The Ohio Man with the Golden Voice

If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside, read this story.  You will be inspired.  And it comes from Columbus, Ohio.  Yay Ohio! 

This past week, a homeless man named Ted Williams became an internet sensation for his incredible, booming radio announcer voice.  The Columbus Dispatch filmed him panhandling on the side of the road, holding up a sign that said:

“I have a God given gift of voice.  I am an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times.  Please!  Any help will be greatfully appreciated.  And God bless you.  Happy Holidays.”

The local paper recorded Williams showcasing his outrageous vocal talent and then put the video online.  Since then, millions of viewers have watched, and Williams has become known as the man with the ‘golden voice’.  Williams has been offered a plethora of jobs, including a full-time voiceover position for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the job which he accepted.  The Cavs even bought him a house. 

Williams said he went to broadcasting school, but then lost his career due to alcohol and drugs.  He has been clean and sober for two years and is ready to turn his life around.

William’s mother, at 92 years old, is still alive to see Williams off the streets and living out his dream.  He gets tearful in the interview below when speaking of how happy this makes him.

This man is an example of how it is never too late to change and become who you want to be.  I’m rooting for you Ted Williams!

The original video of Williams on the street:

Williams being interviewed on The Early Show on CBS: [The video won’t play back here, but if you click on ‘Watch on Youtube’, a new window will open up and take you directly to the video.]



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6 Responses to The Ohio Man with the Golden Voice

  1. J.Lo says:

    I love this story! I always get teary eyed when I see any video of him. Good story of redemption.

  2. Catherine says:

    This story made me so incredibly happy. 🙂

  3. Julia, your news reporting is as great as your creative writing! What a talent you have.
    I think Ted Williams is probably an angel in disguise, come to remind us all that there is still hope and possibility and goodness and God’s voice in the world. I’m so happy for him. Hope his family doesn’t start to get on his nerves. I didn’t know he took the Cavs job and house. If it were fiction, it’d be unbelievable. So fantastic!

  4. OysterSunshine says:

    Thanks, Mimosa, for writing about a man who truly deserved a break. How wonderful of the Cleveland Cavs for providing him with not only a job, but a house as well. Happy New Year to Mimosa and Ted Williams.

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