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Online video lands homeless man job

The Internet — and the infectious nature of viral videos — has helped a homeless man find a home and a job.

The Internet — and the infectious nature of viral videos — has helped a homeless man find a home and a job.

On Tuesday, a video started circulating the tubes telling the story of Ted Williams, a homeless man wandering the streets of Columbus, Ohio, with not much to his name: just a windblown hairdo, a cardboard beggar’s sign and the voice of a god.

The disheveled Williams, beaming a face-splitting smile of rotting teeth, told his story to a videographer from the Columbus Dispatch newspaper. He fell in love with the medium after a field trip to a radio station, he explained. But “then alcohol and drugs and a few other things became a part of my life.”

He also shared a sample of his now-famous voice, booming like thick velvet perhaps the most incongruous sound ever to emanate from a homeless man’s grin: “When you’re listening to nothing but the best of oldies, you’re listening to Magic 98.9.”

Now sober, Williams may have found his second chance after an NBA team got whiff of the story. “The Cleveland Cavaliers just offered me a full-time job and a house! A house! A house!” Williams said yesterday on radio station WNCI.

 
 
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