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Golden-Voiced Homeless Man Captivates Internet - Amplifier

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This clip speaks for itself -- literally. The Columbus Dispatch discovered a homeless man along Ohio's I-71 claiming to have "the God-given gift of voice." His name is Ted Williams, and ....


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Ramona Thompson (210)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 6:16 pm
This clip speaks for itself -- literally. The Columbus Dispatch discovered a homeless man along Ohio's I-71 claiming to have "the God-given gift of voice." His name is Ted Williams, and he's an ex-radio announcer according to the note he scrawled on a piece of cardboard that he uses to solicit change from drivers. And wow, does Williams ever deliver for a dollar. Williams tells the Dispatch about his struggles, but thankfully "alcohol and drugs and a few other things" haven't diminished Williams' velvety vocal cords, and he says he's two years clean now.

"I have a god given gift of voice. I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be gratefully appreciated. Thank you and God bless. Happy holidays," says Williams' roadside sign for help.

Like Williams, the radio industry has fallen on hard times in the past decade, but given the viral power of this video, we expect more than a few morning show and late-night appearances, and perhaps even a job, will be in Williams' near future. In fact, Reddit reports that Ted has already been tracked down by Columbus area radio show The Morning Zoo and will appear on tomorrow morning's show, so tune in!

Dalia H (1280)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 6:22 pm
Poor Ted. GOD Bless and Keep him Under HIS Care Wings.
Noted and Thank You so much Beloved Ramona.
Much Love and Light,

Bonnie A (76)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 6:38 pm
I'm glad he has been rediscovered! Fantastic voice! In 1982 was the first time I saw signs "Will Work for Food". I hope his appearance on the Radio tomorrow keeps him a job. Hard times hit all of us! How the government and people react is what makes the difference.

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1065)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 6:45 pm
Please send this article to all your friends here at Care2 and beyond!

Thanks for posting this Ramona!!

Stan B (123)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 7:30 pm
I hope he makes it. He deserves a second shot.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 7:31 pm
I'm in Columbus, and I remember Ted Williams' voice quite clearly and specifically. I've been surrounded by vocalists and vice-over/announcer types all my life. Thank you so much for posting this. I am going to try to find out if some of my friends might be able to help him find some work in advertising. I'll be passing this along!

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 8:05 pm
He certainly has the voice for it. All he needs to do is develop a little more self confidence and realize that he has given himself that amazing radio voice and not some imaginary invisible guy in the sky.

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 8:11 pm
Posted on facebook and my first reply was from a friend who works for a non-profit radio station. She is going to look into this tomorrow to see if she can get him some work. AWESOME!

Norm C (74)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 8:17 pm
Great find. Thanks, Ramona.

Rose V (41)
Tuesday January 4, 2011, 9:42 pm
Thank you for sharing, have posted on facebook and have tweeted it :D

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:09 am
Good luck to him. People can become down and out, but then they can pick themselves up again and build a life.

Rose V (41)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:39 am

Now, he will get another chance to unleash his voice on radio again and possibly even something more promising.
A morning radio show in Columbus called " Dave and Jimmy" plans to interview "the homeless man with the awesome voice" in studio on Wednesday, CBS reported.
"We're going to find some way to help this guy!" Dave and Jimmy said on their Facebook page.

Marilyn M (145)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:43 am
Noted. Thank you, Ramona. Hope he can get a job using his great voice and turn his life around.

Rose V (41)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:52 am
Also for those interested they have started a page for Ted Williams on facebook if anyone is interested in showing your support.

Charmaine C (177)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 2:30 am
Great voice. I hope his life takes a turn for the better. God know each and everyone of us deserves a break every now and then!

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 3:02 am
AWESOME UPDATE! I just watched our early news in Columbus, and Ted Williams will be a guest on a local radio station morning drive time show this morning. They are hinting that he might be getting a job. AWESOME!

Susan Ayres-Lynch (126)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 3:13 am
If you want to hear Mr. Williams' interview on WNCI 97.7 (Columbus, OH), it will air live at 7:15 Eastern Time (about an hour from now). Here's a link to the station's web site so you can visit to listen in:

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Wednesday January 5, 2011, 5:32 am

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 7:11 am
I saw him on MSNBC Keith Olberman last night. Beautiful voice. too bad he caved to hard drugs. I hope he can get his life back together again.

Toni C (508)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 9:20 am
I read about this last night and heard his voice. With the attention he's getting, he should be able to not be homeless for long, and I wish him all the luck in the world getting his life back.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 9:25 am
I saw this last night. I have a feeling his life will turn around. Thanks, Ramona!

Kathleen B (272)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 10:22 am
I think that this is just a great break for this man, and I hope that his luck continues.
I wish that I had a voice that would allow me to become employed again.

Patricia Myers (73)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 11:46 am
noted thankyou

Krista Tackett (47)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:28 pm
Noted . See todays update - he was on the TOFAT SHOW on CBS ! Has nimerous ofers -was able to see his 92 year old Mother for first time in years ! Life has just changed for Ted Williams .

Susan S (187)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 1:35 pm
Truly a miracle...every person has a gift and God works in mysterious ways. Thanks for this heartwarming - it is so encouraging.

Rose V (41)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 4:43 pm
Here is his interview on CBS morning news:

Watching him talk about his mom and how he was so glad to be able to go see her and show her that he turned his life around was just wonderful, brought tears to my eyes.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday January 5, 2011, 8:21 pm
Everyone deserves a chance and we hope Ted has turned his back on the hard times and is progressing with his golden voice - just like he ought.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 1:04 am
The video is no longer available! Thanks Ramona.

Natividad P (104)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 2:52 am
Noted. Thank you

Gillian M (218)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 7:21 am
Having talent is a wonderful thing but you usually need luck as well. It was wonderful to read all of the comments to see how a few people have given this talent his chance. I hope that Ted does well.

Elm Morrison (357)
Thursday January 6, 2011, 11:06 am
I've watched both videos! What a voice. I wish him the best in life - and I say thank you to all the people who are just scooping him up in their arms.

Ted - I slute you.

Thank you for posting this beautiful story of of hope.

Trequl M (170)
Saturday January 8, 2011, 8:47 am
Noted with thanks.
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