One more indication of how much interest there is in this year’s edition of the Cleveland Cavaliers has surfaced with the news that the team is in the process of hiring a bilingual radio play by play announcer. The information was noted on the Twitter page of local Cleveland radio host, Anthony Lima.
LeBron impact continues: Cavs will have a Spanish announce table to slam their competitors into this season: http://t.co/VRppzfH7X1
— Anthony Lima (@AnthonyLimaFAN) September 29, 2014
The Sportscasters Talent Agency of America job site posted the opening for the position last Thursday, which specifically requires proficiency in Spanish. Cavaliers’ Director of Broadcast Services, Dave Dombrowski, will end up making the final decision, though the time frame for hiring someone in time for the preseason is extremely short. That’s because that portion of the schedule gets underway this coming Sunday with an exhibition game against David Blatt’s former team, Maccabai Tel Aviv.
In addition to the broadcasting duties, whoever is hired by the team will also be expected to be a major part of the team’s push to gain many more fans in the Hispanic market. That will mean such things as taking a large role in team-sponsored events within the regional Latino community, as well as helping sell advertising time for broadcasts.
One other aspect of those duties doesn’t appear to have been announced by the team as of yet: the broadcaster will help develop content and serve as a host for various programming on a proposed Cavaliers 24/7 HD radio channel. That undertaking is listed as being “currently in planning stages.”
Such a move by the Cavaliers is a far cry from their first month of play way back in October 1970, when the team’s PR director, Bob Brown, did the games for one Cleveland radio station. The legendary Joe Tait was soon hired, and went on to spend close to 40 years with the franchise. The team is obviously hoping that another fruitful relationship blossoms in the years ahead.