This video from The Columbus Dispatch has deservedly gone viral:
The Dispatch reports that since it put the video online yesterday, there have been "scores of phone calls ... media inquiries and potential job offers that could ultimately provide the one-time radio announcer with a second chance." A YouTube copy has been viewed more than 4.5 million times.
The video's star, 53-year-old Ted Williams, is "a sporadic resident of a camp behind an abandoned Hudson Street gas station" in Columbus. As you'll see in the video, he admits to having been brought down by drugs — but says he's been clean for more than two years. He's loved radio all his life and says he's had some voice training.
Williams' new-found fame landed him on local radio station WNCI this morning. The station's fans loved him. And he had an emotional appearance today on CBS-TV's The Early Show. Williams is hoping all the attention he's getting will help him get his life together:
There will be more about Williams and his dramatic change in fortunes later today on All Things Considered. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show.
Doral Chenoweth III, who made the video, is due in a Dispatch live chat at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Update at 4:35 p.m. ET: All Things Considered producer Theo Balcomb spoke with Chenoweth, the videographer, who told her that when he came across Williams one day he was taken aback because Williams sounded "better than the NPR news announcers":
Update at 12:15 p.m. ET: Williams has been offered a job and a house by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
Update at 11:45 a.m. ET. Commenter Damien Jax makes a good point: The folks at Reddit.com have been doing a good job of spreading the word about Williams.