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knicks09
01-05-2011, 01:51 PM
Here's the video of a homeless man that has the voice of a narrator, it's awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTysXITBCmk&feature=youtube_gdata_player


He’s now known on the Web as the man with the golden voice. But before that, he was known as a guy standing on the side of the road with a sign — just like many other homeless people.

The man with the golden voice, Ted Williams, is an internet sensation. And apparently, his fame may have landed him a pretty good gig: CNN affiliate WEWS reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered Williams a job and a house.

Williams’ story is the epitome of how dreams can come true in the internet age. And practically overnight.

His story was first reported in the Columbus Dispatch; a photographer drove up to Williams on the side of the road and videotaped him as he held a sign that said in part, “I have a God given gift of voice.” The photographer wanted him to prove it to earn some cash, and boy, did Williams deliver. He rattled off, in a James Earl Jones-esque voice, what seemed like a perfect radio station tease.

YouTube: Watch full video

The story exploded from there. From all over the internet, including on the message board Reddit, people began tracking his whereabouts and trying to offer him jobs. That led to radio interviews and even an interview with CBS’s “Early Show” today.

Oh, and did we mention that the video of him speaking for the Dispatch reporter has gotten (as we write this) more than 4.5 million hits in just two days? It’s also the top viral video, according to ViralVideoChart.com, which tracks the rate of shares and clicks on videos.


Call him the radio-voice version of Susan Boyle.

Frumpy British singer Boyle “dreamed a dream” on a TV talent show and sold millions of records, proving that sometimes the most sensational voices come from the places you least expect. And then again, perhaps we jump to conclusions when we form impressions about people.

“Hand on heart, we didn’t know what was coming at all,” CNN’s Piers Morgan, who was a judge on “Britain’s Got Talent,” recently said of Boyle.”We were like ‘Oh, my God, this is going to be a total train wreck.’ We were all laughing and mocking.

“The moment she sang, you see our faces frozen into two kinds of horror,” he added. “One, that we didn’t recognize her talent, and two, that we now know there’s going to be a YouTube clip for the rest of our lives of us mocking this amazing woman. … So whenever I have someone coming on who is not your standard-looking pop star, I sit there resolutely, just in case.”

Indeed, Morgan is applying that lesson with Williams, tweeting earlier, “Greatest unheard radio voice ever: http://bit.ly/hkeanN If you know this guy pls tell him to enter ‘America’s Got Talent’.”

Now, Williams is experiencing a similar whirlwind tour.

Although he didn’t have Boyle’s TV platform, or a similar show that shot a Taiwanese boy to fame for singing like Whitney Houston, he did have the same power of the Web. Who knows how many people drove past Williams as he stood on the street, waiting for someone to recognize his talents, before he was taped and put on YouTube.

“Hopefully somebody from one of these television or radio stations will say, ‘hey, I need a voice-over’ or ‘ I need something,’ ” Williams said on “The Early Show.”

And because of his internet rise to fame, now the dream that Williams has dreamed for so long for himself may also be coming true.

WEWS said that although they are still tightening up a deal, the Cavaliers offered him full-time voiceover work with the team and with Quicken Loans, the mortgage giant founded by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, along with the mortgage for a house.

They may have lost the power of LeBron James in their building, but perhaps the Cavs have gained the power of a voice that may become a legend.
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/05/homeless-man-with-golden-voice-lights-up-web-gets-job-offers/

Lim
01-05-2011, 01:57 PM
unreal, thats great to hear

jkiddvc20
01-05-2011, 02:01 PM
Wow is all I can say

bahama0811
01-05-2011, 02:04 PM
Good for him.

Slimsim
01-05-2011, 02:05 PM
Wow that dude has a kick *** voice

Giaps
01-05-2011, 02:11 PM
Great story.

Ted is from Brooklyn, NY!. Great job Ted!

b_russ
01-05-2011, 02:13 PM
That's rad. I hope they do a follow up story in a year or so.

Super.
01-05-2011, 02:15 PM
His voice is Morgan Freeman good

kyleh1987
01-05-2011, 02:23 PM
good for him

Giaps
01-05-2011, 02:23 PM
His voice is Morgan Freeman good
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQwox_cAt04

ElMarroAfamado
01-05-2011, 02:24 PM
Great Story...

godolphins
01-05-2011, 02:26 PM
Well that's good to hear

benzni
01-05-2011, 02:27 PM
cool

el_primo_nano
01-05-2011, 02:45 PM
WOW. I got goosebumps. Sucks what drugs can do to you though...

Rego247
01-05-2011, 02:49 PM
wow in a world so ****ed up its great to hear stuff like this.

u continue to stay classy cleveland.

Corey
01-05-2011, 02:52 PM
I just hope he stays clean when he has a steady income.

tdunk21
01-05-2011, 02:52 PM
omg......am from columbus ohio, have seen this guy once but did not pay any attention.....what a turn around.....i feel happy for him.....

kozelkid
01-05-2011, 02:57 PM
I love this man's voice, but no one beats this man's voice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FgMLROTqJ0

justinnum1
01-05-2011, 03:00 PM
Great pick up for the cavs...nice to hear about these kind of things

Mile High Champ
01-05-2011, 03:05 PM
This is really awesome. A feel good piece of news for sure.

hyb152
01-05-2011, 03:06 PM
wow in a world so ****ed up its great to hear stuff like this.

u continue to stay classy cleveland.

:laugh: oh lord, I pray for your sake that you're joking. Oh god plz tell me you're joking! I'm cracking up right now. This is a classy move by the organization no doubt. But don't ever say "Cleveland" and "continue to stay classy" in the same sentence. That's a joke. Cleveland natives have quite a job on their hands. It's going to be tough to rebuild that image because they brought it to ruins big time. The exact opposite of class. :laugh:

colinskik
01-05-2011, 03:09 PM
This guy ^^ needs to calm down and figure his life out.

Ted Williams on the other hand is on the fast track to success. He's terrific! He should be mayor of Cleveland.

tangent12
01-05-2011, 03:10 PM
A bum like setting for a homeless announcer. Perfect match if you ask me

sep11ie
01-05-2011, 03:15 PM
Watch him leave the Cav's for the Heat too.

RZZZA
01-05-2011, 03:21 PM
This really is an amazing story


4chan gave this guy the popularity

BKLYNNYRNYKNYY
01-05-2011, 03:24 PM
Its a feel good story. But not for nothing that guy does have a sick voice

RZZZA
01-05-2011, 03:29 PM
It kinda sucks how 4chan doesn't get some credit for this though. Before the 4channers picked it up, this youtube video had a measly 300 views. After 4chan, it skyrocketed in popularity.

Niro
01-05-2011, 03:29 PM
thats pretty cool

xabial
01-05-2011, 03:31 PM
i want him as an announcer on my Team

Rego247
01-05-2011, 03:39 PM
:laugh: oh lord, I pray for your sake that you're joking. Oh god plz tell me you're joking! I'm cracking up right now. This is a classy move by the organization no doubt. But don't ever say "Cleveland" and "continue to stay classy" in the same sentence. That's a joke. Cleveland natives have quite a job on their hands. It's going to be tough to rebuild that image because they brought it to ruins big time. The exact opposite of class. :laugh:

haha true, but it was a classy move by the organization though. u gotta love that. that guy deserves another chance. hope he does well there.

tr3ymill3r
01-05-2011, 03:40 PM
That's awesome, close your eyes and listen to his voice. His voice is god-like.

John Walls Era
01-05-2011, 03:47 PM
:up:

MrfadeawayJB
01-05-2011, 04:08 PM
That is a great story, he could really make it big

0202243
01-05-2011, 04:19 PM
Watch him leave the Cav's for the Heat too.

:laugh::laugh2::laugh:

Fireworld
01-05-2011, 04:21 PM
Amazing!!

pistonsfanomg
01-05-2011, 04:27 PM
haha this was on General Discussions

NYY NYJ NYK
01-05-2011, 04:31 PM
This is awesome

SB1
01-05-2011, 04:34 PM
Great story! Saw this earlier... the guy has a great voice. someone will make this into a movie...

TO Rapz
01-05-2011, 04:57 PM
Awesome! Im actually happy for him, it reminds people of how lucky we are to be safe at home out of the cold, but its people like him that have to suffer daily. It might have been his fault cuzof the drugs and what not, but everyone deserves a second chance, make the best out of it bud!

Khalifa21
01-05-2011, 04:58 PM
Congrats to the guy.. He has an amazing voice and I wish him all the best. Great story.

blueplanet
01-05-2011, 05:00 PM
The man got a voice. If he knew the game better, he would sound absolutely fantastic with dunks and other exciting plays.

knicks09
01-05-2011, 05:15 PM
Guys, for those of you that want to hear the conversation when he was offered this by the Cavs, here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW6-tfX9GbE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

levignjw
01-05-2011, 05:17 PM
That's awesome.

J_M_B
01-05-2011, 05:18 PM
Good for him. It's great to hear stories like this, I wish him the best.

salmonleg
01-05-2011, 05:21 PM
That's really cool. I like the Cavs just a bit more than I did yesterday...

dtmagnet
01-05-2011, 05:24 PM
That is so cool that things may work out for him!

OneTuzSea
01-05-2011, 05:24 PM
It kinda sucks how 4chan doesn't get some credit for this though. Before the 4channers picked it up, this youtube video had a measly 300 views. After 4chan, it skyrocketed in popularity.

Because 4chan is a cesspool.

godolphins
01-05-2011, 05:24 PM
i want him as an announcer on my Team
He's going to the Heat

Watch him leave the Cav's for the Heat too.

:laugh2:
I'll like to announce that i'm taking my annoucements to South Beach and announce for the Miami Heat

RZZZA
01-05-2011, 05:25 PM
Because 4chan is a cesspool.

that's the common perception of them. That they're perverts and hackers and immoral people. But 4chan also does some good, like this story being one of those things.

SNYmets86
01-05-2011, 05:28 PM
damn am happy for him way to go

nightBULL
01-05-2011, 05:30 PM
He should be announcing for The Kings.
http://images.radcity.net/5680/4609844.jpg
http://www.acceleratorinc.biz/archive/images/burger-king.jpg





Too soon?

jon32
01-05-2011, 05:33 PM
^^^ the more i look at his pic i find he looks like obama ....as a bum

CBCable
01-05-2011, 05:38 PM
too bad they couldn't plug him in at starting SF.

jokes aside, great story.

nightBULL
01-05-2011, 05:38 PM
I can see that too.

Or a cracked out James Brown

BuddhaMONK
01-05-2011, 05:48 PM
seems like his mind is still there so why not, some crack heads are completely out of it this guy is not (although he could really use a bath, and some tooth paste).

Statik1
01-05-2011, 05:48 PM
With all the bickering, war and state of the economy in this country this really put a smile on my face today.

RZZZA
01-05-2011, 05:50 PM
seems like his mind is still there so why not, some crack heads are completely out of it this guy is not (although he could really use a bath, and some tooth paste).

and a comb.

Yeah he seems mentally stable and coherent, he says he's clean for 2 years.

also, he's polite. I like that.

Nikeman
01-05-2011, 05:50 PM
I saw this story just yesterday on Yahoo's top stories and man does this guy have a voice!

Congrats to him, and nice job to the Cavs organization!

FaM0us Skins
01-05-2011, 05:58 PM
Great story. I seen this video yesterday. Congrats to him!

mjt20mik
01-05-2011, 05:58 PM
Good to hear he is trying to get his life back in order.

EWreckShin
01-05-2011, 06:04 PM
He sounds like my ex-girlfriend and looks like your mom. :)

macc
01-05-2011, 06:16 PM
Good read, good story, even better voice. Good for him.

cargobox
01-05-2011, 06:16 PM
That's pretty dope, hopefully the guy doesn't commit the same mistake of alcoholism and shiz

hyb152
01-05-2011, 06:47 PM
haha true, but it was a classy move by the organization though. u gotta love that. that guy deserves another chance. hope he does well there.

No doubt, I agree 100% with you on that. He seemed like a really good guy to judging on the interview. He admitted his mistakes of drugs and alcohol ruining his life for the moment. It was definitely a class act by the cavs organization giving him the chance. Glad to see it. I hope he does well too.

hyb152
01-05-2011, 06:49 PM
^^^ the more i look at his pic i find he looks like obama ....as a bum

Uhhhhh........ no.

Jenceman
01-05-2011, 07:03 PM
that's the common perception of them. That they're perverts and hackers and immoral people. But 4chan also does some good, like this story being one of those things.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the massive amount of child porn on there is one of the good things too.

RZZZA
01-05-2011, 07:04 PM
I must have missed that section of the site the brief time I posted there.

AFAIK they're legally binded to remove any illegal content

knicks09
01-08-2011, 01:26 PM
I'm glad he's turning his life around

knicks4life33
01-08-2011, 02:15 PM
lebron woulda said u could mc at all my birthday parties