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Ted Williams, the “Golden Voice,” to star in reality show

Doral Chenoweth III, Columbus Dispatch via AP

Doral Chenoweth III, Columbus Dispatch via AP

Ted Williams, whose “Golden Voice” propelled him from homelessness to instant fame, will be featured in a reality show, TMZ reports.

Who didn’t see this coming?

The site says that Williams, whose dulcet tones catapulted him off a highway ramp and into the national spotlight after Doral Chenoweth III, a video journalist from the Columbus Dispatch videotaped him talking, will start filming in a couple of weeks.

(That’s right – this YouTube sensation owes his instant fame to a newspaper journalist. Can we get a shout-out for our print brethren at the Columbus Dispatch? OK, we digress.)

Anyway, the show will be called “Second Chances at Life,” and will feature his story along with those of other people who somehow arrive at Act 2 in their own lives.

Williams’ instant success story hasn’t been a fairy tale, of course. After the initial flood of attention and job offers for voice work came a short-lived stint in rehab. Williams told the Columbus Dispatch it all happened “a little too fast.”

Update: want a T-shirt? Say something NICE. I’m tired of the negative comments! Pleasant comments will be entered into a random drawing.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

63 comments Add your comment

James D

February 22nd, 2011
1:51 pm

I saw this guy on television the other day and couldn’t believe his voice. I hope he takes it far and gets everything he wants, he certainly has a talent.

James
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Michelle

February 22nd, 2011
3:04 pm

I’m going to keep him in my prayers and wish him the BEST OF LUCK….He needs to stay grounded and keep GOD 1ST :)

Ron

February 22nd, 2011
3:07 pm

He will end up back in jail before the year is over. Once a thug, always a thug.

B Real

February 22nd, 2011
3:11 pm

I am all for second chances, but the minute he starts abusing drugs, DROP HIM!

Ally

February 22nd, 2011
3:15 pm

It will take a miracle for him to succeed with all that he has hanging over him and I pray that he does well. I read that he left rehab and it seems that he is putting the cart before the horse by doing television before he has truly recovered from his addictions. Especially the chemical addictions along with the social addictions. I am cheering for him.

David

February 22nd, 2011
3:16 pm

Actually Ron, he doesn’t portray himself to be a thug, and sounds as though he is well spoken, nonetheless!

fergie

February 22nd, 2011
3:19 pm

My son is an addict. My heart and prayes go out to him. This thing call addiction is very hard to beat. My son is going through hell and have been through hell and so have I. I sincerely wish him the very best.

Janet

February 22nd, 2011
3:27 pm

Wow, a “thug”? Giving him a year before he ends up back in jail? I thought the Bible belt believed in WWJD (What would Jesus do?). Oh wait, most of you would have crucifed Him for healing the sick on the Sabbath…. nevermind.

the anonymity of the internet creates big men

February 22nd, 2011
3:32 pm

who hide behind their keyboards and try to shock others. it’s pathetic.

god bless this man and his attempts to beat addiction.

SouthernGirl

February 22nd, 2011
3:34 pm

Come on Ron, give the guy a chance. Have you ever received a second chance? OK then!

Amen

February 22nd, 2011
3:35 pm

Amen Janet. It’s definitely time to bring back the WWJD bracelets here in GA as the hate has grown out of control. Good luck Ted.

Alrighty Then

February 22nd, 2011
3:43 pm

I wish him the best, but I have a very strong feelings my wish will fall on deaf ears. He is his worse enemy. I’ll never forget what his mother said when they reunited. She said he is a “weak man” and doesn’t know how to be strong. Any weak man with $$ will always have that victim mentality because they don’t see the wrong they themselves are doing!!!

kjh

February 22nd, 2011
3:47 pm

janet may be an idiot

Behar and Beck

February 22nd, 2011
3:49 pm

“THIS IS AT RON” YOU ARE THE THUG YOU IDIOT

Spanky

February 22nd, 2011
3:49 pm

Any dentists out there want to help him out?

Behar and Beck

February 22nd, 2011
3:50 pm

kjh janet is nnot an idiot YOU ARE

Janet

February 22nd, 2011
3:51 pm

No, not an idiot. Maybe someone who believes in redemption and not condemning someone until the have proven themselves to be condemnable, but not an idiot. But if that’s how you live your life, rock on KJH. Just make sure you never make a mistake.

Behar and Beck

February 22nd, 2011
3:52 pm

ron never gives anybody a second chance so he will never will

Janet

February 22nd, 2011
3:53 pm

Oopps, like I just did, “they” not “the”. My apologies.

She She

February 22nd, 2011
3:53 pm

I hope he REALLY appreciates this second chance of a lifetime/opportunity and I hope he continues to seek the assistance he needs in overcoming his addiction. Being a daughter of someone that was an alcoholic it really is a DAILY struggle to stay clean/sober!!! I wish him and his family the best!

Caitlin

February 22nd, 2011
3:53 pm

I hope he gets his life together, and that he’s able to tell the difference between those who want to help him, and those who just want to exploit him.

Justin

February 22nd, 2011
3:56 pm

@ Amen and Janet…..I agree with you.

@ Ron….define thug?

king of mean

February 22nd, 2011
3:57 pm

I wish him the best of luck and hope he can make the most of his 2nd chance.

Christi Hurt

February 22nd, 2011
3:58 pm

All people need a 2nd chance. AWESOME job Ted Williams! Restores my faith in humanity!

Fan1

February 22nd, 2011
3:58 pm

Hopefully, he will have good people around him that will keep him grounded and focused. I wish him well!Good Luck!

EGE

February 22nd, 2011
3:58 pm

Thanks for the shout out, AJC.
– Your friends in Columbus

Sam

February 22nd, 2011
4:02 pm

I wish him all the best – never kick a person when they’re down.

Rick

February 22nd, 2011
4:03 pm

I’m sure Ron and KJH have already moved on from the thread…spreading their message of hope and redemption for all to read!

2ndChance

February 22nd, 2011
4:09 pm

Everyone deserves a second chance and this is exactly what he is getting…he is amazing…an inspiration!

Mrs. G

February 22nd, 2011
4:21 pm

I hope he gets psycological counseling as he starts on his new journey. People fall on hard times, it’s the willingness to accept that there is a problem that will help them adapt and overcome “that” problem. I hope he has someone in his corner that’s not about the dollar signs and more about the human being..I have constant prayers for him…. It still takes a village…

Anna

February 22nd, 2011
4:27 pm

Good luck to him as he turns his life around. Also, bunnies and puppies are cute.

Judy

February 22nd, 2011
4:31 pm

He will have to work even harder than most at not letting stardom and money overwhelm him. Having money will make it easy to get alcohol and drugs. And while there will be good people around him; there will also be those “instant friends” who are into drugs and alcohol. I pray that he has the strength to resist them by realizing how blessed he is to have this second chance in his life.

Tamara Moshier

February 22nd, 2011
4:32 pm

I wish Mr. Williams all the best and hope that his “Second Chance At Life” will lead him to a place of happiness, fulfillment, and peace.

JennyCos

February 22nd, 2011
4:35 pm

Rock on, Newspaper Journalisits.

weena

February 22nd, 2011
4:36 pm

You post a story about some crackhead getting a reality show and then ask for only NICE comments? How about this, a second rate reporter who works for a rag of a paper in a dying market resigns to becme the local gossip reporter for the city’s Fox affiliated station. Now there’s a nice story.

interested but not invested

February 22nd, 2011
4:44 pm

My favorite quote of all time is: “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” Good luck Mr. Williams.

Roderick Bryant

February 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

I hope he does well…PEACE.

Columbus Native

February 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

Kudos to the Columbus Dispatch reporter that took the time to see what Ted was all about. That just goes to show that there are still good people in the world. Everyone deserves a second chance. I’m counting on Ted to do well and make my hometown proud!

cowboy mouth

February 22nd, 2011
5:07 pm

@Ron. Why you gotta be a racist douche your whole life? The guy had addiction problems, not a criminal history.

Jennifer Brett

February 22nd, 2011
5:10 pm

Thank you JennyCos!

Columbus Native, I agree!

Jennifer

Mom

February 22nd, 2011
5:12 pm

While I agree he needs to work on getting his addictions under control, he also has to work. Here’s hoping this show inspires others to continue to reach for their dreams and never give up. Everyone deserves a second chance to have a wonderful life :)

the watcher

February 22nd, 2011
5:15 pm

That is a very interesting turnaround for this man. I donot know how much truth there is to this story, however, Ted Williams had his eye on Atlanta for “going homeless”, but then he heard that no alcohol was sold on Sundays soooooooo he decided on Columbus, Oh. because alcohol was sold there on Sundays. I always think of the deep south as a bible totin, hell-fire and brimestone country where sinners are brought to salvation by the Southern Baptist. Think about that when demon rum is sold on the sabbath. I went to a Southern Baptist service one time and the minister put holy fear of sinning in me, I really was a little unsettled by the whole sermon. Afterwards, i met the minister and he was a ok person.

Diane Mason

February 22nd, 2011
5:33 pm

I hope Ted will be a phoenix, rising up. The ashes, so to speak, may be what’s familiar, but he will hopefully dip his toe into a better life and like it better. Best of luck.

Diane Mason

February 22nd, 2011
5:34 pm

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Hopeful

February 22nd, 2011
5:37 pm

Everyday is a new beginning.

justanopinion

February 22nd, 2011
5:55 pm

@Janet – while you may not agree with Ron’s comment, I have a hard time believing Jesus approves of YOU judging him (Ron) with a rather smart*** comment. At least Ron was on topic….

With that said, I hope Mr. Williams takes full advantage of his 2nd chance. Ron’s comment is absolutely a potential reality, and one I hope Mr. Williams will avoid.

Shan

February 22nd, 2011
6:06 pm

I believe in second chances. I hope this show will really work towards helping people positively move forward in their lives. Let’s hope this is not just another attempt to cash in on the personal plights of others by making spectacles of people in unfortunate situation.

Kellee

February 22nd, 2011
6:10 pm

I think in life we’re all offered many second chances. I am glad Ted Williams is able to share his story of second chances with the rest of us.

PS: Jennifer, I hope you have a lovely day. :)

Best Wishes Ted

February 22nd, 2011
6:21 pm

Perhaps ron was expressing his chagrin at the high rate of recidivism of people who are addicted to drugs (rather than hoping for his return to drugs and crime–as only an animal would do that). To wit:

Ted Williams:

-Fathered nine children.
-Has a long predisposition for drugs and alcohol. He said he drank a fifth of liquor a day while continuing to work.
-Said: “Alcohol had always been a part of my life; I did have an alcohol problem at an early age.
-Began doing drugs in 1993 when his radio career came to an end. “I started snorting cocaine and then I started smoking it, the crack and all of that.”
-Ate the food of juvenile family members: “During my detox stages, I had a tendency to eat up everybody’s food,” Williams told The Associated Press. “I’m a grandfather, too, and I was eating what should have gone to their kids.”
-Has a criminal record that includes arrests for robbery, theft, forgery and drug possession.

Most reality shows don’t encourage sobriety or acceptable behavior, so it is doubtful a reality show will help him on his new path. We wish Ted well and pray for his recovery and deliverance from drugs and alcohol.

Justin

February 22nd, 2011
6:22 pm

@justanopinion

Just what part of Ron’s comment do you feel is reality. Could it be the thug part? Your comment doesn’t seem optimistic about Ron at all.