Ted Williams is an American voice-over artist from Columbus, Ohio who gained immediate worldwide media attention in January 2011 when an interview he made went viral after being posted to YouTube.
Doral Chenoweth, a Columbus, Ohio videographer for the Columbus Dispatch, recorded the interview with Williams and posted the video on the newspaper’s website on January 3, 2011. Recorded during a period when Williams was homeless, Chenoweth located Williams standing next to traffic holding a cardboard sign with a hand-written advertisement of his voice and a request for donations. In the recording, Chenoweth asked Williams to demonstrate his voice. The video showed a disheveled Williams gratefully receiving a donation and in return improvising astonishingly skilled radio station promo. The video concluded with a short interview where Williams elaborated on his education and the problems that led to his homelessness. The video was reposted to YouTube where it received worldwide notoriety.
Immediately following the viral explosion on YouTube, Williams appeared on Today, doing the lead-in voice over, as well as appearing on every national news program. Williams was also hired to be the voice behind Kraft Foods' new TV campaign, which launched on ESPN during the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on January 9.
Williams is currently writing his biography with New York Times bestselling author Bret Witter to be published by Penguin books with a release date of May 2011. He is currently employed as a voice over artist with NECN in Boston and is a sought after speaker on the issue of homelessness. Williams filmed a reality show pilot and is currently in negotiations with major cable networks for the “Ted Williams Last Chance Program."