Homeless man with golden voice gets job

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    Jan 05, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    What a great way to start 2011 icon_biggrin.gif




    "While the Cavaliers are struggling on the court this season without their former superstar, the organization is still making waves in the community. In perhaps one of the most amazing stories I've ever seen.

    Ted Williams, who was previously homeless held up a sign every day telling the world about his "Golden Radio Voice". Someone pulled off to the side of the road to speak with him and video taped the man, and he wasn't lying. This guy has an incredible voice!

    Apparently the Cleveland Cavaliers took notice after the Columbus Dispatch featured the man in the paper they and offered him a job and a house. Williams was on a local radio station, WNCI exclaiming "The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!"

    He also added "I've been out there about a year; I just didn't know anything like this would ever happen. There's so many words. I've already been compared to Susan Boyle. I'm just so happy."

    It's unclear what position the Cavaliers have offered Williams, but it is an incredible story of redemption after Williams threw his career away years ago admittedly due to drugs and alcohol.

    "Just to get back to some normalcy and responsibility.. If I can get a job, whether it's a $25,000 or even $18,000, I'd be happy. At least I know God has me where he wants me."



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    Jan 05, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    Right ON!!!!

    -Doug
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    Jan 05, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    He DOES have a great radio voice!
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    Jan 05, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    Good grief, I have a better radio voice than that myself! In fact, I've done some radio, on the side when I was in the Army. I know the tricks of making my voice sound even better when I use a microphone than it does in person.

    And in public places I have strangers come up and ask me if I'm a radio personality when they overhear me speaking casually. I oughta answer yes and sign their restaurant menu or something. icon_rolleyes.gif Guys here who have met me in person can comment if they like.

    But I've never yet run into a producer or talent scout that offered to hire me. Ah well... good luck to this guy, cause often luck is what it's all about.
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    Jan 05, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    This is a great story, until someone told me he was already a working radio announcer, then lost his job cause of drugs. But here's to second chances!
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    Jan 05, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    In the vid he says that wrestlervic, and also said that he'd had voice training as well. Up here we have peridoic articles in the newspaper they are titled 'The courage to come back' ...and then there are the award ceremonies.

    Like this: http://www2.canada.com/theprovince/info/couragetocomeback/index.html

    -Doug
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    Jan 05, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    heart warming to say the least
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    Jan 05, 2011 7:07 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidGood grief, I have a better radio voice than that myself! In fact, I've done some radio, on the side when I was in the Army. I know the tricks of making my voice sound even better when I use a microphone than it does in person.

    And in public places I have strangers come up and ask me if I'm a radio personality when they overhear me speaking casually. I oughta answer yes and sign their restaurant menu or something. icon_rolleyes.gif Guys here who have met me in person can comment if they like.

    But I've never yet run into a producer or talent scout that offered to hire me. Ah well... good luck to this guy, cause often luck is what it's all about.



    His voice was AWESOME and I have also done voice-overs and my voice was discovered as I was a stand in for a test pilot tv series
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    Jan 05, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidGood grief, I have a better radio voice than that myself! In fact, I've done some radio, on the side when I was in the Army. I know the tricks of making my voice sound even better when I use a microphone than it does in person.

    And in public places I have strangers come up and ask me if I'm a radio personality when they overhear me speaking casually. I oughta answer yes and sign their restaurant menu or something. icon_rolleyes.gif Guys here who have met me in person can comment if they like.

    But I've never yet run into a producer or talent scout that offered to hire me. Ah well... good luck to this guy, cause often luck is what it's all about.

    His voice was AWESOME and I have also done voice-overs and my voice was discovered as I was a stand in for a test pilot tv series

    His voice was good, hardly awesome. And I have no doubt your own voice is marketable. But let's not get carried away. I think we've both heard better than him, yes?
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    Jan 05, 2011 7:28 PM GMT
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    Hillie said
    Art_Deco saidGood grief, I have a better radio voice than that myself! In fact, I've done some radio, on the side when I was in the Army. I know the tricks of making my voice sound even better when I use a microphone than it does in person.

    And in public places I have strangers come up and ask me if I'm a radio personality when they overhear me speaking casually. I oughta answer yes and sign their restaurant menu or something. icon_rolleyes.gif Guys here who have met me in person can comment if they like.

    But I've never yet run into a producer or talent scout that offered to hire me. Ah well... good luck to this guy, cause often luck is what it's all about.

    His voice was AWESOME and I have also done voice-overs and my voice was discovered as I was a stand in for a test pilot tv series

    His voice was good, hardly awesome. And I have no doubt your own voice is marketable. But let's not get carried away. I think we've both heard better than him, yes?


    Doubt or no doubt pointless to personalize as it can become high pitched and catty. Have I heard better yes by someone who has a Vocal coach who is constantly tweaking his or her craft of pitch, who hasn't been strung out on drugs and not homeless.... For a guy standing on the entrance ramp of the freeway he sounds pretty damn good! Cut the guy some slack. I'm sure w/ a vocal coach he'll sound exactly like what you'd expect him to.
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    Jan 05, 2011 7:31 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    Hillie said
    Art_Deco saidGood grief, I have a better radio voice than that myself! In fact, I've done some radio, on the side when I was in the Army. I know the tricks of making my voice sound even better when I use a microphone than it does in person.

    And in public places I have strangers come up and ask me if I'm a radio personality when they overhear me speaking casually. I oughta answer yes and sign their restaurant menu or something. icon_rolleyes.gif Guys here who have met me in person can comment if they like.

    But I've never yet run into a producer or talent scout that offered to hire me. Ah well... good luck to this guy, cause often luck is what it's all about.

    His voice was AWESOME and I have also done voice-overs and my voice was discovered as I was a stand in for a test pilot tv series

    His voice was good, hardly awesome. And I have no doubt your own voice is marketable. But let's not get carried away. I think we've both heard better than him, yes?

    Doubt or no doubt pointless to personalize as it can become high pitched and catty. Have I heard better yes by someone who has a Vocal coach who is constantly tweaking his or her craft of pitch, who hasn't been strung out on drugs and not homeless.... For a guy standing on the entrance ramp of the freeway he sounds pretty damn good! Cut the guy some slack. I'm sure w/ a vocal coach he'll sound exactly like what you'd expect him to.

    Well, you keep believing that. I honestly see no real potential there. Perhaps the novelty value will help him.
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    Jan 05, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    That is an amazing radio voice he has and a great story of second chances.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Jan 05, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    Well, I've worked in radio my whole life and, YES, he does have the natural radio voice so many of us don't.

    It's too bad he let his career slip away previously in a business that is very tough to make it in. Hopefully, he can make the most of his second chance.