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Dick Maitland, receiving his Emmy for technical achievement in sound, in 2006

Dick Maitland is a sound effects/foley artist who has worked continuously on Sesame Street and its various spin-off specials since 1969. Maitland has won eleven Emmy Awards for his work. His sound effects were also heard on the vast majority of Sesame Street albums.

Then and now, Maitland created many of his sounds through manual foley, in the tradition of old-time radio sound men, including Cookie Monster's cookie eating noises, footsteps for Muppets, and crashes. As Maitland recalled, "The first job I had was for a song called 'Windy.' They wanted a big crash at the end[...] So I went and got all the stagehands, and we made this big pile of crap in the middle of the stage. And at the right point, I threw myself at the pile and smashed it all over the floor."Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 229 Maitland is also the squeaky voice of Oscar's pet Slimey, operated by Martin P. Robinson.

When Maria first gave birth to Gabi on Sesame Street, Maitland's newborn son was used for the initial episode.[1]

Along with Barbara Wood, Roy Carch, Terry Ross, Bernard Fambrough, Bob Ring and others, he also provided the sound design for the Muppet specials The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. To date, along with the rest of the show's sound crew, Dick Maitland has received 11 Daytime Emmy Awards for either best sound mixing or sound editing (and in 2012, for both categories) and multiple nominations.

Maitland has also supplied sound effects for such series as The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact, Maya and Miguel, the Nick Jr. show Wonder Pets, and Third and Bird. Maitland is also a live "sweetener" (making sounds more audible) whose credits include Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Grammy Awards, A Capitol Fourth, Christmas in Wasington and Fashion Rocks. He provided surround effects for the One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure Planetarium grand opening in Beijing, China. For records, Maitland worked on comedian/impressionist David Frye's Richard Nixon albums I Am the President and Radio Free Nixon.


  1. Manning, Anita. "Mother's Day gift for kids; Sesame Street expands cast: 'It's a girl!'" USA Today. May 19, 1989.

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