A Look Back at 'SNL' Announcer Don Pardo's Work
This March 14, 1992 photo provided by 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 Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine)
There's no word yet from Saturday Night Live powers that be — i.e. Lorne Michaels — about who will take over announcing duties in the new season, following the Aug. 18 death of Don Pardo.
And that's because Pardo, as heard in the compilation clip above, is irreplaceable. The iconic voice, which introduced cast members from Bill Murray and Chevy Chase to Billy Crystal and Julia Louis-Dreyfus through Tina Fey and Andy Samberg, was the announcer for every season of SNL except Season 7 (meaning 38 seasons in all).
"Every year the new cast couldn't wait to hear their name said by him," SNL creator Michaels told the New York Times.