Joe Tait Wiki
Joseph Tait is an American retired sports broadcaster, who called the radio play by play for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA and both TV and radio for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. With the exception of two seasons in the early 1980s and illness during his final season, he was the Cavaliers’ radio announcer from the team’s inception in 1970 through the 2010-11 season. He won the Basketball Hall of Fame 2010 Curt Gowdy Media Award.
Joe Tait Biography
Tait was born in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Monmouth College in western Illinois, where he began his radio career. He did various jobs, including play-by-play on a local radio station in Monmouth (WRAM), sports reports, and operations manager. He graduated in 1959. After college, Tait spent three years in the United States Army Security Agency. After the Army, Tait bounced around, spending time in Decatur, Illinois. From 1966 to 1968 he was the official voice of the Ohio Bobcats, served as sports director for WOUB, and taught sportscasting at the Athens institution.
Joe Tait Age
Tait was born on May 15, 1937, in Evanston, Illinois, United States.
Joe Tait Family
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Joe Tait Wife
He was married to his first wife for 18 years since 1963, had three children then later on in 1983 he married Jean, his current wife.
Joe Tait Children
He has three children from his first marriage,Christina, Karen and Joe.
Joe Tait Height
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Joe Tait Salary
Joe’s salary is estimated to be between $10k to $50k per year.
Joe Tait Net Worth
Tait’s estimated net worth in 2019 is $1ooK-1M approximately. His previous year’s net worth is under review and his primary income source is a sportscaster.
Joe Tait Cavs
Tait’s first game for the Cavs was in 1970 when the franchise was born. Other than missing two seasons during the Ted Stepien Era, Tait called the Cavs games through 2011. But after he retired, he lost interest in the NBA. He spent a lot of time as a caretaker for his wife, Jean, who has battled several health issues.
Tait is also a close friend. We wrote a book together a few years ago called It’s Been A Real Ball. We often talk about the Cavs. He was interested in how LeBron James has grown as a player and person since returning to the Cavs in the summer of 2014.
Tait had noticed the difference when seeing James interviewed on television. In his four decades calling the Cavs games, the only season they reached The Finals was 2007. They were swept by San Antonio.
It was a tight game. The score was tied for nearly four minutes at 89-89 until Kyrie Irving swished a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left. The Cavs ended up winning, 93-89.
Joe Tait Book
An easy, fun book to read and will surely bring back good memories for Cleveland sports fans who listened to Tait’s trademark calls since 1970.
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 Cavaliers.” But to fans, Joe was also “one of us.” Cavs basketball, Indians baseball, or Mount Union football, he made the game come alive and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind―even when it might get him in trouble with the coach or the owner.
In high school, Joe loved sports but wasn’t always good enough to make the team. Then he discovered play-by-play announcing. Combining two passions, he began to carefully build a broadcasting career that would eventually touch the lives of countless other sports fans.
Pluto weaves a roughly chronological narrative that hits the highlights of a long career. It also uncovers some touching personal details. For example, one chapter describes how Joe’s father, a stern man with a deep-rooted distrust of black people, came to become good friends with Cavaliers center Nate Thurmond, to Joe’s surprise and delight.
With fans, Joe was often more popular than the players on the court―, especially during the Cavs’ dimmer days. When notoriously incompetent team owner Ted Stepien fired Joe in the 1980s, fans protested and staged a rally in his honor. When new owner Gordon Gund took over the team, the first thing did was hire Joe back. “He is the franchise,” Gund said. “To have a basketball team in Cleveland, you have to have Joe Tait.”
Joe Tait Signature Calls
- “It’s basketball time at the Cleveland Arena/Coliseum/Gund/Q!” – opening for Cavs home games
- “Wham with a right/left hand!” – for a Cavs slam dunk.
- “To the line, to the lane…” – when a Cavs player drives the lane for a basket
- “3-ball” – a three-point shot
- “Sights it, shoots it, got it.” – for free throw attempts
- “This is Joe Tait. Have a good night everybody!” – what he ended every broadcast with
- “It’s a beautiful day/night for baseball!” – what he started every baseball game with
Joe Tait Awards and Honors
- Eight-time NSSA Ohio Sportscaster of the Year (1974, 1976, 1978, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003)
- Cleveland Association of Broadcaster Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 1997)
- Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 1992)
- Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 2004)
- 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award
- 2012 OAC Bill Nichols Media Award
- Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 2003)
- Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame Inductee (class of 2005)
- “Voice of the Cavaliers” banner honoring his Cavs career included with the Cavaliers’ retired numbers at
- Quicken Loans Arena
- Radio announcers booth at Quicken Loans Arena renamed “The Joe Tait Perch”
Joe Tait Calls