He has already been compared to Susan Boyle, another unassuming middle-aged person with a great voice who hit worldwide stardom via YouTube. Now Ted Williams, a homeless Ohio man showing off his great radio voice for a buck alongside a city street, has become an overnight sensation after the Columbus Dispatch posted a video of him on YouTube that has amassed almost 6 million hits. Williams is doing the morning show circuit, and he is reportedly getting numerous job offers. Who can blame the TV networks for jumping on the first feel-good story of the year, a talented man whose career and life were destroyed by drugs and alcohol on a path to redemption. (He claims he has been sober for 2 years now.) In addition to local NBA team the Cleveland Cavaliers, reported suitors for Williams’ services include the NFL/NFL Films, ESPN, MTV and local TV and radio stations. It will be interesting if the broadcast networks join in, the man practically auditioned for a voiceover job at Fox with his Family Guy announcement at the end of the segment. And his story is tailor-made for a Hollywood treatment ala The Pursuit of Happyness. If you haven’t seen the video, watch it below. It is guaranteed to move even the most jaded Hollywood types.
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