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Video of golden-voiced homeless guy leads to full-time job offer from Cavs

Jan 5, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT


It’s the dream of any man in America; except of course LeBron James. Ted Williams, the ex-radio announcer who as of Tuesday was homeless and panhandling on a freeway off-ramp, has been offered a full-time job with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Tuesday we told you about Williams, who was spotted by a Columbus Dispatch reporter at a Columbus, OH intersection with his unique sign, offering to demonstrate his “God-given gift of voice” for cash. The reporter filmed the encounter, as Williams explained how he lost a professional radio career and ended up panhandling. Video below.

That led to a flurry of coverage on the ‘nets, including a mention on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, CNN and a visit to the CBS Early Show. Then, Columbus morning radio show Dave and Jimmy, on Clear Channel-owned WNCI, arranged for Williams to come in for an on-air interview. And that led to a flood of job offers.

Update from Ritchey’s channel, the YouTube user who first posted the video:

UPDATE-FINAL: Well everyone. You can give yourselves and Ted a high-five. He’s being given offers hand-over-fist over the air. He’ll be set for life.

My request to all. Whenever you run across a story such as this, don’t assume it’ll take a life of its own, on its own. It won’t. It can’t. There are too many other stories that drown out the one before it.

You need to spend time to get that story and its word out to many. If you care, you’ll do it.

Keep the faith, pay forward and always lend a hand; even if you’re the one who needs it.

God bless Mr. Williams. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of him for sometime to come.

And, via The Score:

Williams has been offered a gig doing voice over work with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs have also bought him a house.

Whoa! Well played, Dan Gilbert.

Ted’s job offer from the Cavs is below, beginning at about the 4:30 mark:

The original video:

‘Golden-voiced’ homeless man lands radio spot [MSNBC]
Homeless guy has totally awesome radio voice [Off the Bench]

  1. careyfalter - Jan 5, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    I commented about this amazing story on my blog:

  2. gregshk - Jan 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Wow I was just showing my buds at work this guy and his amazing voice yesterday.
    It is so nice to see a guy get a second chance.A lot of poverty out there but there is help.

  3. Maryalice C - Jan 5, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    I am very happy for him and I have a feeling he will pay it forward!