US beggar's priceless gift

A homeless man's prized voice brings him a glorious new life for the New Year.


    After a decade of living on the streets of the US state of Ohio, 53-year-old Ted Williams will soon be living in luxury.

    An Ohio newspaper reporter discovered Williams on the street and offered him some cash in exchange for a sound-byte of his strong broadcast voice.

    Since it's debut on YouTube just two days ago, Williams' smooth voice has already grabbed the attention of eight million viewers and numerous job offers.

    His whirlwind of opportunities include a radio contract worth $10,000 and a job as an announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, which offers a house along with his salary.

    Williams went to school to pursue his dreams as a broadcaster, but was left homeless for 10 years after drugs and alcohol pervaded his life.

    The overnight star has been clean for two days now and is thankful for the second chance in life and his his dream job in the studio.

    Al Jazeera's Hazem Sika reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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