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Homeless Man With "Golden-Voice" Gets A Chance  
User currently offlinefuturepilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 3755 times:

This is an absolutely heart warming story:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40916364/ns/us_news-wonderful_world/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTysXITBCmk&feature=player_embedded

I hope he excels at his second chance at life!


"The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all."
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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 3735 times:

Great story. Glad to hear he was able to score a fantastic gig like this. I hope his radio spot is on an XM radio broadcast because I hear that terrestrial radio is on the way out. Hate to see him back on the streets again.


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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2445 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3666 times:

I think this is fantastic news!! I first saw the video on another website and you could tell that even poeple that would have negative comments to say were pleading / hoping that someone would cut this guy a break. Looks like something good will happen for this man. I wish him the best of luck.

Make us proud Mr. Williams!



Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!
User currently offlinehka098 From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3657 times:

Wow! Good news, for a change...

User currently offlinecasinterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4636 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3643 times:

He definately has a voice for Radio. Hopefully he has put hir personal demons to rest.


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User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3635 times:

I hope he does well. His voice reminds me of the guy on Wayne's Wolrd 2, that kept going ahha, ahha, ahha...........

User currently offlineInbound From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Sep 2001, 851 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

Imagine that voice as your captain speaking hehe....

Great story. Good luck with your second chance at life, Mr. Williams.



Maintain own separation with terrain!
User currently offlineairportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

Very gracious fellow...I've watched the video 3 times and I am glad something like this came to light.


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User currently offlineluv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12113 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3409 times:
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I wish him the best as this is happening in my state of Ohio. Although I hope he does some good for all the other homeless people still on the street.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3376 times:

I was speechless when I first saw the video. Amazing stuff. I was very happy when I saw he received a job.

Best of luck to him and hopefully he can continue to keep clean!



Go big or go home
User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3365 times:

Nice ....But hopefully he can use his gift and this opportunity to make great things for himself. He has a huge opportunity now I hope he makes the best of it and kicks his demons.


NWA THE TRUE EVIL EMPIRE
User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1557 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

Quoting futurepilot16 (Thread starter):

This is bull$%^&. I went to school for 5 years to get into that field, and this guy just eases his way in. Hell. If I knew that all I needed to do was live on the streets and be stoned off my ass half the time, I'd have done that. How dare this man get a job in the broadcasting field ahead of better, more qualified individuals like myself - who I might add, can pass drug tests, and don't have police records.

Marc

[Edited 2011-01-06 18:14:53]

User currently offlinefuturepilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3353 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):

This is bull$%^&. I went to school for 5 years to get into that field, and this guy just eases his way in. Hell. If I knew that all I needed to do was live on the streets and be stoned off my ass half the time, I'd have done that. How dare this man get a job in the broadcasting field ahead of better, more qualified individuals like myself - who I might add, can pass drug tests, and don't have police records.

Umm, he went to school for it as well, take the time out to actually READ the story before you comment. Bitter much???  



"The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all."
User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):
This is bull$%^&. I went to school for 5 years to get into that field, and this guy just eases his way in. Hell. If I knew that all I needed to do was live on the streets and be stoned off my ass half the time, I'd have done that. How dare this man get a job in the broadcasting field ahead of better, more qualified individuals like myself - who I might add, can pass drug tests, and don't have police records.

Marc

I really hope you are kidding, but I don't think you are...

The guy clearly has a gift, as to why you think that is BS is beyond me. What exactly makes you more qualified than him? That you don't have a police record? That because you went to school somehow makes you more likely to excel at talking on the radio? Please explain that logic...

Get a clue regarding how the real world works, and then preach to us from your soapbox.

[Edited 2011-01-06 18:24:06]


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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1557 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 13):

I really hope you are kidding, but I don't think you are...

I am not kidding. I have had 5 years of journalistic training, including 5 years on radio. I have interned at one of the largest news outlets on the planet, and yet cannot find a job.


Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 13):
That because you went to school somehow makes you more likely to excel at talking on the radio?

I have experience, knowledge, training, and a degree. All this guy has are the trackmarks on his arm from shooting up for so long.


User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1557 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

Quoting futurepilot16 (Reply 12):
Umm, he went to school for it as well, take the time out to actually READ the story before you comment. Bitter much???

He went to school for voice training. That doesn't necessairily mean college.


User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3323 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 14):
I have experience, knowledge, training, and a degree. All this guy has are the trackmarks on his arm from shooting up for so long.

I think you are forgetting one thing, he has an incredible voice for radio. Seriously, do people care about the degrees a radio personality has hanging on his wall, or how good they sound on the radio? What got this guy the attention? His Voice! Would the story have been as great, if he were a Harvard Grad, with a normal voice?
Life is tough for everyone, but just because someone catches a break and you don't, you don't have to bash them for it. This guy fell down the drain and lost everything, and dug himself out of a hole, most people don't even try. Life is not about how many times you get knocked down, it is about how many times you get back up. I hope this guy embraces this second chance, and I just hope the media is not waiting for him to fall back on his face.
Stay Safe!


User currently offlinescrubbsywg From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3300 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):

This is bull$%^&. I went to school for 5 years to get into that field, and this guy just eases his way in. Hell. If I knew that all I needed to do was live on the streets and be stoned off my ass half the time, I'd have done that. How dare this man get a job in the broadcasting field ahead of better, more qualified individuals like myself - who I might add, can pass drug tests, and don't have police records.

This man is going to be using his voice to do work, not necessarily any other skills. Did you get your university degree because you wanted to have a career in radio because of your voice? Do you want to do voiceovers? This guy is getting these gigs because of his voice and that alone. If your voice is as good as this guys, then you have a case.

Besides, getting any entry level type jobs is rarely about experience/education alone, no matter what the field. I've beat out "better, more qualified"(which is a term relative to who is saying it) candidates for jobs(some who were friends of mine); I didn't have the better marks or even the most relevant experience. Things like interview skills, ability to learn, and the ability to give a good first impression often help a lot.


User currently offlinefuturepilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 15):
He went to school for voice training. That doesn't necessairily mean college.

Kobe Bryant didn't go to college for Basketball, but yet he's the best player in the world, same for LeBron. Should all the thousands of college basketball players who don't make it into the NBA be upset at those who didn't go to college? Just consider him a 50 something year old Kobe Bryant of radio



"The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all."
User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3290 times:

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 16):

        


I would also love to hear his voice over the PA Big grin

[Edited 2011-01-06 19:55:28]


It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3280 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 14):
I am not kidding. I have had 5 years of journalistic training, including 5 years on radio. I have interned at one of the largest news outlets on the planet, and yet cannot find a job.

Have you got a roof over your head and food on your plate? Then you're doing better than this guy was. Your whining is out of place.



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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1557 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 20):
Have you got a roof over your head and food on your plate? Then you're doing better than this guy was. Your whining is out of place.

I'm out of place? I graduated almost 2 years ago. I've sent out well in excess of 1000 resumes to TV and radio stations all across the country...from Maine to California. Hell, I can't even get a job at Walmart, Wawa, Target, Best Buy, etc. because I'm "overqualified." This guy has a sob story and gets a job? I have a sob story too. It's not as bad as his, but it's pretty bad.

Bitter at this guy? You bet I am.

I am bitter at ANYONE middle aged or older who lost their job, and got another one, while a VERY low percentage of recent college grads can even find a job.

Marc


User currently offlinestratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3250 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 21):
I'm out of place? I graduated almost 2 years ago. I've sent out well in excess of 1000 resumes to TV and radio stations all across the country...from Maine to California. Hell, I can't even get a job at Walmart, Wawa, Target, Best Buy, etc. because I'm "overqualified." This guy has a sob story and gets a job? I have a sob story too. It's not as bad as his, but it's pretty bad.

Bitter at this guy? You bet I am.

I am bitter at ANYONE middle aged or older who lost their job, and got another one, while a VERY low percentage of recent college grads can even find a job.

WOAH? Dude you are all of what 25 at the most according to your profile. Get used to being stomped on early in life. If you are this angry this early in your career you are in for a rough ride. Life is what you make it...Yeah this drunk homeless dude was found and overnight is a sensation and got a job. Not much different from your Michael Vicks who are total scumbags to society but have a talent and can make a fortune. But this guy is not like Vick in the fact that he never did anything vile like Vick did. Just saying life is anything but fair. You are still young and will find your place in society. I learned long ago I had to let go of that anger of what I thought I deserved. I still have plenty of anger as I got older just put it in a different place...



NWA THE TRUE EVIL EMPIRE
User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

Cadet,

While I can't necessarily understand your frustrations (having worked my way up the ladder from a job I got the year prior to graduating college), your original post stunk of elitism.

In particular:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):
I went to school for 5 years to get into that field
Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):
How dare
Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 11):
better, more qualified individuals like myself

The only time I hear the "how dare you" line is from folks who don't initially get their way. I come from a state where that is a politician's favorite line, along with "don't you know who I am?!".

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 14):
I have experience, knowledge, training, and a degree

That will all count for something when, at least in the US, budgets stop being slashed left and right. Until then, you are already at a disadvantage, behind those who have FAR more experience than you and are also on the job hunt.

What this guy has, which to listeners like myself is somewhat important, is a voice I wouldn't mind listening to on the way home.

Hang in there...



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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2445 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

I think somebody needs a hug.

Like the song says, sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Just because you went through all the work and training does not mean you are entitled to anything. This guy has a major advantage - his voice. And IMO, he also has a much better attitude.



Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!
25 futurepilot16 : Tough luck. Try another profession maybe Couldn't have said it better.
26 Mudboy : I always say, as bad as you think you have it, somebody has it way worse, and would probably give anything to have it as bad as you!
27 Post contains links einsteinboricua : Ted Williams has been hired by MSNBC to do voice overs. http://tedwilliamsblog.com/2011/01/ted-williams-hired-by-msnbc/ Well, I can tell you one thing
28 ronglimeng : I wish the best for this guy but... right now it seems he has caught a lucky break and it is unclear whether he has really been able to throw off any
29 Slider : Sorry Cadet, whilst I feel for your immediate challenges, I’m not buying. Look, I do think that more is being made of this than probably should be o
30 Post contains links and images Aaron747 : Did God speak to you personally about American exceptionalism? What an utterly illogical statement of American exceptionalism. Let's take the case of
31 bmacleod : One great story coming out of the great recession. Looking at a distance, you'd think he was directly related to President Obama. He has Obama's eyes
32 N6238P : I'm going to go against the grain here and say I'm not buying the feel good part about this story. This man is turning into the Michael Vick of broadc
33 Aaron747 : I understand where you're coming from, but it's important to remember that clinically, drug addiction begins with a choice, but evolves into a diseas
34 Zentraedi : Wait, what? So, you want him to stay homeless, sit, and mull about what a bad boy he's been? Why can't you just be happy that someone is getting on w
35 futurepilot16 : I'm really glad people who have this kind of opinion really doesn't have the final say in this country. People make mistakes, especially with addicti
36 PC12Fan : Some - not all, actually do better their lives. To dismiss them all in a blink of an eye is a bit close minded. I agree with you with dealing with th
37 N6238P : Really? Because he's been sober for 2 years he claims and he has arrests for various offenses between now and then. Real honest guy we got here. I kn
38 BAKJet : Ummm, he dug himself into that very same hole. I agree. Does anyone (except him) really know his background, except what he has told us? He could hav
39 Zentraedi : So...therefore he's not allowed to move on with his life? Seriously, what do you think he should do? Crawl into a hole and die? Sounds petty and spit
40 N6238P : How is anything that is happening to this man normal? I think it is ridiculous the attention he's getting and the absolute blind job offers from major
41 PC12Fan : There is one major factor that makes it different from the rest - the voice. It's being supplemented by the "appearance" that this guy truly is genuin
42 Maverick623 : For someone who supposedly went to college for this, you know jack shit about the entertainment industry. They don't give a damn which dean signed wh
43 Mortyman : Oh, please. I'm not sure I should laugh or cry about this statement. You can't be serious ![Edited 2011-01-07 17:24:44]
44 D L X : Well, you should march your way right up to the nearest radio station and tell them that you are entitled to a job. However, brace yourself when you
45 Cadet985 : You're right. I know jack shit about the entertainment industry. That's because the entertainment industry is a bunch of bull. I studied JOURNALISM a
46 D L X : Then you're not even in competition with this guy! Why are you so sour to him?
47 Post contains images einsteinboricua : Isn't that what we all do? Don't we support the countless of singers and actors that fall into drugs and then come back?...it's quite simple: these p
48 Mudboy : So when you fall down a hole, you expect everyone to just stay there right? Are we just to walk past those that make mistakes because we are so speci
49 BAKJet : Ok, let me say, I think this story is great and if he can keep it up, then awsome for him. But, I just feel like people are totally ignoring the fact
50 N6238P : Everytime it seems I look up I find out more and more about this guy. This time its that he has 9 kids. Were these kids all from the same mother? Who
51 BMI727 : Williams is just lucky that he is good enough at something to earn a second chance and have his mistakes not hurt him. Just like Michael Vick, etc. T
52 stratosphere : No WAY! Do not even compare this dude to Michael Vick. True this guy had alcohol and maybe drug problems do not compare him to Vick. What Vick did wa
53 D L X : ?????? Dog fighting is a rural thing. And it is hardly a black thing. Not sure why you injected that into the conversation.
54 N6238P : Not to dig up a dead thread but now that Ted Williams has checked himself into rehab due to a relapse, how does everyone feel?
55 BMI727 : A haircut and a new suit of clothes does not get one over their personal demons. As nice a story as it was to see a homeless man seemingly make good,
56 D L X : I STILL wish him the best! What I don't understand are the people rooting for his failure.
57 NIKV69 : This is all cause and effect of the 24/7 news and media cycle. Remember that all of it happens much faster than normal life and many (mostly MSNBC) r
58 Post contains images einsteinboricua : Should I feel something? Yes, I do feel something. Pity, pity that he is still trying to overcome problems, but at the same time, I am glad that he i
59 BMI727 : Of course there are guys with great voices who weren't detained by police and haven't had problems with drug abuse and alcoholism.
60 PC12Fan : Sadly, that's human nature for a lot of poeple.
61 NIKV69 : Point them out for me, this guy's voice is kick ass and pretty unique.
62 BMI727 : Listen to the radio a bit. You'll hear them.
63 N6238P : This is my major issue with this story. How did throwing money at this guy to read lines help him in anyway? It has now come out that he lied about hi
64 D L X : Nobody's "throwing money at this guy." They're paying for his services. Don't make it sound like it's charity. where did you read that? Your post sou
65 Post contains links N6238P : http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/41020648/ns/today-today_people/ I'm rooting against him because he doesn't deserve the praise he's getting. He is a prod
66 D L X : Well, that's petty! what praise? Are you talking about how people have recognized his talent? It's like, you might not like Michael Vick for his past
67 N6238P : Well the way I look at his talent, fantastic but he has bigger fish to fry. I kinda feel for Cadet985 on his issue too. Ted Williams just sort of back
68 Maverick623 : Frankly, it's irrelevant whether you like someone or not. To actively root against anybody is just low, and I hope karma comes back at you with a ven
69 D L X : Again, where do you get that he lied?
70 N6238P : Did you read the link I posted? His original video that made him famous he say "2 years clean." His family says he's always been drinking. I want Ted
71 Maverick623 : C'mon, you honestly don't think people bought that for a second? And you don't honestly think he's going to change his habits and kick his demons ove
72 N6238P : What do you know about me? This is my new signature. I love everything about this quote.
73 D L X : the family that hadn't seen him in over 2 years?
74 einsteinboricua : Good thing I'm not religious or otherwise you'd be getting a pretty long speech about what you're doing. When will you let this go? The guy has talen
75 Post contains images Maverick623 : Oh, the irony. Like I said; karma. You're being very jealous and petty about this, and instead of offering words of support, you condemn him to an et
76 JakeOrion : Guy off the street gets a break to make a better living for himself, he's damned. Had this not been made public by the media, he most likely would sti
77 N6238P : I said that? I said I want him to remain homeless and remain a drug user? I must have deleted that post because I don't remember ever saying anything
78 D L X : no one said you don't have a right to state your opinion. But others have an equal right to criticize it too.
79 Post contains images Superfly : Makes no sense to me either. I wish him all the best. Agreed! Agreed. There are a lot of people that are held in high regard that have personal demon
80 Post contains images PC12Fan : Well, you have been rather self descriptive in this thread.
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