Wikimedia Commons/GCSC/CC BY 2.0
Wikimedia Commons/GCSC/CC BY 2.0

Voice of Cleveland Cavaliers Joe Tait Dies at 83 & Is Mourned by LeBron James & Steve Kerr

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 11, 2021
10:00 A.M.

The man who was the Cleveland Cavaliers' voice, Joe Tait, sadly passed away this week. Famous basketball players like LeBron James mourned the sports broadcaster’s death.


On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Joe Tait died at the age of 83. The longtime sports broadcaster for the Cleveland Cavaliers had gone into hospice care recently after a long battle with liver cancer and kidney disease.

Tait had worked as the Cavaliers’ voice broadcaster for over 40 years. The basketball team mourned his death on Twitter, calling him the franchise's longtime and original voice.

Joe Tait on his Appreciation Night during a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 8, 2011, in Cleveland, Ohio | Photo: David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images

Joe Tait on his Appreciation Night during a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 8, 2011, in Cleveland, Ohio | Photo: David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images

The team also described him as one of its founding fathers. In a statement on their website, the Cavaliers noted how Tait had been a mentor and a friend to many people throughout the years.

The team also shared how the late broadcaster wasn’t just a member of their family but also a part of their history. It recalled how unique the late star’s voice had been and that he’d given honest perspectives.


The Cavaliers concluded their statement by noting how Tait would be missed dearly. The sportscaster began his long-term career with the Cavaliers when the team was created in 1970.

He ended up retiring from his work in 2011 after he’d called over three thousand basketball games. During his final season, the National Basketball Association (NBA) honored him with a commemorative banner.


The Cavaliers' voice had his banner hung up in the rafters of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse alongside some of the team’s retired jersey numbers. He'd stuck with his team through good and bad times.

In 2019, Tim Alcorn, Joe Tait’s protégée was made the Cavaliers radio voice.

The late star did television and radio play-by-play for 16 seasons for the Cleveland Indians. He also got to call games for some teams on the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).


These included the Cleveland Rockers, but besides basketball, he also did work for Mount Union football and the Cleveland Crusaders hockey. He’s been on a long journey with the Cavaliers.

In 2007, Tait was there when Lebron James led the Cavaliers to the “NBA” finals for its first appearance. James was one of the stars who paid tribute to the late broadcaster with a post on Twitter, saying:

“Rest In Paradise my friend!! You’ll be extremely missed here!...”


Tait also got honored by Steve Kerr, who wrote on Twitter: “RIP Joe Tait, Cleveland legend and kind, funny soul.” Echoing James’ last words to the late television personality, Kerr added:

“You will be missed.”

After his retirement, the sportscaster faded away from the public eye, but he still listened to and watched the Indians and Cavaliers play. He also started focusing on his passion for trains and music.

In 2019, Tim Alcorn, his protégée, was made the Cavaliers radio voice. Tait is survived by his wife Jean, their 3 children, and several grandchildren, while funeral arrangements haven’t been announced yet.

Related posts

My Husband Cheated On Me, Then His Pregnant Girlfriend Called Me & Said, ‘It Worked'

April 29, 2024

OJ Simpson Dies — Family Speaks Up with a Request in the Wake of His Passing

April 12, 2024

Bride Runs Away from Her Own Wedding after Getting a Mysterious Wedding Gift – Story of the Day

June 07, 2024

'Just Amazing': Magic Johnson's Son EJ, 32, Stuns in High Heels & Skimpy Shorts Exposing His Long Legs

June 20, 2024

Granny Drains Savings Giving Grandson Best Day of His Life, Only Sees Him Again After 15 Years — Story of the Day

April 04, 2024

Kate & William Flew in a Helicopter to Rest in the Countryside: Rare Glimpses of Their Peaceful Home

March 28, 2024

I Hired a Private Investigator to Reveal My Husband's Cheating but His Real Secret Shocked Me to the Core

April 29, 2024

King Charles & Queen Camilla Arrive at Breathtaking Estate Surrounded by Nature to Celebrate 19th Anniversary

April 11, 2024

Nicole Kidman Cuts off Hair, Johnny Depp ‘Doesn’t Even Look like the Same Person’ & 3 More Top News of the Week

March 29, 2024

Christopher Reeve's Son, Who Is a 'Spitting Image' of Late Dad, to Appear in 'Superman' — Film Set Pics

July 04, 2024

Poor Pool Cleaner Discovers Secret Door in Old Lady's Pool, Buys His Own Mansion Next Week – Story of the Day

March 22, 2024

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 76, Undergoes Heart Surgery — Fans Send Prayers for His Healing

March 26, 2024

Queen Camilla, 76, Speaks about Cancer-Stricken Princess Catherine for the First Time – Video

March 29, 2024

Baltimore Bridge Tragedy: Audio Recorded When 'The Whole Bridge Just Fell Down' Has Emerged

March 27, 2024