'Golden Voice' Returns To Columbus To Film Commercial, Reality Show


UPDATED: Friday April 15, 2011 2:47 PM

The Columbus homeless man who became an overnight star was back on Wednesday, shooting a commercial and a reality show.

Ted Williams rose to fame earlier this year after his "golden" radio voice was discovered, 10TV's Josh Poland reported.

He was back in his hometown on Wednesday, visiting a familiar store to shoot a commercial.

A crew was also on hand to document Williams' life as part of an upcoming reality show.

The production company, from Florida, followed Williams to Uncle Sam's Pawn Shop, a place he said he visited often while he was living on the streets.

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"This place is an institution when it comes to pawn shops," Williams said, while shooting a commercial for store owner Gary Chasin.

Williams said it was important for him to stop at the pawn shop. He said visiting places from his past will give viewers of his reality show a chance to see where he came from.

"They'll get a sense of my compassion and my struggles with addiction and everything that I'm going through," Williams said.

The people at Uncle Sam's said they are happy to see where he is headed.

"I've seen recent pictures of him, how nicely he's done," Chasin said. "He's become very religious and very thoughtful about other people."

Williams said he plans to be in Columbus for the rest of the week to complete filming, Poland reported. He said plans include a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles, so Williams can get his driver's license.

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."

He later appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show" and briefly accepted an offer of drug and alcohol rehab from the show host Phil McGraw.

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February 8. 2011: 'Golden Voice' Williams Living In L.A., In Drug Treatment
January 28, 2011: 'Golden Voice' Williams Seen In Central Ohio
January 27, 2011:  No News Conference For 'Golden Voice' Williams
January 24, 2011: 'Golden Voice' Ted Williams Leaves Texas Rehab
January 21, 2011: Girlfriend Of 'Golden Voice' Williams Accepts Dr. Phil's Rehab Offer
January 20, 2011: Between Discovery, Rehab, 'Golden Voice' Used Drugs, Alcohol
January 19, 2011:  'Golden Voice' Williams Enters Rehab
January 13, 2011:  Homeless Radio Man Headed To Rehab
January 13, 2011:  Promoter Cancels Homeless Radio Man's Appearances
January 11, 2011:  Homeless Radio Man Briefly Held By L.A. Police 
January 7, 2011:    Former Rehab Roommate Says Williams' Story Will Inspire Others
January 6, 2011:  'Golden Voice' Williams Reunites With Mother
January 5, 2011:  Offers From MTV, Cleveland Cavaliers Coming To Man With 'Golden Voice'
January 4, 2011:   Video Of 'Golden Voiced' Panhandler Goes Viral