Thursday, January 6, 2011

Homeless man with 'golden radio voice' gets a Dream Job


Ted Williams (born 1957) is a voiceover artist from Columbus, Ohio who became famous when a brief interview with him while he was homeless was posted to YouTube, quickly becoming a viral video sensation. He has been called the "Homeless Man with the Golden Voice".



Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Williams has nine kids, seven girls and two boys. He is 53 years old. Williams served three years for the United States Army. His inspiration to become a radio announcer came from a field trip at age 14, when he found that a radio announcer who he had heard looked nothing like he had imagined. Williams had experience as a radio disc jockey before, though Williams stated that around 1996, drug and alcohol abuse complicated his career leading to his then-current state of homelessness. He has currently been clean and sober for two and a half years.
A YouTube video was recorded in Columbus, Ohio at the Hudson Street off-ramp of Interstate 71, and posted January 3, 2011. It was recorded by Doral Chenoweth, a videographer for the Columbus Dispatch. Within one day, it had been viewed over 5,000,000 times. Williams' story also garnered a large following on the social news website Reddit, with many users pledging donations of money, clothes, and job offers. On January 5, 2011, Williams appeared on "Dave and Jimmy" on WNCI and was interviewed (since clean shaven and hair cut) by The Early Show on CBS.
On January 5, 2011, the day after Williams became an internet sensation, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball team offered him a job and a house. The offer calls for Williams to do full-time voiceover work with the Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena. Williams responded, "That’s the best deal ever!"
via wiki

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