'Golden voice' goes from homeless to radio station where it all started


(WSYX/WTTE) -- Radio personality Ted Williams' roller coaster path has come full circle.

The man with the "golden voice" recently returned to WVKO-AM in Columbus, the same station where he began his radio career in the 1980s. The station, which is currently a Top 30 Gospel radio platform, was an R&B/soul station when Williams started as an overnight disc jockey.

Williams wound up homeless as he struggled with drug and alcohol addictions for the better part of two decades before he was rediscovered in 2011 with an online post of him holding a cardboard sign and improvising a radio promo.

The 58-year-old started his transition back to radio in 2014 at WWGH-TV in Marion, 50 miles north of Columbus. His role progressively grew into a weekly show.

The majority of Williams' work over the last five years has been doing voice overs for the likes of Pepsi, Kraft, MSNBC, New England Cable News, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Williams also had a brief presidential campaign in 2015 when he announced he was joining the field for the Democratic Party's nomination in June.

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