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Ted Williams, 'Golden Voiced' Homeless Man, Lands Job at MSNBC

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 7th 2011 7:00AM
Ted WilliamsIt's been a whirlwind week for Ted Williams, the homeless man with "the golden voice," who was discovered at the side of the I-71 in Columbus, Ohio.

After the video featuring his pitch-perfect radio voice went viral, Williams was offered a job (and a house) in his native Cleveland, Ohio by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now he can add MSNBC to his ever-expanding resume.

As reported by The Huffington Post, MSNBC announced Thursday that William has been recording voiceovers for the network's "Lean Forward" campaign, in spots which began airing last night.

MSNBC won't disclose how much Williams is being paid as the voice of "Lean Forward," but in a statement the network said his story "embodies the very same American ideals that the 'Lean Forward' campaign seeks to highlight."

It's not the first time Williams has put that voice to good use. Although he's been homeless for years, and has had -- now well-documented -- troubles with the law, he had a promising radio career in the 1980s, first as as an overnight DJ in Johnstown, Ohio, and later on a morning show in Columbus.

Offers of TV and radio work have been pouring in for Williams from the likes of MTV, NFL and ESPN, and he's already recorded a TV ad for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. He's also been making the rounds of the daytime and latenight talk shows, and has vowed to make the most of his second chance.

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Whoa pastor. "Negative Nelly" might be a better name for you! I sure hope that you don't ever end up needing a second chance. Where's the love? We've all done things that weren't right...just never got caught. That's the difference.

January 08 2011 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was deeply moved this morning watching Ted Williams meeting his Mom for the first time in 20 years. She seems a bit apprehensive about his newfound fame,not wanting him to disappoint her again.
I wish him the best of luck and more years with his Mom.

January 07 2011 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We all make mistakes in life but the greater story is turning your life around. You never know, he may pay it forward some day in a big way. Live and let live. Making a mistake does not condemn one to living in hell for the rest of your days on earth. Go easy people!!

January 07 2011 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dear apastor1117 - shut up.

January 07 2011 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It'a sad to see how we are so quick to give second chances to criminals and no first chances to good people with good talent that have no criminal record. It's almost as if you need a criminal record to stand out.

January 07 2011 at 8:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Really? Are you "a pastor" ? If so, you should be at least vaguely familiar with the concepts of forgiveness and redemption. And maybe, just maybe you heard the story about the prodigal son? Nothing wrong with this man getting a second chance and here in America, we root for people to turn their lives around. I think its a good thing that we give second chances quickly - it's says something positive about the character of the people in this country.

January 07 2011 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ah, America. The only place that you never have to give up on your dreams. One day you're a penniless Panhandler from Columbus, Ohio and before you know it, you're sitting next to Matt Lauer on the set of the "Today" show and have people wearing t-shirts with your face printed on the front.

If only there were more good feel stories about panhandlers making it....


January 07 2011 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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