Joe Tait will receive the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Bill Nichols Media Service Award at the OAC's Football Media Day Wednesday, August 8 at the Doubletree Hilton in Independence, Ohio.
The Bill Nichols Award was created to recognize a member of the media who has demonstrated an understanding and passion for amateur athletics, while covering the students and programs of NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. The award is named for longtime Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer and Baldwin Wallace alum Bill Nichols.
Since 1985, Tait has been calling Mount Union football and basketball games on television, which he will continue in 2012. He also spent 39 seasons as the hall of fame radio voice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 2011.
"I love retirement, but I love doing Mount Union games too," said Tait. "I don't care what anybody says there isn't a college coach that has shown me how to do things the right way more than Larry Kehres. I don't care what level you are talking about."
Kehres matched Tait's enthusiasm and said he's glad Tait has stuck around to do the games over the years.
"The football program owes Joe a debt of gratitude for all he's done for us. I know I truly appreciate him taking the time out of his schedule on Saturdays to call our games," Kehres said. "The players appreciate it also and all of us are glad he is being honored with this award."
In addition to being the television voice of the Purple Raiders, Tait also served on Board of Trustees at Mount Union. As a graduate of Monmouth College in western Illinois, Tait has been a vocal supporter of the NCAA Division III philosophy and the OAC.
He taught sports broadcasting at Ohio University from 1966 to 1968. In 1987, Tait was named Vice President of Broadcast Services for the Cavaliers. In 1992, Tait was inducted into the Radio/TelevisionBroadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio. The Basketball Hall of Fame honored Tait with the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award in May 2010. Tait co-authored his memoir, Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball in 2011. The book covers his early years in broadcasting, his time with covering the Cleveland Indians and his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The OAC is honored to acknowledge Tait for his long time dedication to Mount Union athletics and the conference.
The OAC Football Media Day begins at 10:30 am and will feature interviews with all 10 head football coaches and players representing each school.
For more information or to make reservations for the event, contact OAC Information Director Lindsay Miller at 330-259-9090 and firstname.lastname@example.org