Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden-age radio voice, has enjoyed a remarkable ascent: On Tuesday, a video of him demonstrating his talent by a highway exit exploded across the Internet, racking up more than 4 million YouTube views in 24 hours; on Wednesday, he excitedly revealed that he was being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers for an announcer gig, and that they'd offered him a house to live in; today, Williams finds himself on The Today Show. The interview is long, but worth watching. Williams shares more about his past and the religious faith that he says brought him out of his decline intro drug use and alcoholism, makes the Cleveland joke everyone was afraid to make ("they said they're going to give me LeBron's old house"), and reveals that Kraft asked him to audition to be the voice announcing their macaroni and cheese. (via Mediaite)
Ted Williams, the Columbus-area homeless man whose amazing radio voice talent we highlighted yesterday, will not be homeless for much longer: In a radio interview on local station WNCI today, Williams revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers had offered him a full-time announcing job and a house. In the less than 24 hours since his video exploded online, the "radio man" has gotten lots of other offers and tons of goodwill:
Before the Cavs made their bid, the station said a group of credit unions offered Williams a contract worth up to $10,000; a caller claiming to rep MTV expressed interest in having him guest-announce a show; and callers who said they were the voiceover actors behind plugs for "The Simpsons" and "Entertainment Tonight" said they wanted him to compete on their upcoming "America's Next Voice" -- where the prize includes a home studio.We've seen viral video stars blow up on the Internet, but I can't think of one that has taken off this quickly or to this good effect: It helps that in addition to having such a pronounced, unusual talent, Williams seems like a really good guy eager to turn his life around. Hopefully, his Internet fame and offer from the Cavs will help him do just that. CBS News clip below (and you can bet that in addition to telling his story, Williams shows off his radio voice):
The Columbus Dispatch recently posted this remarkable video interview with Ted Williams, a homeless man with a remarkable voice for radio. After demonstrating his talent, Williams provides some backstory:
When I was 14 I kind of listened to one of our area radio announcers, and I went as a field trip to go meet the guy, and he looked nothing like what he sounded like. So I asked him about that, and he said to me, "listen, radio is defined -- theater of mind." And so when he said "theater of mind," I just said, well, hey. I can't be an actor, I can't be an on-air personality, but the voice just became something of a development over the years and I went to school for it. And then alcohol and drugs and a few other things became a part of my life. I've got two years clean, and I'm trying hard to get it back. And hopefully somebody from one of these television or radio stations will say, 'hey, I need a voice-over,' or ' I need something.'As of posting, the top-rated YouTube comment comes from a man who says he owns a Hollywood talent agency that specializes in voiceovers, and he says he knows "some people in Columbus who work in the field I can probably hook him up with." Hopefully Williams' talent will be able to find a home. (Columbus Dispatch via BuzzFeed)
We're not entirely sure what to think about this video. For one thing, it looks really well produced, so it might be staged. But if so, it's been staged for a good cause. And that doesn't mean that the guy isn't actually homeless. But it doesn't mean that he is. Do you see our problem? The only thing we can conclude is that the guy is a damn good puppeteer. Just wait for the moment in the video when you realize that you haven't looked away from the Kermit faces to his in like forever. Update: The man in the video has clarified that he is not actually homeless. (h/t Urlesque)
As I said this is a performance. I don't want there to be any doubts about my situation. I am a performer. I have a roof over my head and I have yet to start my own family. But this video isn't about me. This is for the men, women and children on our streets who don't have bright green puppets on their hands. The people who aren't always as easy to see. This is for you.