Joe Tait was the radio play-by-play announcer and the “Voice of the Cavs” for 39 seasons.
After 39 years, Tait will no longer begin Cavs radio broadcasts with his signature ''Itâs basketball time at The Q!'' (and in previous years 'the Arena', 'the Coliseum' and then 'the Gund').
But was the Cavs gig Joe's dream in high school?
''Joe is an incomparable one-man show. Generations of fans have experienced Cavs basketball as Joe narrates every nuance of action from left to right on their radio dials,'' says Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena President Len Komoroski.
''There is no one that delivers the game call, and color commentary too, like our own Joe Tait.''
Love the "old school" logo!
Tait was the franchise's original play-by-play man in 1970, and except for a brief hiatus from 1981 to 1983, he has been ever since.
Joe Tait and Austin Carr tee it up!
Andre Thornton and Joe. Tait spent time as a TV and radio announcer for the Indians.
He is a member of the Media Hall of Fame (Ohio), Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Cleveland Sports Legends Hall of Fame, Lorain Sports Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame.
Tait was honored with the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission for his career dedication and achievements to advance sports in Cleveland.
Throughout his broadcasting career, he has been honored with a number of awards, including being named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2004.
A few years back, Joe celebrated his 3,000th game as the Cavs announcer. As part of the halftime ceremony, his permanent broadcast location in section C126 was dedicated as the ''Joe Tait Perch.''