBC affiliate in Providence, R.I., in 1938.

• Began working for NBC Studios in New York in 1944.

• Broke into an episode of Bachelor Father on NBC in 1963 to announce President Kennedy had been shot.

• Was the original announcer for both The Prince is Right and Jeopardy!

• Was the announcer for every season of Saturday Night Live from the beginning until season 39 (except season 7, the only one without Lorne Michaels as the producer).

• Retired in 2004, but continued to work for SNL, either flying into New York or recording the intro from his home in Arizona.

• Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2010.