A birthday to celebrate
Tue Feb 19 23:19:17 EST 2008
Don Pardo is the last vestage of the WNBC staff announcer contact that
AFTRA had in New York. They would assign an announcer to a studio at
30 Rock and it would be that announcers domain no matter what the show
was. Pardo was assigned 8-H when Johnny
Olson relocated to LA in 1972.
Pardo told friends he planned to retire after this new show assigned
to 8-H folded in 1975. The show was SNL.
A footnote on the whacky system that NBC had.
Bill Wendell was assigned to be the booth announcer in I think 6-B at
30 Rock. He was there for Ernie K, and then forgotten game shows until
Letterman arrived. When Letterman moved to CBS he made sure that loyal
NBC employees had all benefits transferred.
On 2/19/08, Doug Drown <email@example.com> wrote:
> Westfield, Massachusetts native Don Pardo will be celebrating his 90th
> birthday this Friday. I remember Don from his days as an announcer on NBC
> game shows back in the mid '50s. He's been with the network since 1944.
> Amazing. Hats off to him! A true broadcasting legend.
> I've always found it a bit odd that Don is very, very seldom seen on
> Saturday Night Live, and I don't remember ever seeing him much on TV before
> that, despite the ubiquitousness of his voice. Does anyone know if this is
> a personal choice on his part?
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