Ted Williams holds a sign advertising his smooth radio voice near a highway ramp in Columbus, Ohio, in 2010.
(Photo: Doral Chenoweth III, AP)
It was the voice you couldn't believe.
A homeless man named Ted Williams became all anyone could talk about in January 2011, when a YouTube video of him using his radio voice went viral.
Williams was standing next to traffic, holding a cardboard sign when a videographer from the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch filmed him while he was using his radio voice. Williams' life changed immediately.
After the initial whirlwind of TV appearances and on-air interviews, the recovering alcoholic started drinking again. Talk show host Dr. Phil helped send him to a drug rehab facility, but Williams left after 12 days. Over the next two years, he worked various voice over jobs, becoming the voice of the New England Cable News Network. Williams stayed in the spotlight with a number of interviews, including the Today Showin May 2012 when he announced that he had been sober for over a year.
Williams worked with New York Times writer Bret Witter to write his biography called 'A Golden Voice,' and became the voice of Kraft Foods' new TV campaign.
Williams is no longer homeless. He is the voice of a new film called 'Houseless' about the harsh realities of living on the streets.