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Homeless man with golden voice gets a second chance

posted 6 Jan 2011, 06:42 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 6 Jan 2011, 06:49 ]

Unemployed and homeless radio announcer gets work doing radio voice-overs after a reporter discovers him on a street corner and puts his voice on You Tube.

COLUMBUS, OHIO, UNITED STATES. NBC - After ten years of living as a homeless man, Ted Williams, an unemployed radio announcer, received a second chance when a reporter with the Columbus Dispatch discovered him on a street corner.

Doral Chenoweth III filmed Ted Williams and his golden radio voice in December 2010.

"Say something with that great radio voice," Chenoweth said in the video he filmed.

"When you're listening to nothing but the best of oldies, you're listening to magic 98.9," Williams said in his broadcast quality voice.

Chenoweth's video went viral after he placed the video of Williams on You Tube attracting over 5 million hits by early Wednesday (January 5).

Williams, originally from Brooklyn in New York, says he has been sober for two years following trouble with drugs and alcohol. Columbus Dispatch website also states he served three months in prison for theft.

Williams told the Columbus Dispatch he had to "sink" before he could change.

Williams turned to begging on a Columbus, Ohio road, where Chenoweth found him, and on Wednesday he was back in a radio studio for a local station.

"It's the Dave and Jimmy show, every week day morning," he announced to the gathered room.

Job offers have rolled in with one coming from the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, NBC News said.

Williams looked grateful for his second chance as he hugged Chenoweth in the studio,

"I'll do anything for a meal. And if it happens to be voice work, God bless my soul. And man, this is just outrageous," Williams said.

Williams was expected to travel to New York on Wednesday night to appear on morning television in the U.S., Columbus Dispatch website said.