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.”