Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, is dead. He was 96.
According to The New York Times, Pardo, the longtime announcer of SNL, died in Tucson on Monday. Although most would recognize his voice from Saturday Night Live, Pardo began his career in radio before becoming the announcer for both The Price Is Right and Jeopardy!. Pardo then moved to SNL in 1975, where he announced the show’s first episode in October. Since then, he’d stayed with the show for 38 seasons, having only missed season seven. His final introduction came in May, when he announced the finale, hosted by Andy Samberg.
Pardo is survived by his three daughters, Paula, Dona, and Katherine, and his two sons, David and Michael, in addition to five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.