“My life has turned around in a matter of minutes,” said Ted Williams. Williams, 53, is a former disc jockey who found himself in the media spotlight on Wednesday after he was discovered on a street corner by a reporter from The Columbus Dispatch. Williams had fallen on hard times in recent years but was holding a sign proclaiming a God-given gift of voice.
The father of nine children lost his job when he became addicted to drugs and alcohol in the 1990’s. He eventually found himself living on the streets and unable to find work. “The alcohol and everything was getting a little bad for me and I was showing-up late and just taking my job for granted,” said Williams.
Ted’s voice was noticed when the newspaper reporter recorded him talking at a downtown intersection. It was posted on YouTube and drew the attention from millions of people from all over the country. Wednesday, he was a guest host on a local radio station where listeners called and emailed from as far away as Australia and England.
“I’m calling to offer to fly you out here to LA,” announced one caller who works at MTV in California. The Cleveland Cavaliers even phoned with an opportunity that may be too good to resist. “That lady offered me a full-time job with the Cavs and then something about the mortgage of a home? I’m going with that! Out of all the offers that I’ve had and I’ve had quite a few, I’ll be working in Cleveland, Ohio,” said Williams.
If he takes the job with the Cleveland team, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the native New Yorker who worked in Cleveland once before. “I was the morning personality. Every weekday morning it was the ‘Ted Williams Show’ on 1490 WJMO Cleveland Heights!”
“This is marvelous, I couldn’t be happier for him, I really truly couldn’t be because he deserves it,” said Earl Bailey, a former broadcasting teacher who once worked with Williams.
“My God,” said Williams, “it’s just phenomenal and it’s getting more and more overwhelming as the minutes go by.”
Williams has received many other job offers as well, including one from an executive at MTV.