Walter Allen Teas Jr., a former AM-radio morning host who also made numerous commercials at a studio he owned, died of heart disease June 19 at his Catonsville home. He was 84.
Born in San Antonio, he worked in radio in his home town, as well as Dallas, St. Louis and Tulsa before moving to Baltimore in 1953 and joining WFBR-AM. He used the phrase, "Walt Teas, if you please" on its morning show broadcast from North Avenue.
In 1959, he became a freelance announcer and commercial narration artist.
In 1983, with his son, Walter Allen Teas III, he founded his Sound One Productions, which was initially on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City and later in Catonsville.
"He was unknown outside of his circle of co-worker friends, yet his voice has been heard by millions. A shy man, he has been called one of the greatest voice talents alive," his son said.
When the Enchanted Forest theme park opened in the 1950s in Howard County, Mr. Teas did voices for Willie the Whale and other characters. He also narrated tapes used by the National Parks Service at Independence Hall in Philadelphia and the Gettysburg Battlefield.
Mr. Teas enjoyed photography and computers.
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Betty Lou Wiggins.
Services were held Saturday.