Looks like 2011 is going to be the start of a new life for homeless man Ted Williams. The Ohioan has already struck gold on YouTube with over four million clicking to hear his golden radio voice. Don’t understand what the fuss is all about? We suggest you take a listen below.
Ted could be found along highways in Columbus, Ohio loitering with his handmade sign proclaiming his “God-given gift of a voice.”
A curious reporter for The Columbus Dispatch paper stopped by one of Ted’s known spots to record him saying voice-over phrases, like “Coming up next!”
His strong, crisp and inspiring voice contrasted with his disheveled appearance is a truly incredible sight, making his voice almost better.
Days after the curious reporter’s investigation, millions have watched the video.
Ted’s sign also explained he was “an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times”; however, that doesn’t make his gift any less impressive.
According to AOL, Ted was already on an Ohio radio show this morning, and he’ll be on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday.
The viral video has also launched a slew of job offers organizations like NFL, ESPN and MTV.
Catch the list of offers (compiled by AOL) below.
• The Cleveland Cavaliers: A representative of the Cavs called into “The Morning Zoo” on WNCI, a local Ohio station, this morning to offer Williams a full-time voice-over job and a house.
• The NFL: No offer has been made yet, but a director of post-production from the NFL told The Columbus Dispatch, “My boss said to me: ‘If you don’t get him hired, you’re fired.’ … I can’t make any guarantees, but I’d love to get him some work.”
• The Ohio Credit Union League: Also on WNCI this morning, Williams was offered a $10,000 opportunity to do voice-over work for the Ohio Credit Union League, pending a background check.
• MTV: Someone claiming to be from MTV called into “The Morning Zoo” to say that they’d love to work with Williams.
• ESPN: According to WNCI, ESPN has expressed interest in Williams, too.
• Radio: A Pennsylvania radio station is apparently interested in Williams.
• Giving back: The television station WBNS-TV wants to use Williams as a narrator for One Day To End Homelessness, a telethon planned for Jan. 31.
We bet a Facebook campaign to launching Ted to SNL (Betty White style) is next!
Catch Ted’s radio voice below!