Ohio Homeless Man Gets Second Chance At Life

The Columbus Dispatch
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 6:52pm

CLEVELAND, OH— A former radio announcer who grew addicted to drugs and alcohol is getting a second chance at life.

The NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers has offered a job to Ted Williams, 53, to do voice-over work and other jobs after a video posted of Williams and his sultry voice surfaced online.

The Columbus Dispatch web site posted the video of Williams giving small snippets of his “golden” voice work. The sign Williams holds reads “I have a God-given gift of a great voice.” The tenor voiced Williams has received countless offers, including the $10,000 offer for voice-over work.

Williams said he was introduced to radio at the age of 14 when he went on a field trip to a local radio station. Williams then went on to school and eventually got his degree in the field. Alcohol and drugs became a daily routine, and soon the radio host was on a Columbus Highway ramp holding his sign. He said he has been “clean” for two years.

Williams is a father of seven girls and two boys.

Williams was contacted by the Cavaliers on Wednesday, and offered him a position that could include announcing work at Quicken Loans Arena. Williams said the team offered him a two-year contract.

Williams is scheduled to appear on the “Today” show on Thursday.

Watch The Columbus Dispatch video here:

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/multimedia/video/video.html?videoUrl=http://www.dispatch.com/live/export-content/sites/dispatch/videos/2011/01/03/golden-homeless-voice-092457.xml

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