Ted Williams, from homeless to highly-sought for 'made for radio' voice (VIDEO)
Wednesday, January 5, 2011; 1:05 PM
Ted Williams, an Ohio homeless man, is receiving calls from employers seeking him out for his voice as Cindy Boren reported:
A homeless Ohio man wasn't boasting when he stood beside a Columbus street with a sign claiming that he has a "God-given gift of voice." All he needed was for someone to stop and listen, someone to ask him to speak in exchange for a dollar.
The person who did so, Doral Chenoweth III of the Columbus Dispatch, happened to have a video camera and now, because of millions of hits on a viral video, Ted Williams' luck is changing.
As Melissa Bell reported, it seems Williams may be headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers:
Last week, Ted Williams, a recovering drug addict and a homeless man, stood on the side of the road with a sign offering up his "golden voice."
Two days ago, a reporter at the Columbus Dispatch filmed the man and uploaded a video about him onto YouTube. Today, the video has gone viral and job offers are pouring in for Williams. It's being reported by the Associated Press he'll likely wind up at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are not the only company vying for Ted Williams' talents, as AP reported:
Williams' compelling tale has also drawn interest from NFL Films, which has chronicled pro football for nearly 50 years and wants to contact Williams.
"It's that voice," said Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production films for the NFL told The Associated Press. "When I heard him tell his story, I said, 'That's what we do. This guy can tell a story.' Somehow, some way, I need to get a demo with him."
Williams was spotted by The Columbus Dispatch standing near an exit ramp off Interstate 71. In a video interview, Williams - holding a cardboard sign that asks motorists for help and says, "I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times" - explains in his smooth, bottomless voice that he grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.. and that he was drawn to radio at the age of 14.
Williams described in the video that he went to school for his voice, but that his life was later affected by alcohol and drugs. Williams claims to have been sober for two years.
"The man deserves a second chance," said McLoughlin, who has not yet been able to contact Williams.
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