‘Saturday Night Live’ Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

Don Pardo arrived at the Academy Of Televison Arts & Sciences' 19th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 20, 2010 in Beverly Hills. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Don Pardo arrived at the Academy Of Televison Arts & Sciences' 19th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 20, 2010 in Beverly Hills. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer whose deep, resonant voice was heard for more than three decades on “Saturday Night Live,” has died. He was 96.

Pardo died Monday evening, according to NBC spokesman Rich Licata. The cause was not given, but Pardo reportedly broke a hip last year.

After launching his broadcasting career at a small radio station in Providence, R.I., Pardo began his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC in New York City in 1944.

He was an announcer for radio shows such as “Front Page Farrell” and “Pepper Young’s Family” before moving into the new medium of television, where he was an announcer for shows ranging from “Caesar’s Hour” and “The Kate Smith Evening Hour” to the original versions of “The Price is Right” and “Jeopardy!”

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