Hall of Fame Broadcaster to Sign His New Book “Joe Tait: It’s Been a Real Ball” Prior to Charge vs. Fort Wayne Game Wednesday, December 7th from 6:30 p.m. to Tipoff

Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball

CANTON, OH - November 29, 2011 - Legendary broadcaster Joe Tait is like an old family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. Northeast Ohioans know him best as the “Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers” where he called the radio play-by-play from the team's first year in the NBA, 1970, until his retirement in 2011 (with the exception of two years in the early 1980s).

His animated voice and no-nonsense announcing brought the excitement of Cavaliers games home to listeners. Many also fondly recall him as one of the best play-by-play announcers ever to broadcast Cleveland Indians games (1973 to 1987) and as the longtime announcer for Mount Union football.

His new book “Joe Tait: It’s Been a Real Ball,” co-written with award-winning sportswriter Terry Pluto, celebrates the hall-of-famer’s career with stories from the man himself and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players. Pluto weaves a roughly chronological narrative that hits the highlights of Tait’s remarkable career and uncovers some touching personal details.

Joe Tait will meet-and-greet fans and sign his new book “It’s Been a Real Ball” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. prior to the Charge vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants game on Wednesday, December 7th. The signing will take place at the Charge Team Shop located off the Civic Center concourse (behind section 9) where copies of the book can be purchased for $15.95. Fans must have a ticket to attend the Charge game to participate in the book signing.