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Veteran SNL announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, has died at the age of 96.

Pardo got his start in radio in 1938, and became the in-house announcer for NBC in 1944. The veteran television and radio host retired from the network in 2004, TVLine reports, but still recorded the introductions for SNL, most recently from his home in Arizona. Pardo missed just one season of SNL, 1981-1982. He was also heard during the early days of The Price is Right, Jackpot, and Jeopardy!

Watch the clip below to hear the consummate professional talk about his announcing style. --Catherine Garcia