On Friday night, the Wine and Gold will celebrate “Joe Tait Appreciation Night” – honoring the legendary broadcaster and the “Voice of the Cavaliers.”
Before the Cavaliers matchup with the Bulls tips off, the great Tait will be immortalized when a banner commemorating the Hall of Famer’s prolific 39-year run is raised to the rafters – joining the organization’s all-time greats.
Along with calling Cavalier games for nearly four decades, Tait has been the voice of the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers, Cleveland Crusaders hockey and was the TV voice of the Indians for 16 seasons. For the past 21 years, he’s been the voice of Mount Union football, one of the most dominant Division III programs in college athletics.
Prior to the 2010-11 season, Joe announced that he would retire at the campaign’s conclusion, but was sidelined in October with health problems. After undergoing successful cardiac surgery and rehabilitation, he made his eagerly-anticipated return on March 27 as the Cavaliers took on Atlanta.
On Friday’s Appreciation Night at The Q, video vignettes featuring Tait highlights and well wishes from friends, colleagues and fans will run throughout the evening. (And for more, don’t miss the premiere of “Have a Good Night Everybody” on Fox Sports Ohio after the Cavaliers-Wizards postgame show on Wednesday night.)
Through 39 years of winning, losing, change and upheaval, Joe Tait has been a constant in the Cavaliers ever-changing universe.