LOS ANGELES, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Veteran broadcaster Don
Pardo, the seldom-seen, booming-voiced announcer for NBC's
television sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" for nearly
40 years, died on Monday aged 96, the New York Times and other
media reported.

Pardo's death at his home in Tucson, Arizona, where he had
continued to pre-record his weekly introductions for the New
York-based "Saturday Night Live" during the past few years, was
confirmed by his daughter, Dona Pardo, the Times said.

Pardo, who began his six-decade-plus broadcasting career in
the radio age of the 1930s, was with "Saturday Night Live" for
its debut in 1975 and was the show's announcer every year since
then, except during its 1981-1982 season.

Viewers heard him at the beginning of the show announcing
the cast and guest stars in his grand, distinctive style,
stretching out words for effect. He also closed each show by
reading the guests slated to appear for the following week, and
sometimes performed voice-overs in skits.

In doing so, he literally introduced TV audiences to some of