A a kid and later a teenager and even more into my adult years, I was, have been and remain a fan of Saturday Night Live.
I began watching it as an 11 year old with my friends during the mid 80’s when we would stay up late to watch the variety show but inevitably fall asleep around midnight. Good thing we all had VCRs and were able to tape each episode to watch what we missed when we woke up on Sunday morning.
Casts, directors, hosts and producers came and went but one thing has always been constant. Since 1975 when the show first went on the air, Don Pardo has been their most recognized and only true show announcer. He missed a season in the early 80’s after show producer Lorne Michaels left only to return a year later because, frankly, no one could replace that voice. Don Pardo has been with NBC since the late 40’s when T.V. was in it’s infancy. He’s tried to retire at least a dozen times but kept coming back to a show he loved and a show that loved him back.
This upcoming season of SNL will start off on a sad note without the famous opening montage announcer voice it has come to rely on. Don Pardo died today at the age of 96.
And to show you his dedication to the show after so many years, even in retirement, Don would fly from his home in Arizona every weekend to New York just to do his announcing for SNL. Most of us hate our short commute to our job, imagine having to fly 4 hours to work every week. In you 90’s.
Here’s Don with some great words for writers and announcers.
For you SNL fans out there, some great bloopers for SNL over the years.
Thanks for the memories Don Pardo. You will be missed. ~Bill