The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered an unspecified job to a homeless Ohio man with a golden radio voice.
Ted Williams, whose deep baritone and plight have made him an online video sensation, was first contacted Wednesday by the Cavaliers.
Team spokesman Tad Carper said details are still being worked out on a possible position for Williams. Carper said any job could include working in Quicken Loans Arena, the NBA team’s downtown arena. It is not yet known if Williams has accepted the team’s offer.
Williams was spotted by the Columbus Dispatch standing near an exit ramp off Interstate 71. In a video interview, Williams — holding a cardboard sign that asks motorists for help and says, “I’m an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times” — explains in his smooth, deep voice that he grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y.. and that he was drawn to radio at the age of 14.
Williams said he went to school for his voice, but that his life was later affected by alcohol and drugs. Williams claims to have been sober for two years.
Any publicity is good publicity, perhaps, for the Cavaliers, who are 8-26 and in last place in the Central Division. They play Toronto tonight in Cleveland.