Before as a Homeless Man With The Golden Voice!
Homeless Man Viral Video Success Story The Original Video Homeless man w/golden radio voice in Columbus, OH (Update-FINAL) The Original Video That as of 1-5-11 has over 10million views since January 03, 2011
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTysXITBCmk
The News Video Ted Williams – Homeless Man – Golden Voice CBS NEWS [REAL VIDEO] [HD]
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Throwing this video from the Columbus Dispatch out there, hoping we can find this talent a place to call home.
UPDATE-1: Many thanks go out to all of you who have been tossing phone numbers and e-mails my way for Ted’s sake. I went up to Hudson/I-71 (Columbus) today, but Ted wasn’t there.
He is going to be on air tomorrow morning on radio station WNCI. I’ve left my contact info w/WNCI to call/e-mail me on a way to get your enormous opportunities over to him. I’m going to give him a Trac phone (w/ample minutes) so that he can return calls to all of you. Hopefully, in some way I’ll get in contact w/him. Peace.
UPDATE-2: To all of those who have been writing in I have learned that the radio station interviewing him tomorrow (1-5-11) a.m. is going to make him a formal offer. Whether true or not, we’ll see. Hope it works out well for him. That was the whole point of me posting this video. I cannot thank enough everyone who was willing to do their part in offering Ted their helping hand. Whoever lands him is certainly getting much more than a memorable personality; they’re getting a great human being as part of their team. My best to all.
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.
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UPDATED: 1-6-11 5:00am PST
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A US homeless man with a “golden voice” has been given a second chance after being discovered by a reporter in Ohio who put a video of him on YouTube.
A former radio announcer, Ted Williams, 53, had fallen on hard times, but – following an appearance on YouTube – has now got work doing voiceovers.
The video has attracted more than eight million hits so far, reports say.
Mr Williams has travelled to his home city of New York to visit his mother for the first time in 20 years.
“I feel like Susan Boyle. Or Justin Bieber,” he told the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, who discovered him, on Wednesday.
“It’s almost choking me.”
Before being discovered, he was a beggar during the day, holding up a cardboard sign, and slept in a makeshift tent behind an abandoned petrol station at night.
Mr Williams, who has been homeless for 10 years, says he has been sober for two years following drug and alcohol addictions.
He says he began drinking and using drugs in the 1990s and lost interest in his radio career, before ending up on the streets and becoming estranged from his family and children.
He is now reported to have been offered a full-time announcing work and living expenses by basketball team the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Transcript of live chat about homeless man with golden voice
[Kelly_(moderator)] OK let’s get started. Are you ready, Doral? [Doral Chenoweth] yes [lets go viral] Do you stop to talk with every homeless guy holding a sign along the road? [Doral Chenoweth] Well, not every guy. But I make it a point to acknowledge the homeless with a smile or greeting. [Jodie] Hi Doral! Question: did you ask Ted if you could tape him first or was it spontaneous? After speaking with him, did you pull over and continue… or…? [Doral Chenoweth] Actually, it was spontaneous, but I did meet him a week earlier when he was holding his sign. I read his sign, asked him to say something, and I was blown away by his voice. I did the video about a week later just out of the blue. [second chance] What else is known about Ted Williams? Where did he go to school? When? Where di he used to work? How did he end up in Columbus? [Doral Chenoweth] Well, some of the those details are in the video, but Thursday’s newspaper will have a lot more details. He did some radio and commercials around town for the past few years, but he has been homeless for a while. [westcoastdave] Wondering if Ted has some help to ensure that going from the streets to the penthouse isn’t a dangerous transition. I’m not offering, but that’s what came to mind. [Doral Chenoweth] Oh, I’m worried about him. I hope this goes well for him. He seems sincerely changed and I hope it lasts. [bevtru] Doral, this has got to be the biggest treat for you. How are you handling it? [Doral Chenoweth] You know, it is a big “treat” for me, but I’m just happy to see one homeless person end their time in a tent and get on with their life. It’s really a big treat for Ted! [Jean] What caused his homelessness? [Doral Chenoweth] He told us it was alcohol, pot, some crack, a bunch of bad decisions. [CUguy] What job offers do you know for sure were offered to Mr. Williams? There all kinds of rumors from credit unions to Cavs. [Doral Chenoweth] My hunch is that he talks better than he sings, but his singing isn’t as bad as mine! [bat349] how many times did you encounter Ted before you decided to tape him? [Doral Chenoweth] Once. [Three] Is anyone helping you sift through offers, handle money, and how are you fielding calls? [Doral Chenoweth] No, I don’t do the sifting. My job as a journalist is limited to just passing along messages if I can. He has an old friend who is serving as his agent. The “agent” seems very trustworthy and capable. Ted should be OK. [hylalax] What brought him to Columbus, if you know [Doral Chenoweth] Can’t recall right now what his specific reason was. [Interested] How old is Ted? [Doral Chenoweth] 53 [bat349] are you the one who helped him clean his self up for the interview this morning on CBS…be looked great…you could see the joy in his face..you should be proud [Doral Chenoweth] No! I was out looking for the long-haired version of Ted last night…but when I saw him this morning at WNCI, he was cleaned up! He said he had a haircut before Christmas. [madcow] After posting your video to YouTube how did (you get) the word spread so quickly? [Doral Chenoweth] I post all my videos to dispatch.com. They are actually copyrighted by the Dispatch, but people steal them and put them on YouTube. It’s wrong, but there isn’t much we can do about it yet. [StanTheMan] Often these homeless guys are very suspicious of people and have a negative character (who wouldn’t in that situation)–did he come across that way at all to you, especially when you wanted to video him? [Doral Chenoweth] You’re right, some homeless people are that way, but just as many have an almost sunny disposition. Ted seems to look on the bright side of things. [username] Have you thought about helping other homeless people this same way? [Doral Chenoweth] A lot of people are constantly helping the homeless whether it’s by buying them some food, supporting a charity that helps them, or buying our upteenth copy of Street Speech, the homeless newspaper. But I don’t think something like this will ever come along again. [ShellyD] Hi Doral – How do you feel about the fact that the major news outlets aren’t crediting you as they should? You’re s
urely happy that the tape airing helped Ted a great deal (as we all are)…but do you feel slighted or overlooked? [Doral Chenoweth] I personally don’t feel slighted, but I feel bad for the Dispatch as an institution. It’s expensive to produce this type of journalism, and although it does appear on our website, it’s ripped by people posting on YouTube and we don’t get the “clicks” to show our advertisers. [westcoastdave] Just to clarify, is he ‘off’ the streets now, or still waiting for some income to aid in his exodus? [Doral Chenoweth] Last week he was sleeping in a tent, tonight I believe he will be in a Central Park hotel awaiting an appearance on the TODAY show. But he’s broke for now. Rich in fame, poor in cash. [Looking] Do you think that this will likely result in his life changing or is this simply another 15 minutes ploy. [Doral Chenoweth] His life is going to change. He will have a real job somewhere announcing or doing radio. [Rocky] Does Ted have any kids? [Doral Chenoweth] Yes. Lots of ‘em. Seven. [outdoorwriter] What date did you record the now famous interview? [Doral Chenoweth] I wish I could remember. Seems like it was six weeks ago. The holidays came, I just didn’t post it. Then I had a slow news day Monday and remembered that I had shot it. [gocanada] Are you surprised by how much reaction this story has generated, and has it proven to you (and your readers/viewers) that newspapers can survive, and thrive, in the age of the internet? [Doral Chenoweth] Oh, yes, I’m surprised by the reaction. I like to think newspapers are very much alive, thriving, and telling the stories of our culture. [bat349] have you thought about him doing a voice over or commercial for the Dispatch….something like…”the Dispatch brings not only the latest local and national news into your life daily…also some joy” [Doral Chenoweth] You know, I had him record a message that says “Copyright 2011 The Columbus Dispatch.” I’ll start using that at the end of all my videos. (Is that OK, boss?) [ShellyD] When you began taping Ted had you already heard (or “heard of”) his voice or was it a complete surprise to you? [Doral Chenoweth] I was going to Frisch’s one day with Robin, my wife, when I saw and heard him for the first time. It was about a week later that I pulled out the FlipCam and did the shooting. [Ruth M.] Were you with your kids when you shot it? And if not, what has been their response? (or challenge for you in explaining it to them? [Doral Chenoweth] No, they were not with me. But my kids have seen a lot. We just took them to a Tanzanian orphangage for our summer break. They did their first full visit to a third-world slum. But they’d like Ted! [gtpoet] Hi. Do you think he’s strong and clear enough mentally/emotionally to really turn his life around with these great opportunities [Doral Chenoweth] I have been friends with a lot of homeless people over the years and I’ve seen people at many different stages of homelessness. I think Ted can make this a legitimate life-changing experience. If I had to bet money, I’d say he’s going to make it. [MRSTUCKER] So how much will his sign go for on Ebay? [Doral Chenoweth] I’m not sure if he still has it! He had a different one with him today. [outdoorwriter] Are you aware of any negative reactions from Ted’s new fame? [Doral Chenoweth] I was being interviewed by an Irish radio network and they said Howard Stern had some negative remarks about the situation. Did Stern say it was staged??? It was not staged. [alphajohn] did you even for an instent expect this kind of out come or was it something you’d hoped for in the back of your mind when you produced the interview? [Doral Chenoweth] You know, I thought maybe a local station might use him, but I never thought it would take off like this? [broadcastsounds] What was the sign he had with him today? [Doral Chenoweth] It was pretty simple, but the words escape me right now. I’d have to check my images. [ShellyD] Regarding Ted’s sobriety and given your journalistic instinct and experiences with all walks of life – Did/do you believe strongly that he has in fact remained sober for 2 years as he says? [Doral Chenoweth] It was pretty simple, but the words escape me right now. I’d have to check my images. [ShellyD] Regarding Ted’s sobriety and given your journalistic instinct and experiences with all walks of life – Did/do you believe strongly that he has in fact remained sober for 2 years as he says? [Doral Chenoweth] I think so, but don’t know for sure. But he’s sober now! [Carlos78] I just wanted to thank you for reminding us that everyone has a story but you have to give them the chance to tell it. [Doral Chenoweth] Thanks! He certainly did have an interesting story to tell. [gansmccarthy] Tell us more abou
t someone donating $15,000……… [Doral Chenoweth] I really don’t know much about that. It was something through the radio station. [tluck] are you aware of how huge ur story has become..its on the sports page in the toronto star paper…what a find! [Doral Chenoweth] Oh, it’s everywhere. I can’t even get to return all my calls today, but it’s been an incredible pleasure to chat with our dispatch.com readers today. I’m off to New York now to follow Ted through this experience. My editor just told me I’d be on the CBS Early Show Thursday. Thanks for writing! [Kelly_(moderator)] OK, I hate to cut this chat short, but Doral is busy working on his next video! Watch for a transcript of this chat on Dispatch.com soon. Thank you, Doral, for joining us.
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