'Golden Voice' Williams Wants To Repay Those Who Have Helped Him


UPDATED: Thursday February 10, 2011 5:12 PM
A Columbus man who went from homeless to national fame in a matter of days admitted he has made some missteps along the road to recovery.

In an exclusive interview with 10TV's Jerry Revish, Ted Williams said he is living in Los Angeles, getting help for drug and alcohol addiction, and working to rebuild his career and his relationships with his family.

Williams, 53, knows a lot of people remain skeptical and said he will take advantage of his second chance. 

He left a treatment facility that was arranged by talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw after two weeks, but said he had a good reason to leave.

"My reason for leaving treatment was because it gave me a sense of it being scripted. I was doing live telephone call-ins with Dr. Phil and my girlfriend and my ex-wife and all my kids," Williams said. "It became somewhat of a scripted circus and a form of anonymity was lost."

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Williams said he appreciates McGraw's concern for him, but said he did not realize what he was getting into when he went on his show.

"If I could have held on to some sobriety early enough to have accepted this in a different manner, I would have definitely changed my way of living," Williams said.

Since leaving the Texas rehab, Williams said he has been getting treatment for his drug and alcohol addiction through an outpatient program in Los Angeles.

"There are a lot of people in recovery in the voice-over community and Screen Actors Guild and I'm around a lot of good people," Williams said. "This is truly a second chance and I'm going to make the best of it. That's the best I can say."

Williams said he knows this may be his last chance to turn his life around and hopes to successfully complete rehab and get to work repairing relationships and his career.

"I'm not going to forget my responsibilities and some of the loyalties I have to Columbus, Ohio and to the various organizations and social networks that I've been through," Williams said. "I want to give back."

Williams made national headlines after a video appeared on the Columbus Dispatch Web site about him. 

The clip that was filmed by Columbus Dispatch videographer Doral Chenoweth III, 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."
 
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