Walker Edmiston reading ATOMIC PLATTERS at his home, 2005
Popular Culture Loses a Man of a Million Voices

Friend of CONELRAD and veteran voice artist, actor and puppeteer Walker Edmiston has passed away. Edmiston, 81, died on February 15th in his Woodland Hills, CA home following complications from cancer. Walker, a sweet and funny man, was interviewed by Bill Geerhart in 2005 for the Bear Family Records release ATOMIC PLATTERS: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security. When asked for an impromptu, recorded CONELRAD endorsement, Edmiston obliged with a brilliantly improvised "station ID" in the cadence of a stereotypical Cold War Russian. Edmiston employed a similar voice to great effect in his 1959 novelty song "I Dreamt I Saw Khrushchev (In a Pink Cadillac)."

Walker Edmiston


In addition to providing the incongruously adult voice of the Tranya-loving Clint Howard in a 1966 Star Trek episode, Walker played the character of Enik, the lead Sleestak on the original Land of the Lost. In his early-to-mid career, Edmiston hosted a long-running and beloved kiddie show in Los Angeles. For much more on the incomparable Walker Edmison, please visit his ATOMIC PLATTERS page. Here's hoping that Walker, a true original, is relishing a nice cool glass of Tranya in voiceover heaven.
Walker Edmiston reading ATOMIC PLATTERS at his home, 2005

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