About Joe Tait

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Joe Tait, author of Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball

Joe Tait

Joe Tait was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 after 40 years on the air as one of the most popular and respected play-by-play announcers in all of sports.

Best known as the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was the radio play by play announcer for the Cavs from the team's first year, 1970, until his retirement in 2011--except for two seasons: 1980–81 and 1981–82.

He also did play-by-play for the Cleveland Indians for 15 seasons--on radio from 1973 to 1979 (with Herb Score), and on television from 1980 to 1987. And he broadcast games for the Cleveland Rockers (WNBA basketball), Cleveland Crusaders (WHL hockey), Mount Union College football, and other teams.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, he graduated from Monmouth College in western Illinois, where he got his start in broadcasting doing play-by-play and sports reports for college radio station WRAM.

After his service in the United States Army Security Agency, he began building his radio career with jobs at several midwestern stations.

Bill Fitch, who became the first coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, recommended that Tait be hired as the team's radio broadcaster. Tait quickly built a loyal following among Cleveland basketball fans thanks to his enthusiastic and vivid descriptions of the on-court action--despite the fact that the Cavaliers didn't play a lot of good basketball in those early years.

After a dispute with notorious team owner Ted Stepien, Tait left the Cavaliers in 1980. He became the radio announcer for the New Jersey Nets for the 1980-1981 season and cable TV play-by-play announcer for Chicago Bulls games for the 1982–1982 season.

Tait was quickly rehired as the radio voice of the Cavaliers when new owner Gordon Gund bought the team in 1982. He announced Cavs games for the next 29 years.

His 3,000th game for the Cavaliers was March 26, 2008 in Quicken Loan Arena, where the radio broadcast location was officially named The Joe Tait Perch. His final Cavaliers broadcast was on April 13, 2011.

Books by Joe Tait

Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball by Terry Pluto
Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball
Stories from a Hall-of-Fame Sports Broadcasting Career
by Terry Pluto | Joe Tait

Joe Tait is like a family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players.

He was “ the Voice of the Cleveland Cav . . . [Read More]

Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball by Terry Pluto
Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball
It's Been a Real Ball
by Terry Pluto | Joe Tait

Joe Tait is like a family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players.

He was “ the Voice of the Cleveland Cav . . . [Read More]

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