Who replaced Joe Tait as the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavalier? That question now has an answer with the Cleveland Cavaliers announcing that John Michael has been named the radio voice of the Cavaliers, replacing the Legend and Hall of Famer who was with the team from their inception in 1970.
"We feel great about our new radio broadcast team and having John, Jim and Mike (Snyder) deliver the best radio listening experience possible for our fans,''Cavaliers President Len Komoroski said in a team news release. "John is a great play-by-play announcer that we feel is the perfect style and fit for the future of our game broadcasts. Jim brings a very credible and deep level of understanding and insight to the game, our team and the league, and Mike is simply the best studio host in the business," "This trio will complement and support each other's contributions to our radio broadcast experience in a new, exciting way as we now enter a new era of Cavs radio."
Michael is no stranger to those down at Quicken Loans Arena. He was the radio voice of the Lake Erie Monsters for two seasons before becoming a sideline reporter for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Michael will remain with the Jackets until the NBA Lockout ends - if it ends.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be back in Cleveland, while also being humbled to be selected for this tremendous opportunity," Michael said in a statement. "I will work extremely hard to help carry on the tradition of radio excellence with the Cavaliers. Of course, Joe Tait can never be replaced or replicated. He's a Hall of Famer that many of us in the broadcasting community will always consider the best that ever was," said Michael. "With that in mind, our focus as a new broadcast team will simply be to do everything we possibly can to enhance our fans' enjoyment of the game. Our fans will always be the focus of what we are doing and why we're doing it."
Best of luck to Michael who has big shoes...err..sweater to fill.