Chalk it up as another win for the power of the Internet.
A YouTube video of Ted Williams, a homeless man in Columbus, Ohio, revealed that he had the “golden voice,” perfect for radio or television announcements, a gift he often tried to maximize while panhandling.
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Williams was once trained in radio, but a bout with hard luck and drugs and alcohol left him jobless and homeless. The video, which shows the Brooklyn-native panhandling by the side of the road, went viral after the newspaper Columbus Dispatch posted it on their site on Monday.
Williams, who says he’s been clean for two years now, was then invited to be a guest on radio and television shows (including CBS’s Early Show) and the offers started flooding in. A listener called in to a radio show on WNCI and offered Williams a full-time job doing voiceover work for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their parent company, as well as a free home in Cleveland. An offer which clearly thrilled a stunned Williams.
“The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!,” he marveled.