Homeless Man In Columbus Has A Golden Radio Voice
Using Storify to keep track of updates about a local homeless man whose story went viral this week. Updates are roughly chronological (newest information is at the bottom).
- The story begins with a video shot about six weeks ago by Columbus Dispatch videographer Doral Chenoweth (now updated multiple times). In the video, a local panhandler named Ted Williams is found to have the gift of a "Golden Radio Voice".The Dispatch originally posted the video on their website on Monday, January 3.
- Later that day, an anonymous user posted the video to YouTube. As of about 10 am on Tuesday, January 4, this video had about 300 views. Now, about a day later, it had over 6 million views.UPDATE (noon, 1/7): The video had over 11 million views before being removed by YouTube after the Dispatch filed a copyright claim.(I'm leaving the original video link here to preserve its spot in the original timeline of events. Other users have, of course, already begun to re-post the video on YouTube)
- The Hudson St. exit on I-71 where Williams was approached by Dispatch videographer Doral Chenoweth (google maps).
- Around 10:30 am I started to see a lot of tweets and facebook updates from friends locally. I later posted it myself.
- And several friends retweeted it.
- A conversation thread starts on Reddit. As of 1:30 pm on Jan. 5, a number of members of the Reddit community have offered their help in one form or another.
- A little after noon on Tuesday, the video hit Gawker.
- and eventually CNN.
- By mid-afternoon, local radio station WNCI invites him to be on their morning show.
- Late Tuesday night, Roger Ebert posts this video on his blog and also tweets it.
- On Wednesday morning, Ted Williams is on the CBS Early Show.
- And then appears on local radio station WNCI's morning show, receiving a number of offers for help. (skip to 4:35)
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