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Homeless Man Is Given Second Chance

An Internet video of a homeless man showing off his self-described “God-given gift
of a great voice” has landed him a spot on a local radio show, a dream job with
the Cleveland Cavaliers and a house. “The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!” Ted Williams said while appearing on a morning radio show in Columbus called “Dave and Jimmy.”

Williams was offered the job and free home by a caller to the show who said she
represented the Cavaliers, the New York Post reported.

Williams will also appear on NBC’s TODAY on Thursday, Matt Lauer said Wednesday.

A reporter from the Columbus Dispatch came across Williams while he was panhandling near Interstate 71 recently. A sign he carried explained that he was a former radio announcer who had fallen on hard times.

“Any help will be gratefully appreciated,” the sign read.

The roadside interview with Williams that appears on YouTube shows that he isn’t
exaggerating: His delivery is as smooth as that of announcers heard on radio or
television. The popularity of the “the voice” video has soared on the Web, attracting coverage in the Post and on television news.

Williams said he grew up in Brooklyn, and at 14 took a field trip to a radio
station. While there, he was struck by the fact that one of the on-air announcers looked nothing like he sounded. “Radio is defined ‘theater of mind,’ ” the announcer told him.

Williams was hooked. He said it took years to develop his voice, and he also went to school for training.

“Alcohol and drugs — and a few other things — became my life,” Williams admitted, but added that he has “been two years clean.”


3 responses

  1. Steve Edwards

    Great Job! That was awesome to see and listen to. His voice is so clear and elegant.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:12 am

    • Thanks Steve! Hope to bring you more stories like this one in the near future!

      January 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

  2. eternalu

    TSA stopped Ted Williams from getting on his flight from Columbus to NYC. No appearance on “The Today Show” on Thursday morning. No visit to 92 year-old Mom in Brooklyn. See, he didn’t have ‘proper ID’, said the TSA. So Ted spent today at the Columbus Courthouse, trying to figure out how to get a copy of his birth certificate. Obviously he did have some form of ID, but the TSA wasn’t satisfied with it. The man has been homeless for four years. OK, America – What are we going to do about this out-of-control phony security dance? These blockheads, however, are typical of our society. Follow the little rule book, and throw common sense out the window. Wrong. No little rule book takes away YOUR OBLIGATION TO THINK FOR YOURSELF. There are times you have to make an exception. That’s “the exception that proves the rule”. It’s like the traffic cop giving the mother of the little girl in a coma in Las Vegas a ‘jaywalking ticket’ – gave it to her right in the hospital. Or the policeman giving a ticket to the Dad who raced to the hospital while his wife’s water broke in the car on the way to the hospital in New Hampshire. RETRAIN EVERYBODY — OR FIRE THEM.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:52 am

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