Thursday, January 06, 2011

Homeless man with 'golden voice' gets second chance after viral video

A YouTube video of a homeless man has given him a second chance at life. Ted Williams (not THAT Ted Williams) has been given a job, and a home, he said as he appeared on local Columbus, OH radio station WNCI.

Williams said,
"The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!"
A caller to the show said she represented the Cleveland Cavaliers, and offered Williams, 71, a full-time job doing voice-over work for the team and its parent company, as well as a free home in Cleveland.

The video went viral after it was posted by the local newspaper the Columbus Dispatch on Monday. The story centered around Williams and his dulcet tones, which Williams claimed, in his sign asking for help, were a "God-given gift of voice."

Indeed, listening to his voice, one can imagine him being on radio or TV, and others noticed it, too. Reportedly, even MTV, ESPN, and NFL Films were looking for Williams. Kevin McLoughlin, director of post-production films for the National Football League said:
"My boss said to me: 'If you don't get him hired, you're fired.'"
One has to wonder if Williams took the Cavs offer to quickly; there may be something better out there.

What happened to Williams to bring him to his homeless state? He admitted it was:
“Alcohol and drugs - and a few other things - became a part of my life, and I've got two years clean.”
Williams is scheduled to appear on the TODAY Show with Matt Lauer. We wish him well, and hope that the attention he is getting does not bring him back to the dark shadows that led him to his current, or rather, past, state.

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