Ted Williams of Columbus, Ohio was homeless, hungry and nearly at his hope’s end when he became the subject of a viral video by doing nothing more than talking. Williams, you see, has the voice of an angel – an angel telling you to stay tuned for Two and a Half Men, coming up next, or urging you, in dulcet tones, to buy fabric softener.
Since video of Williams mimicking radio announcements while panhandling was featured across TV stations and blogs, he’s enjoyed instant microfame, a growing fanbase and, more importantly, several job offers. Dispatch.com, which first aired the video of Williams after it was shot by Dispatch videographer Doral Chenoweth, reports that he’s already been asked to provide voice spots for an upcoming telethon to end homelessness, has been offered $10,00 for voice-over work by the Ohio Credit Union League, is being sought after by the likes of the National Football League, MTV and ESPN, and being eyed by agents as far as Los Angeles.
Williams says he once attended broadcasting school and formerly worked in radio, but that his plans were derailed by drug use and “other things.” He wanted to work in radio when, as a teenager, he visited a station on a field trip and was told by the station announcer that “radio is defined (as) theater of mind.”
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