Ted Williams, a homeless man and former radio announcer whose life was derailed by alcoholism and drug addiction, is being tipped to become a millionaire after his 'golden voice' was captured on film whilst he begged at the side of the road, reports the UK's Daily Mail. In a clip that has become an overnight YouTube sensation, Williams is filmed by a cameraman for the Columbus Dispatch newspaper demonstrating his unique gift.
As the cameraman approaches the junction on Houston Street, Columbus, Williams can be seen dressed in shabby clothes holding a cardboard sign that 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. Thank you and God bless you. Happy Holidays'. Cameraman Doral Chenoweth pulls up beside Williams and asks him to "work for his buck", before the homeless man delivers an off-the-cuff radio voiceover jingle which is taking the Internet by storm. It has been reported that Williams has since been inundated with offers to work for the likes of MTV, NFL and ESPN.
In a road-side interview that accompanies the footage, Williams speaks about his 'gift', saying, "When I was 14 I listened to one of our local area radio announcers and I went on a field trip to meet the guy, and he looked nothing like what he sounded like. I said to him about that and he said, "Listen, radio is defined as theatre of mind".