It was just one year ago that a homeless and destitute Ted Williams was lifted from the streets of Ohio and shot to overnight fame, courtesy of his amazing, radio-friendly "golden voice" -- and a viral YouTube video.
That video, posted by The Columbus Dispatch, garnered 18 million views and thrust Ted into the spotlight with numerous job offers and makeover opportunities. But instant fame proved to be too intense for Ted, and the recovering addict soon found himself facing his demons in rehab with the help of ET staffers including Supervising Producer Amy Purnell and Senior News Producer Jeffrey Wilson, as well as talk show host Dr. Phil, who counseled Ted and arranged for his rehab.
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Now, one year later, we're with Ted in his spacious new home, where his closet doubles as a recording booth! He's the voice of New England Cable News (NECN), and with his girlfriend Kathy and his sober living coach Eric, Ted is back on track and enjoys the kind of life he threw away with decades of alcohol and drug abuse.
Look for Ted's incredible story to be chronicled in the new book, A Golden Voice: Ted Williams: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation, out May 10 -- and watch our exclusive video of Ted's return to the street corner that made him famous!