In 2011, the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio set out on a mission to find Ted Williams, a homeless man who had garnered attention for his claims of having a radio-quality voice. As the newspaper searched for Williams, they discovered that he had a tumultuous past filled with struggles with addiction and financial difficulties.
However, despite these challenges, Williams had always been gifted with a smooth, deep voice that seemed to belie his circumstances.
The Columbus Dispatch first came across Williams when a video of him panhandling on the side of the road went viral on the internet. In the video, Williams can be heard saying, “I have a God-given gift of voice. I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times.”