Just a few days ago, Ted Williams was homeless. He lived on the streets of Colombus, Ohio, and would entertain passersby with his perfect radio/movie voiceover voice for spare change. Recently a video of Williams doing his thing turned up online and everyone, myself included, was blown away by this man’s unique talent. As soon as I saw the clip, I knew that Williams was destined for fame.
Well, it turns out I was right, because shortly after the video of Williams appeared online, the Cleveland Cavaliers not only hired Williams to do voiceover work for them, but they even bought him a house! Here’s a quote from the New York Post:
“The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!,” repeated a stunned Williams, 53, on local radio station WNCI.
A caller to the show who said she represented the Cavs offered Williams a full-time job doing voiceover work for the team and parent company and a free home in Cleveland.
The Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, native trained to be a radio announcer before drugs and alcohol ruined his chances at a career, and he was reduced to begging on the side of a road in Columbus, Ohio, before the newspaper found him.
“I’ve been out there about a year; I just didn’t know anything like this would ever happen,” an overwhelmed Williams said earlier in the show. “There’s so many words. I’ve already been compared to Susan Boyle…I’m just so happy.”
Isn’t that just the sweetest, most heart-warming thing you’ve ever heard? This news story actually gets me choked up, it’s so great. We could be looking at the next Don Lafontaine here!