'Golden Voice' Williams Reunites With Mother


UPDATED: Friday January 7, 2011 6:14 PM

An Ohio man with a "golden voice" who went from homeless to a household name in a matter of days reunited with his mother on Thursday afternoon.
   
After a Columbus Dispatch photographer shot a video of Ted Williams panhandling along a north side street, job offers have been pouring in for the former DJ, 10TV News reported.

Williams said drugs and alcohol derailed his life. Williams, who spent time in prison, said he has been sober for two years and is ready to work

"I love it but then at the same time I'm (thinking) so, 'Oh God, what am I supposed to do with this newfound fame?'" Williams said.

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While in New York, Williams saw his 90-year-old mother, Julia Williams, for the first time in two decades.

He has not seen her in 20 years and said he hoped for this moment for a long time.

"The biggest prayer that I've ever had is I wanted my mom to live long enough for her to see me have a second chance," Williams said.

During an interview with the "CBS Early Show" Julia Williams said she was surprised to hear it was her son that everyone was talking about.

"Someone was talking about the man with the golden voice (and I said), 'Who is that?' Julia Williams said. "That's your son. I'm so proud I want him to do well."

The clip that was filmed by Columbus Dispatch videographer Doral Chenoweth III first appeared on the Dispatch Web site on Monday.

It showed Williams standing near the ramp from Hudson Street and Interstate 71, demonstrating his voice.  A sign he held read, "I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times."

10TV has asked Williams to provide narration for promotional spots during the station's "One Day to End Homelessness" telethon on Jan. 31, according to Frank Willson, the station's director of operations.

Williams has been offered dozens of jobs, including offers from NFL Films, MTV and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has not accepted any offers yet and said he is still shocked by his new-found fame.

Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com for continuing coverage. 

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