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LX 01-05-2011 04:22 PM

The Cavs hired a famous homeless guy
They gave a 2 year contract to Ted Williams for announcing work at the arena.

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 01-05-2011 04:22 PM

From homeless to famous?
Happen in my hometown Columbus, Ohio. Heard the story on the radio today going to school. Now notice ESPN, CBS, and others have picked up on it. Pretty cool story.


He's got a famous baseball name, but Brooklyn-born homeless man Ted Williams has something the Splendid Splinter wasn't famous for: a great voice.

Williams, a Brooklyn native who panhandles near the corner of I-71 and Hudson Street in Cleveland, has become an Internet sensation after Columbus Dispatch reporter Kevin Joy posted a clip of Williams demonstrating his dulcet tones by the side of the road.

In a YouTube clip, Williams, wearing an Army fatigue jacket and sporting a shaggy mane of hair, is seen carrrying a cardboard sign that reads:


Joy and a Dispatch videographer then pulled the car alongside Williams and said, "We're going to make you work for your dollar."

Williams, without pause, smiled and said in a voice as smooth as Casey Kasem's, "When you're listening to nothing but the best of oldies, you're listening to Magic 98.9. And we'll be back for more right after these words."

The clip has generated interest from Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, whose team has extended an offer to Williams to do voiceover work.

"He hasn't accepted the offer," Cavs spokesman Garin Narain said, "but there is a lot of voiceover work needed at Quicken Loans Arena."

And now he's making the rounds of the morning TV shows.

He did the CBS "Early Show” Wednesday and is set to appear on NBC's "Today” show Thursday. NBC is flying him in to New York Wednesday and he'll repoprtedly stay up at the posh Essex House.

Asked on the Early Show how he felt about becoming a virtual overnight success, he said: "It's sensational for one thing; overwhelming for another ... It's just amazing."

Williams told the "Early Show" he was going to be reunited with his mother in New York.

"I'm getting a little emotional. I haven't seen my mom in a great deal of time," he said. "She doesn't believe (what's been happening to me). She's 92. She lives in Brooklyn. I was born and raised in Brooklyn.

"One of my biggest prayers that I sent out was that she would live long enough for me to see me rebound or whatever, and I guess God kept her around and kept my pipes around to maybe just have one more shot that I would be able to say, 'Mom, I did do it before, ... I might pass away before her or whatever. My dad didn't get a chance to see this. But God is good."

The NFL is also hot on the tails of Williams' voice to see if he is interested in doing voiceover work for the NFL Films division.

"I really, really want to get this guy in a seat for an audition," Kevin McLoughlin, NFL Films' director of post production, told the Daily News. "When I first heard about it, I was like, 'Good voices are a dime a dozen.' When the voice hit me (on video clip), I said, 'I've got to get this guy an audition. This guy deserves a second chance.'"

McLoughlin has been with NFL films for 24 years, and has worked with the likes of late baseball Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas, also the long-time voice of NFL Films.

McLoughlin said that while Williams won't "replace Harry," he said there is a chance Williams could knock an audition out of the park and do voice work for NFL Films.

In the YouTube clip, Williams told Joy that he got the radio announcing bug as a Brooklyn teenager after visiting and meeting a local radio personality.

"The voice just became something of a development over years and I went to school for it," Williams said. "And then alcohol and drugs and a few other things became a part of my life. I got two years clean.

"I'm trying hard to get it back and hopefully somebody from one of these television or radio stations, 'Hey, I need a voiceover,' or 'I need something.' I love radio."
YouTube - Homeless man w/golden radio voice in Columbus, OH (Update-FINAL)!

Renihan_00 01-05-2011 04:24 PM

Homeless Man, Golden Voice - CBS News Video


Gurk 01-05-2011 04:24 PM

Yea I just saw it a while ago. He has an awesome voice

jeffb 01-05-2011 04:26 PM

They played this on Howard stern today but they said it was a hoax.

Crèpe 01-05-2011 04:27 PM

I saw that Yesterday. Great story !

Barracuda 01-05-2011 04:30 PM

Honestly, that video exploded faster than most that go "viral". Good for him.

Shadowfax 01-05-2011 04:40 PM

awesome...everyone deserves a shot

surreyjack 01-05-2011 05:01 PM

A bum team hiring a bum... Not surprised.


RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 01-05-2011 05:37 PM


Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 488395)
They played this on Howard stern today but they said it was a hoax.

Its legit.

The dude that video camera him was on TV here today. Said he had the video for a month and finally decided to play it cause it was a slow news day.

x_kaptain_x 01-05-2011 05:42 PM

What an awesome voice, reminds me of one of my customers with the same voice.

Shadowfax 01-05-2011 06:46 PM


Originally Posted by RaptorsandBuckeye FaN (Post 488490)
Its legit.

heard on TSN that NFL films has contacted him now as well

RaptorsandBuckeye FaN 01-05-2011 07:22 PM


Originally Posted by Mr. Mxyzptlk (Post 488534)
heard on TSN that NFL films has contacted him now as well

News here said MTV contacted him also I though I heard. At least I thought I heard that.

Nites 01-06-2011 01:12 AM

I heard that Fox has contacted with him actually

Nites 01-06-2011 01:13 AM

fancylad 01-06-2011 10:25 AM

nice story.

jeffb 01-06-2011 04:15 PM

fancylad 01-06-2011 07:24 PM

^^^ i want to kick that guy in the teeth.

The guy in the video, not the homeless guy.

jeffb 01-06-2011 07:30 PM


Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 489327)
^^^ i want to kick that guy in the teeth.

The guy in the video, not the homeless guy.

Yeah, quite annoying. lol

But man, that's a long rap sheet.

fancylad 01-06-2011 07:37 PM

So it is. I still don't see how that changes anything. And if people think it does, then they may as well kill everyone who has been guilty of a crime.

The only thing it shows me is that there's always going to be some gimpy douchebag trying to rain on a parade. What was with those glasses anyways? Where they virtual reality glasses or something? did he forget he was wearing those when he filmed that?

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