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Posts Tagged ‘Ted Williams’

Sweeps Stunts: ‘Today’ Bringing Back Homeless Man With Golden Voice, ‘GMA’ Goes Tightrope Walking

Ah, May Sweeps, when the network morning shows go all out with field segments and special guests. On NBC’s “Today” this morning, it was announced that the show would be bringing back Ted Williams, AKA the “homeless man with the golden voice” for an exclusive interview next week. Williams was flooded with job offers (including a voiceover gig with MSNBC) but has since fallen off the radar, and reportedly into rehab.

Meanwhile, on “Good Morning America,” it was revealed that ABC will have a Summer stunt special in June, which will see daredevil Nik Wallenda attempt to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls. ABC will televise the walk live on Friday, June 15, as part of a three-hour primetime special on dangerous stunts.

Speaking of dangerous stunts, CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy learned about the ridiculous sport called “Highlining,” and learned how to do it himself.

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Al Sharpton, MSNBC Catch the ‘Linsanity’

MSNBC has produced a very special “Lean Forward” ad featuring “PoliticsNation” host Al Sharpton. The ad features Sharpton talking about something that is bringing America together:

“Americans have hope again, there is real change in the air!” Sharpton exclaims.

Of course, he is referring to new York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who has been taking the basketball world by storm. Now MSNBC is ready to “Lin Forward.”

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This isn’t the first time MSNBC has taken advantage of someone that was hot and turned them into a “Lean Forward” ad. Last year MSNBC hired Ted Williams, the homeless man “with a golden voice” to do voiceover work on the ad campaign.

Westwood One Renews Radio Deal With NCAA

Westwood One and the NCAA announced a new multi-year agreement for the radio network to continue as the exclusive home of the NCAA Championships.

As part of the deal, Westwood One will continue to broadcast the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship including the Men’s Final Four the Division II Men’s Basketball Championship, the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship regional finals as well as Women’s Final Four, the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship semifinals and championship; and the Men’s College World Series. Read more

Ted Williams Reunites with Mom, Talks to Network Morning Shows

After a two-day network booking battle, the reunion between Ted Williams, “the man with the golden voice” and his mother, Julia Williams, finally took place Thursday afternoon. After 20 years apart Williams was reunited with his 92-year-old mother, with network cameras in tow.

Page Six has more details about the reunion which could have occurred two days ago, if not for aggressive booking practices by network producers. As TVNewser first reported yesterday, CBS News had brought Julia Williams to LaGuardia Airport Wednesday afternoon, where her son was arriving from Columbus, OH. But NBC producers whisked him away before the reunion could happen. “We had to tell the mother she wouldn’t be reunited with her son,” a CBS source told Page Six. An NBC rep responded, “That’s false. We didn’t know his mom was at the airport.”

But it’s water under the bridge now. After the reunion yesterday, Williams and his mother went on all three broadcast shows this morning in the 7:30am half hour: “The Early Show,” pre-taped around 6am, “Today,” pre-taped after that, and then mother and son headed to ABC’s Times Square studios for a live appearance on “Good Morning America.”

The reunion stories and interviews from all three shows, after the jump…

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Introducing…The New Voice of Lean Forward

After the booking wars this morning (and yesterday morning), one network gave a “golden-voiced homeless man” an offer he could not refuse — a job.

MSNBC announced today that Ted Williams is recording voice-overs for its “Lean Forward” campaign. The network says Williams’ ability to overcome his many struggles is the very thing that the campaign embodies.

Williams will be a guest on “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell” tonight at 10pmET, and will appear later on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Maybe he’ll move into 30 Rock?

  • The video that started it all, and MSNBC’s official press release, after the jump…

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Booking Wars: Morning Shows Fight Over Ted Williams and his 90-year-old Mother

A few days ago, Ted Williams was a homeless man living in Columbus, OH. This morning, he was the subject of a network news booking battle.

Williams the so-called “man with the golden voice” was flown to New York, on NBC’s dime, for multiple appearance on this morning’s “Today” show. Network rivals have been chasing his story as well.

Ted Williams’ down-on-his-luck tale was first captured by a reporter from The Columbus Dispatch, who, with his small video camera showed the panhandler’s rich baritone voice. The video soon went viral, with the original YouTube clip having been viewed more than 11.7 million times.

Williams appeared exclusively on CBS’ “The Early Show” Wednesday, from Columbus, which was day one of the network booking battle. Late yesterday, Williams flew to New York with multiple interviews on the four-hour “Today” show planned. NBC also hoped to arrange an emotional reunion with his 90-year-old mother Julia, who Ted Williams hadn’t seen in 10 years.

But it didn’t work out that way.

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Morning Shows Jockey over Panhandler with the Golden Voice

Another viral video has made it to the mainstream media.

TVSpy has the video of Ted Williams, a down-on-his luck man from Columbus, OH who has been using his God-given gift — his voice — to earn money on the side of the road. Not long after the video hit the internet, TV networks began making calls trying to reel in an exclusive interview with him.

Crews from both CBS’ “The Early Show” and NBC’s “Today” show were waiting to interview Williams at radio station WNCI in Columbus, where Williams also did an interview this morning. TVNewser has learned negotiations between producers and Williams’ representative went into the night and in the end “The Early Show” got the first interview.

But that doesn’t mean NBC News has given up…

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