Ted Williams, the (Not for Long) Homeless Man with the Radio Voice, on The Today Show
Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden-age radio voice, has enjoyed a remarkable ascent: On Tuesday, a video of him demonstrating his talent by a highway exit exploded across the Internet, racking up more than 4 million YouTube views in 24 hours; on Wednesday, he excitedly revealed that he was being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers for an announcer gig, and that they'd offered him a house to live in; today, Williams finds himself on The Today Show. The interview is long, but worth watching. Williams shares more about his past and the religious faith that he says brought him out of his decline intro drug use and alcoholism, makes the Cleveland joke everyone was afraid to make ("they said they're going to give me LeBron's old house"), and reveals that Kraft asked him to audition to be the voice announcing their macaroni and cheese. (via Mediaite)Read on...
Homeless Man with Radio Voice Offered Free House, Job with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Ted Williams, the Columbus-area homeless man whose amazing radio voice talent we highlighted yesterday, will not be homeless for much longer: In a radio interview on local station WNCI today, Williams revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers had offered him a full-time announcing job and a house. In the less than 24 hours since his video exploded online, the "radio man" has gotten lots of other offers and tons of goodwill:
Before the Cavs made their bid, the station said a group of credit unions offered Williams a contract worth up to $10,000; a caller claiming to rep MTV expressed interest in having him guest-announce a show; and callers who said they were the voiceover actors behind plugs for "The Simpsons" and "Entertainment Tonight" said they wanted him to compete on their upcoming "America's Next Voice" -- where the prize includes a home studio.We've seen viral video stars blow up on the Internet, but I can't think of one that has taken off this quickly or to this good effect: It helps that in addition to having such a pronounced, unusual talent, Williams seems like a really good guy eager to turn his life around. Hopefully, his Internet fame and offer from the Cavs will help him do just that. CBS News clip below (and you can bet that in addition to telling his story, Williams shows off his radio voice):Read on...