BREAKING: Joe Tait to Return as Voice of the Cavs this March 27th
March 26, 2011
Very good news for Cleveland Cavaliers fans that have had to deal with much change and turmoil this season:
Joe Tait will be making his return to calling home games for the Cavs this Sunday, March 25, against the Atlanta Hawks – his first official game for the team since being sidelined on October 11 for pneumonia… that eventually resulted in a successful cardiac surgery and rehabilitation which took him out of service for the rest of 2010.
Of course, Tait’s iconic sign-on of “It’s basketball time at the Q!” will air over WTAM/1100 and the entire Cavaliers Radio Network.
But Tait’s return only applies – for now – to the remaining home games on the Cavaliers’ roster this season. Tait’s stand-ins for this season (and for all intents and purposes, his heir apparents) Mike Snyder and Jim Chones, will call the remaining six road games.
Tait’s recovery comes right at the near-twilight of the 2010-2011 season, which was originally slated to be his final one with the team even before these medical setbacks occurred.
FOX Sports Ohio is also set to honor Tait with Have A Good Night, Everybody! an hour-long special honoring Tait’s non-consecutive 39-year tenure as the Cavaliers’ main play-by-play voice on both radio and television. Among the people that will pay tribute: Bill Fitch (who strongly recommended Tait to the team’s original owner, Nick Mileti), Mike Fratello, Mark Price, Jim Chones, Campy Russell, Danny Ferry and Wayne Embry.
The FSOhio special will premiere following the conclusion of the final game of the Cavaliers season – an April 13 home game with the Washington Wizards – that will also be Tait’s final game ever as an announcer.