Homeless Man Reveals Traffic-Stopping Radio Voice [VIDEO]

January 4, 2011 1:08 pm

(Image: The Columbus Dispatch)

UPDATE: The man with the golden voice will join “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” tomorrow, January 6. He’ll also appear on “The Today Show,” just before at 7a.m.

Truly unique voices in radio and television are few and far between in today’s age, but there’s a hidden gem walking the streets of Columbus, Ohio as revealed by a moving video from a reporter with a golden ear at The Columbus Dispatch.

Meet Ted Williams, a former voice-over artist who now lives a homeless life after becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. His handwritten sign to drivers reads, “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.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Williams first fell in love with radio at 14 when he met an announcer who explained to him the founding principle of radio, that it is ‘theatre of the mind.’ He was hooked ever since.

“The voice became something of a development over years and I went to school for it,” explained Williams in the video that is spreading across the web. “Then alcohol and drugs and a few other things became a part of my life. I got two years clean and I’m trying hard to get it back.”