Austin Carr – TV Color Analyst/Pregame Host
Director of Community and Business Development
“Mr. Cavalier” Austin Carr begins his 20th season as a TV color analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers on FOX Sports Ohio. Carr joins play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod to provide insight and analysis during all Cavs games from “deep in The Q” and every other arena around the NBA.
After a standout career with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1971-80, Carr rejoined the team in the front office in June 1991 as the Director of Community and Business Development. He is responsible for generating new business from Northeast Ohio corporations with a particular focus on smaller companies and minority organizations. Beginning in 1997, Carr became the full-time color analyst for the team’s telecasts on WUAB and the Cavaliers Television Network.
Carr played the first nine of 10 seasons in the NBA with Cleveland before stints with Washington and Dallas. He ranks second among the Cavaliers’ All-Time leaders in field goals made (4,272) and field goals attempted (9,480). Carr is fourth on the Cavaliers’ All-Time list in scoring (10,265), fifth in games played (635) and sixth in minutes played (19,003).
Carr was the first player chosen in the 1971 NBA Draft, following a brilliant college career at Notre Dame where he averaged a school record 34.6 points per game and was a two-time All-American. The 1971 National Player of the Year currently holds the record for most points in an NCAA Tournament game (61), NCAA tournament points per game average (41.3) and was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2007. After being inducted into the Irish’s Ring of Honor, the lower concourse of the Notre Dame’s Purcell Pavilion was renamed the Austin Carr Concourse in 2011.
Carr was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1972 and he represented Cleveland in the 1974 NBA All-Star Game. Carr was further honored when his number (34) was retired by the Cavaliers on January 3, 1981. In addition, Carr was selected to the Cavaliers’ All-Time Starting Five as voted on by 32 members of the media in Northeast Ohio and the Cavaliers’ All-Time Team as selected by the fans. The All-Time Starting Five and All-Time Team were selected in conjunction with the Cavaliers 30th Anniversary season of 1999-2000.
Always active in community affairs, Carr won the Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award after the 1979-80 season, an award which recognizes an NBA player or coach who makes substantial contributions to his community. He continues his charitable activities with the Alzheimer’s Association of Cleveland, the March of Dimes and the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence. He is a board member of Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunity Unlimited) and hosts a golf tournament to assist fundraising efforts for the organization, in addition to making numerous speaking engagements to youth groups. Carr is also a regular contributor to Cavs HQ, making numerous public appearances where he talks with Cavs fans all over the community.
Carr recently celebrated 35 years of service as a member of the Cavaliers. A single-digit handicap golfer, Carr is the proud parent of Jason and Ashley, and grandfather to Austin and Aubre Rodriguez.
Jim Chones – Radio Color Analyst and Postgame Radio Analyst
Jim Chones returns for his eighth season as the color analyst on the Cavaliers Radio Network, providing in-game commentary for all Cavs games and postgame analysis following all home games. Jim also appears every Wednesday morning at 8:25 a.m. on WTAM 1100 with Bill Wills and Mike Snyder for the Daily Cavs Update, and is very active in the community as part of the of the Cavaliers Legends program. Chones played with the Cavaliers for five seasons, including the “Miracle of Richfield”season in 1975-76, when he averaged a career-high 15.8 points per game while contributing 9.0 rebounds per contest. The former center is fifth on the list of all-time Cavaliers’ rebounders with 3,790 boards and he is also fifth with 2,750 defensive rebounds. In April 1991, he was chosen by Cavs fans as the center for the “Classic Cavs Team” covering the first 20 years of the Cleveland Cavaliers history. Before joining the Cavaliers for the 1974-75 season, Chones played for two years in the American Basketball Association for the New York Nets and the Carolina Cougars. He earned an NBA Championship ring with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980 and after two years with the Lakers, he completed his NBA career with the Washington Bullets. Chones played three seasons with the Marquette Warriors before turning pro. He was a starter on the United States squad in the 1972 Pan American Games. Following his playing career, Chones spent 10 seasons as the color analyst for Cavaliers games on SportsChannel Ohio and the Cavs Television Network. He also served as a color analyst for college games on ESPN and for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Jim and his wife, Elores, who reside in Beachwood, are the parents of daughters Kareeda and Kaayla, and of triplet sons Kameron, Kyle and Kendall. His family is the only family in NCAA Division I history to have six family members play Division I sports.
John Michael – Cavaliers Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster
John Michael begins his seventh season as the Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Michael is one of the lead hosts of Cavs HQ, which airs on both Fox Sports Ohio and the Cavs Radio Network, and hosts the Cavs Daily Update. In addition, he appears every Monday and Friday at 8:25 a.m. on WTAM 1100 with Bill Wills and Mike Snyder and makes frequent national and local TV/radio appearances throughout the season. In 2015, Michael represented the Cavaliers’ organization by moderating the esteemed Cuyahoga Community College Presidential Luncheon alongside Magic Johnson. In addition, Michael has made numerous SportsCenter appearances during the Cavs’ playoff runs each of the last three seasons. Michael has well over a decade of pro sports play-by-play experience. He previously worked with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets on FOX Sports Ohio as the television game host, in-game reporter, and contributor to the pregame and postgame shows. Prior to joining the Jackets, Michael was the inaugural “Voice of the Lake Erie Monsters”. Earlier in his career, Michael gained valuable play-by-play experience with the MSA Sports Network in Pennsylvania, hosting sports talk shows and broadcasting a variety of sports, including basketball, football, baseball and soccer. Previously, Michael spent two seasons as the radio voice of the AHL’s Springfield Falcons and two seasons with the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs. Following his final campaign with the Chiefs, the Aliquippa, Pennsylvania native was named the 2004-05 ECHL Broadcaster of the Year. The honor capped a tremendous campaign for Michael in which he had been chosen to broadcast the 2005 ECHL All-Star Game for NHL Radio. Michael has also served as a radio broadcaster for baseball’s Hagerstown Suns, a then-minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, in 2003. Additionally, he has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Broadcasting at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where the game of basketball was invented. Prior to embarking on his broadcasting career, Michael earned a law degree, an MBA degree, and a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Notre Dame, all with cum laude honors, in an eight-year span. Following graduation from law school in 1998, he joined the prestigious Pittsburgh law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates). There, he practiced law full time as a trial attorney specializing in construction law for over four years before embarking upon his broadcasting career.
Rafael Hernández Brito – Bilingual Radio Announcer, Cleveland Cavaliers Veteran broadcaster
Rafael Hernández Brito, known as Rafa “El Alcalde,” returns for the fourth season of his bringing high-energy play-by-play style to each Cavaliers game broadcast. Prior to joining the Cavs, Hernández Brito was the Spanish voice of the Brooklyn Nets for two seasons. He also was the voice of the New Jersey Nets from 1997-2001 and called the action for St. John’s college basketball during that same period. Nationally, his broadcasting experience includes eight years as the voice of NFL for Spanish broadcasts on Univision from 2005-2013 in addition to working 11 Super Bowls. Hernández Brito was also previously the Spanish play-by-play voice of the Miami Dolphins and has handled the play-by-play for Major League Baseball, boxing and UFC as well as the last five soccer World Cups. With the 2015 NBA Finals, he became the first broadcaster in the United States to call the Finals of all three major sports in Spanish. In 2016, Rafa was the public-address announcer and the voice of legendary Azteca Stadium in Mexico City for the first-ever international edition of Monday Night Football. In March 2017, he became the first broadcaster to call the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Spanish for Westwood One. Hernández Brito attended high school in Locust Valley, N.Y., and went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering at Boston University. He then had a successful run working for Coors Brewing Co., where his buoyant personality made him a natural in sales and marketing. Following that stint, he chose to follow his passion for sports and broadcasting. Rafa served as sports director at Univision Radio from 2005-2013, where he was also the host/ringleader of “Locura Deportiva,”Univision Radio’s most successful sports program, where he presided over candid, colorful, often comical discussions on the topics of the day as “El Alcalde” (“The Mayor”). Additionally, he was the creator and longtime host of “El Garaje de AutoZone,” a Saturday morning automotive show perhaps best described as a Spanish-language version of the immensely popular NPR program “Car Talk”. Hernández Brito’s path to the booth is an American dream. Today, he has a daily-syndicated sports radio show airing in the US and Latin America. He is cohost of the Emmy-award winning Cavs HQ on Fox Sports Ohio and also serves as the executive producer of the popular podcast “Road Trippin’ with RJ and Channing, Hosted by Allie Clifton,” which is available on iTunes and Google Play.