His deep voice was a throwback to the era of old time radio staff announcers. Don Pardo didn’t start his career welcoming viewers week after week to Saturday Night Live. It just seems that way. Pardo began a lifetime gig with the Peacock Network in 1944. Seventy years later he was still at the mic for SNL.
Pardo died Monday at age 96.
As Pardo joined the roster on radio, NBC and General David Sarnoff were experimenting with television. His voice would become even more popular on the burgeoning medium.
Pardo’s personality made him a go-to-guy among the NBC stable of voices for game show duty. He was announcer on the original Price Is Right and Jeopardy!. But as the latter ended its 11-year run in 1975, Pardo got another boost as SNL started later that year.
Jerry Coleman was an integral part of the New York Yankees championship teams in the 1950s. Long before his Hall of Fame broadcasting career began with the Padres, Coleman joined Casey Stengel’s squad in 1949 as a second baseman. His offensive and defensive skills helped the Yankees make six World Series appearances, winning four rings. After winning the Rookie of the Year Award, Coleman earned his only All-Star berth in 1950. That same year, Coleman shined as World Series MVP with a stellar glove. He also drove home the winning run in Game 3.
Marty Appel, long associated with the Yankees as a publicist, producer and author, tells Tuned In that Coleman was the perfect player in Stengel’s world.
“He could play three positions and like Gil McDougald, gave Casey a lot of maneuverability for his system of platoon baseball,” Appel says. “A clutch player, a fine team man, and one of the ‘greatest generation,’ for his service to his country in two wars.”
His playing time was cut short because of flying hours with the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.
Coleman would get another opportunity with the Yanks, beginning a seven-season stint as television play-by-play voice in 1963 on WPIX. There were a couple of pennant winning teams early for Coleman to announce, ahead of the late 1960s doldrums in the Bronx. However, one moment got everyone out of their seats when Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run in May 1967.
Now that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is out at The View, the spinning and prognosticating begins.
The Hollywood Reporter gave its readers a list of the 15 best choices to grab a chair permanently on the ABC daytime show. Some of the names have been bandied about from their previous guest hosting stints, including Brooke Shields and Jenny McCarthy. However, former Today host Ann Curry is propped up at number two.
Even more intriguing is the magazine’s pick for number 11—Sue Simmons.
There’s no doubt Simmons, whose contract was not renewed by Channel 4 in June 2012 after 32 memorable years, has the track record and pedigree to take a role at the table or coach of The View.
Simmons’ longtime WNBC colleague Jane Hanson thinks it would be an awesome fit.
“She’d be perfect for them for adding insight and perspective, and she is a very good interviewer,” Hanson tells Tuned In.
All you need to know is three words–Live at Five. During that one-hour WNBC broadcast in the 1980s, Simmons showed a knack for hard news, softer features, and, of course, those countless celebrity interviews.
“That show rocked, and a big chunk of its success was Sue’s ability to interview, especially people in the music and entertainment business, which comes from her background,” Hanson says.