B’klyn Native With ‘Golden Voice’ An Overnight Sensation

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn native may soon be going from highway panhandler to radio superstar.

Ted Williams with the CBS World News Roundup timecheck

Ted Williams is homeless, but not hopeless. The 53-year-old with the golden radio voice now has a brighter future after being featured in a video that has turned him into an internet sensation.

More than that, though, Williams — estranged from his 92-year-old mother for more than a decade — was hoping to reunite with her this week thanks to his velvety voice.

WATCH: Ted Williams on “The Early Show”

Williams was panhandling on Interstate 71 in Ohio with a hand-written sign advertising his “God given gift of voice” when a reporter from the Columbus Dispatch interviewed and videotaped him.

In the clip, Williams stands near a Columbus highway ramp demonstrating his smooth, deep speaking polished broadcasting voice. He holds a sign that asks motorists for help and says, “I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times.”

“I was holding that sign with the hopes, or the wishful thinking that somebody was going to ride by and say, ‘Hey man, you know, I got an internet radio station that could possibly use some production work,'” Williams told “The Early Show” on Wednesday.

Williams says he trained to be a radio announcer but ran into trouble with alcohol and drugs, and is now looking for a second chance.

“I would like to just have a job, and a home, an apartment or anything to be able to cook in, I’d like to just get my life in a responsible area,” Williams said.

Columbus radio station WNCI invited him to its studios and says ESPN and MTV have expressed interest. Williams has received a $10,000 offer for voice-over work, and a Pennsylvania radio station wants him, too.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have also offered an unspecified job to Williams. He was first contacted Wednesday by the team.

Team spokesman Tad Carper said details are still being worked out on a possible position for Williams. Carper said any job could include working in Quicken Loans Arena, the NBA team’s downtown arena. It is not yet known if Williams has accepted the team’s offer.

“I had no idea that something like this would’ve ever happened to me it’s like almost winning the Mega ball lottery,” Williams said.

Now, though, Williams is reaching his ultimate goal – after a decade apart, he is finally reuniting with his mother, Julia Williams. She said she’s trying to be optimistic that her once-troubled son is finally on the right path.

“I pray for him, and I hope his is,” she said. “I pray, I pray, I hope this is the answer.”

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  • muzzz

    Great Story
    Great song about Ted Williams

    Type on You Tube
    I Love Magic – GOLDEN VOICE HOMELESS GUY SONG (ft Ted Williams)

  • Richard

    Ted – What a blessing you have received and to all, what a wonderful testament to GOD’s greatness. Ted, you’ve weathered the storm, continue your faith in God. James 1:2-6

  • Capt Lou

    Can’t ask for a better story. Both he and his mother kept their faith in God, and they will now both be rewarded.

  • joe

    For now faith has intervened.His mom seems quite honest. It is commendable to see him speak of his mom with regard and respect.

  • kkwon

    good luck Ted. My daughter thought he looks like Obama after the clean haircut…

  • Brian A. Carey

    Finally, a GOOD NEWS story.
    We all would like to hear more.
    But, of course, we would never want to see an end to our favorites:
    Lies from politicians with hands in our pockets.
    Murdering drug dealers an Definitely Nancy Pelosi.

  • chucky

    GOD give me same chance, i swear i wont mess it up

  • cecil saministrado

    When God closes a door, He opens windows. Ted, several windows are now open for you. Make the most from them.

  • Onyenduzi

    Hope he continues to remember where he’s coming from and stays away from mind bending chemicals that usually go with new found super success

  • braxton

    Hiope his new found success won’t push him to the abyss once again. A 2nd chance is usually the last

  • Angela

    God is good, why buy a lotto ticket when the Lord can open a door in one minute and 38 seconds!

  • Angie

    I love stories like this. God Bless him. Its nice to see the underdog get a chance in this world.

  • roberto b. pilar, from the philippines

    God truly works in mysterious ways!!! See how prayers work? And also, his love for his mother kept him search for a second chance. And, Julia, the mother did not stop praying. Both their prayers are answered. Good Luck Ted Williams! You are and inspiration.

  • Ernie Estrada

    Just wonderful! Carry on Ted, you are on the right path now but be strong not to fall again.


    Just wonderful! Carry on Ted, you are on the right path but be strong not to fall again!

  • richard

    Way to go! Everyone deserves another chance–and you got yours!

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  • Yekimi

    Hey, WCBS 880, you need to correct your story. You have him as being interviewed by WNCI from Cleveland. Well, WNCI is located in COLUMBUS, not Cleveland. Yes, some people here in Ohio DO listen to stations out of NYC

  • LissieV

    Yankees need a new announcer. They should, also, invite him to do the voice over for the Academy Awards or something.

  • Tim Cosgriff

    Life is good, but you gotta want it……

  • Michael H.

    I just hope Mr. Williams is in a program and if not that he finds one. It could take a very large toll on him to suddenly have such success and I fear that it could affect his 2 years of sobriety.

  • Yankees Fan

    Was he in the basball profession prior to this?

  • http://nur1cent.wordpress.com nur1cent

    I watched the story on TV this morning and thought:”Hey, why did that dude in the car turn up that radio so loud??” before understanding that it was the voice of Williams. How amazing! I wish him all the luck for this year and beyond!

  • Gregg

    What a great story and a great voice ! I actually know of a famous radio guy who was living in a car before he got a break and now is quite wealthy. Best wishes for him.

  • Nora

    I am so happy for him, this gives me hope. God is good. I wish him the best.

  • barbara

    Did he work on any NY radio stations during the 50’s/60’s?

    • JoeBlow

      Yeah, he was like …. 3 years old!

  • Radiofreak

    Are WCBS Newsradio 880 and 1010 WINS being merged into one station? The consolidation of websites, the joint posted stories, the stretching of the rush hour anchoring on WINS from 20 minutes to a half hour, along with its new jingles and noises. Is one of them gonna be business or talk? Could it possibly be WCBS?

  • The Good Samaritan

    This is insane but ok

    The Samaritan has spoken,

  • Kim

    How wonderful that someone who has fallen on hard times. met their demons head on and wants to correct their lives, is being given a second chance. That is what redemption is all about. God bless this man and I hope to hear him on the radio and TV.

    • KTS

      Yes, Yes, Yes I am Happy for Ted. There is still goodness in this life.

  • Flynn

    He admits his mistakes. Seeks to put his skills to use, and clearly doesn’t want to be a burden to society. Too bad more people aren’t willing to do that.

    • Tim Cosgriff

      This guy is living proof that you can rise above your element and be somebody, instead of blaming society for all your problems. Stay clean brother, the sky is the limit.

  • Alex

    “Crack is Wack! Look what it did to my voice…”

    They definitely have to give him a cameo on Family Guy since he pitches that show at the end of this video, and (after all) the show is all about the voices.

  • Believe

    I hope this man gets many opportunities to turn his life around!

  • CSI

    Thats great. People deserve a second chance. Great going.

  • Jimmy

    Hey, this guy is good. Really good.

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