John Michael (broadcaster)

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John Michael
BornJohn Michael
Aliquippa, PA
Sports commentary career
Team(s)Cleveland Cavaliers
SportsNational Basketball Association

John Michael (born 1972 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania)[1] is an American sports broadcaster, currently serving as the radio play by play for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was chosen to replace the retiring Joe Tait for the 2011-12 season.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Michael graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in mechanical engineering, law and business administration. After earning his law degree, he worked as a trial lawyer for five years in construction law for K & L Gates.[3]


Following his law career Michael switched careers, and went into the sports announcing field. First as a hockey announcer, he served as the play-by-play announcer for the Hagerstown Suns and Lake Erie Monsters and in 2009 was hired by Fox Sports Ohio as the pregame host for Columbus Blue Jackets telecasts. In October, 2011 he was chosen out of a pool of 200 applicants to become the new radio play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers.[4] He broadcasts games with Jim Chones, a color commentator and former player for the Cavaliers.

Personal life[edit]

Michael is married to Julie Maund. They met while attending college at Notre Dame.[4]


  1. ^ Michael named new Cavs announcer - Lorain Morning Journal
  2. ^ Cavs Press Release (accessed November 18, 2013)
  3. ^ Notre Dame Article (accessed November 18, 2013)
  4. ^ a b Cleveland Plain Dealer Archived 2012-01-14 at (accessed November 18, 2013)