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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Local Radio in Columbus Helps Local Homeless Man
One homeless man may be getting a second chance at his dream to use his “god-given gift.” In Columbus, Ohio, local panhandler Ted Williams has been seen with a sign stating that he’s a former radio announcer facing tough times.
Hearing about the man, a reporter from the Columbus Dispatch talked with him and the resulting video was a remarkable display of his talent as he explains how he went from a successful career to life on the street.
Williams describes meeting a radio announcer when he was 14 years old who said that radio is “theater of mind.”
According to the Dispatch, Williams said, “Well, hey. I can’t be an actor, I can’t be an on-air personality, but the voice just became something of a development over the years and I went to school for it. And then alcohol and drugs and a few other things became a part of my life. I’ve got two years clean, and I’m trying hard to get it back. And hopefully somebody from one of these television or radio stations will say, ‘hey, I need a voice-over.’”
But his story doesn’t end there. The video has gotten more than six million hits on YouTube as of January 5, resulting in an appearance on CBS television’s the Early Show and viewers of the YouTube video offering job leads.
A local morning radio show Dave and Jimmy on Clear Channel-owned WNCI interviewed Williams Wednesday and said on the station’s website, “While there are thousands of talented folks in our business struggling for a way back in, or to add another part-time job to help make ends meet, you never know where the next potential talent can come from.”
“We’re going to find some way to help this guy!” the morning show announced on the show’s Facebook page.
At the end of the video, Williams sums it up by saying, “And I love radio.” Perhaps radio in Columbus will love him back! Stay tuned to hopefully hear his golden pipes on a radio station near you.