The new year’s first viral video star is Ted Williams, a homeless man from Ohio, whose amazing, radio-perfect voice has awed people from around the world.
Williams was known for panhandling with a handmade sign announcing his “God-given gift of a voice.” After hearing about him, The Columbus Dispatch paper stopped by one of his known panhandling haunts to record him saying voice-over phrases, like “coming up next!”
The bedraggled Williams’ appearance only made his voice seem that much richer. Days later, millions have watched the video.
Now that Williams’ voice has been heard, he’s making appearances — he was on Ohio radio this morning, and he’ll be on NBC’s “Today Show” on Thursday — and the job prospects seem to be pouring in. Here are a few of the new possible opportunities for Williams.
* The Cleveland Cavaliers: A representative of the Cavs called into “The Morning Zoo” on WNCI, a local Ohio station, this morning to offer Williams a full-time voice-over job and a house.
* The NFL: No offer has been made yet, but a director of post-production from the NFL told The Columbus Dispatch, “My boss said to me: ‘If you don’t get him hired, you’re fired.’ … I can’t make any guarantees, but I’d love to get him some work.”
* The Ohio Credit Union League: Also on WNCI this morning, Williams was offered a $10,000 opportunity to do voice-over work for the Ohio Credit Union League, pending a background check.
* MTV: Someone claiming to be from MTV called into “The Morning Zoo” to say that they’d love to work with Williams.
* ESPN: According to WNCI, ESPN has expressed interest in Williams, too.
* Radio: A Pennsylvania radio station is apparently interested in Williams.
* Giving back: The television station WBNS-TV wants to use Williams as a narrator for One Day To End Homelessness, a telethon planned for Jan. 31.
Watch the video that launched a thousand job offers for Ted Williams: