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Man With The Golden Voice

January 6, 2011 by staff 

Man With The Golden Voice, (AP) – From homeless households name. Ted Williams, whose deep voice, velvety and touching story prompted an outpouring of sympathy and offers of employment across the country, became an overnight sensation.

It is America’s hottest star – - and most improbable.

On Thursday, Williams, who lived in a tent near a highway in Columbus, Ohio, a few days ago, will be in New York for an emotional reunion with his mother 90 years and appear on NBC’s “Today” show – the one interview requests coming his way in the last two days.

“I can not believe this is happening,” Williams said Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “God gave me a voice of millions of dollars, and I just hope I can do for him “.

Homeless after drugs and alcohol ruined his life and radio career, Williams was offered a job in the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, and NFL Films and others to work possible pursue 53 years. Williams and his compelling story became a sensation after The Columbus Dispatch Online posted a clip of him demonstrating his skills in voiceover by begging at the roadside.

Now he is in demand.

“It was totally, totally unbelievable,” Williams said, his voice choked with emotion. “I am so grateful. God has blessed me so deeply. I am a second chance. Amazing.

Williams was contacted Wednesday by the Cavaliers, who offered him a position that could include work announcing the Quicken Loans Arena, downtown team. Williams said the team offered him a two-year contract and said they would pay his living expenses.

It was a shocking turn of events for the man with a golden voice, who had obtained while living in shelters, sometimes with family and friends over the years. Williams has also been in his share of problems. His past includes a long list of arrests. He served a prison sentence for theft and forgery and was cited with several misdemeanors, including drug abuse.

He was recently arrested on May 14 He pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny offense. In court records, his address is listed as “Streets of Columbus.

After learning of the criminal history of Williams, the Cavaliers said their offer is still valid.

“We believe in second chances and opportunities on the other hand,” said Tracy Marek, vice president of team marketing director. “The man deserves an opportunity to explain certain situations. We are not jumping to conclusions. This is not fair. ”

Cavalier’s spokesman Tad Carper said the exact details of the bid team and plans to help the Williams housing were still being developed.

The Cavaliers did not know much about him, but were moved by the Williams test.

“When you know something, you only have to run,” said Marek. “One of the great things we are talking with our organization, is how important is the urgency -. When you see something that feels good and seems right ”

During a timeout in the first quarter of Wednesday night’s game against Toronto, the Cavaliers put a picture of Williams on their giant scoreboard and urged fans to send messages to www.wewanttedwilliams.com.

Williams took part Wednesday in New York, where he was expected to stay in a posh hotel in Central Park. He plans to visit his mother, Julia, who lives in Brooklyn. She stood by him during his battles with addiction.

“It has always been my best friend, he said, weeping.” When I was a child, she let me down at Radio City Music Hall and the metro. I’m just glad she is still there. I prayed she would live long enough for me to make her proud to see his son could do anything but stay on the side of the road with a sign asking for money. ”

Julia Williams is delighted that her child is taking his life. She cannot wait to see it.

“This will be my day to see my son get up and do something to help himself,” she said. “He has so much talent. I hope this will be the thing for him. He came from a nice family. And then there is bad, bad. So maybe this build and let him see that there is more to life than hanging out with the wrong people, and taking medication. ”

Williams said his life began to spiral downward in 1996 when he started drinking “very bad”. He used marijuana and cocaine and lost interest in his career in radio. He eventually wound up in the streets, despite the efforts of his children, seven daughters and two sons who all live in the Columbus area.

Williams said he celebrated two years clean around Thanksgiving. I just hope everybody will pray for me. ”

When he heard the soothing delivery Williams, Kevin McLoughlin of NFL Films, which has chronicled professional football for nearly 50 years, knew he had to contact the unknown.

“It was the voice,” McLoughlin, film post-production for the NFL, told the AP. “When he was telling his story, I said, ‘this is what we do. This guy can tell a story. ” Somehow, some way, I need to get a demo with him. It could be that diamond in the rough. ”

McLoughlin was not able to connect with Williams, but he intends to hunt.

“The man deserves a second chance,” he said.

Warren Levinson in New York contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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