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Posts Tagged ‘Ted Williams’

TIME Magazine Clotheslines Kris Humphries

It’s that time of year when the weekly news magazines go haywire with Top Ten lists. Over at the healthier TIME end of the publishing spectrum, there are a whopping 54 compilations to choose from.

For FishbowlLA’s money, nothing says “2011” quite like the category of “Top 10 Fleeting Celebrities.” And in a cruel, ironic twist (or as a reflection of good work by the Kardashian publicists), it is not Khloe, Kim or Khourtney who tops this particular Megan Gibson rundown, but rather an innocent NBA bystander:

Short as it was, we’re guessing that the [Kim Kardashian] marriage lasted longer than our memory of Humphries will.

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Expert Assails Dr. Phil Ahead of Episode About Mail Order Brides

There hasn’t been this much off-stage excitement about a Dr. Phil episode since golden-voiced homeless man Ted Williams was unwisely reunited with family members.

Mark Edwards Davis, owner of matchmaking service, was in the audience for the taping of tomorrow’s look at the business of mail order brides. He met his wife Anna four years ago during a Ukraine “romance tour” and says show producers were guilty of pursuing a one-sided agenda:

“My wife and I sat in the audience with more knowledge and experience about this topic than everyone paraded on stage, including the host,” said Davis. “The 60 seconds of airtime we got to defend the truth about overseas dating was even an exception. Sadly, the producer told us before the show they had not planned on having anyone on with a positive story.”

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Talent Agency Lays Out Welcome Mat for ‘Bieber of Bacon’

For us jaded media types, sometimes it takes an outsider’s perspective to truly appreciate the visceral impact of the Hollywood overnight sensation experience.

To wit, Quebec’s English language newspaper The Suburban has a fun piece about the bi-coastal rise of Harley Morenstein (pictured), co-creator of the YouTube smash sensation cooking show Epic Meal Time. The article leads off with a viral-star-to-viral-star moment that bespeaks the Internet flavor of our times:

As Morenstein first walked through the doors of the Gersh talent agency in Los Angeles, he experienced the kind of star-struck moment typical for first-time Tinseltown visitors. In this case, however, Morenstein had not spotted a famous actor or pop music sensation.

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Golden-Voiced Ted Williams Living in an LA Sober House

After nearly imploding in Los Angeles last month, getting arrested for fighting with his daughter, “golden-voiced” Ted Williams is back in LA, living in a sober house for voice actors. Williams was on the CBS Early show this morning to talk about his recent struggles and about his quick exit from a Dr. Phil sponsored rehab stay.

One-Time Bumfights Star is Now a Published Author

Back in 2002, it was a high school student, Ryen McPherson, who roped Rufus Hannah into infamy by having him perform in a series of Bumfights viral videos. Nearly a decade later, it is now Hannah’s turn to speak to high school students about his new book, A Bum Deal, and story of remarkable recovery.

During an appearance last week at Great Oaks High School in Temecula, the 56-year-old San Diego based Hannah proved that the Bumfights scars still run deep. He was joined at the all-day event by patron saint Barry Soper, the Rancho Santa Fe real estate mogul who employs Hannah as a property manager and has helped the once homeless man find his way to sobriety, a college degree, a new wife and baby.

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Accused Bell City Official’s New Gig: Parking Lot Attendant

Man, oh man. If you’re looking for the flip side to the recent mostly-feelgood story of Ted Williams, the Columbus, Ohio homeless man who rocketed to fame via YouTube, we’ve got it for you, courtesy of LA Times city columnist Steve Lopez.

After being tipped that Robert “Ratso” Rizzo, the allegedly crooked Bell city administrator on payroll until recently for $800,000 a year, was spotted working as a parking lot attendant at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach, Lopez cruised down to take a look. Sure enough, per the fantastically framed photo below, it’s him (great work, Don Bartletti!).

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ET Correspondent Not Surprised by Reports of Ted Williams LA Altercation

Filling in this morning as host on Dan Patrick‘s nationally syndicated AM sports talk radio show, Entertainment Tonight correspondent (and former Patrick ESPN cubicle mate) Kevin Frazier (pictured) was in a unique position to comment on a report in the LA Times of an altercation last night at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel involving golden-voiced wonder Ted Williams.

Frazier spent Saturday tagging along with Williams around LA for an ET report. He told radio listeners that it was almost inevitable something like the reported hotel argument between Williams and one of his daughters would happen.

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Daily News Uncovers Story of Ted Williams’ Ex-Wife

Joanna Molloy at the Daily News has a piece on Patricia Kirtley, the ex-wife of media darling Ted Williams, in today’s paper. Kirtley’s tale is one that has been glossed over, but it’s one that should be told if we’re all going to celebrate Williams as much as we have.

23 years ago Williams abandoned Kirtley and their four young daughters when he got caught up in the addictive world of drugs and alcohol. Kirtley, who is partially blind, then raised the girls, and another son Williams had with a different woman, mostly by herself. She tells Molloy that her sisters and mother helped in any way they could, including driving her and her kids places because Kirtley isn’t allowed to drive.

Williams has apparently turned his life around now, and we’re not trying to take anything away from that. But Kirtley’s story is one worth knowing. It reminds FishbowlNY that just because a story is the biggest, it doesn’t mean it’s the best.

New York Radio Veterans Weigh In On Ted Williams Saga

You heard about the incredible story of Ted Williams who has been homeless throughout the last 20 years in Ohio. Williams, a former radio announcer who grew up in Brooklyn, has a second chance waiting for him.

Williams got lost on the wrong track with a combination of drugs and alcohol. This week, as part of the media frenzy, Williams declared that he has been clean and sober for two-and-a-half years.

“Having so many friends and family that have battled addictions, that really popped out at me,” Johnny Sialiano says. “I was really, really happy for him for that.”

Sialiano, known as Goumba Johnny, is a radio veteran who left WKTU in December after 15 years on air.

“He’s now bearing the fruit of all his hard work in beating his addictions. It’s just an unbelievable story,” Sialiano tells FishbowlNY.

(TVNewser has the latest on Williams’ numerous job offers.)

More reactions from notable radio personalities after the jump

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Legendary New York Jock, Inspiration for Homeless Man/Announcer Ted Williams

Undoubtedly, you have seen the viral video of Ted Williams, a homeless man in Columbus, Ohio. Within hours, he became a media sensation.

Williams, for the few who haven’t seen the video or don’t know his story, was standing on the side of the road with the ubiquitous sign. However, this one said he’s a former radio announcer with the gift from God.

Williams, 53, pointed out that he was born and raised in Brooklyn (where his mother still lives). When he was 14, Williams got hooked on radio after visiting a station. In the first video, he didn’t say what station or who he met, only stating that the person didn’t look anything like he had pictured him.

On the Today Show Thursday, Williams said that the broadcasting idol was Hank Spann at WWRL 1600.

Throughout the 1970s, WWRL had a mix of Soul and R&B hits. Spann was at the heart of it as the station’s afternoon jock. Spann died in 2009.

In an interview with the Daily News shortly after Spann’s death, Bobby Jay said of his former WWRL colleague, “It wasn’t a broadcast, it was a performance.  He’d standing up boppin’ along with the music. He dressed the part, too. He was always fly.”

Jay added that among the station’s notable DJs, Spann was the rock star of the group.