CLEVELAND, Ohio — Rafael Hernandez Brito, generally known as Rafa or El Alcalde (The Mayor), broadcasts in Spanish for the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose common season begins on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
Cleveland creds: Moved right here in 2014
Presently lives: Downtown
Education: Boston College, Connecticut Faculty of Broadcasting
Favourite regionally owned eating places: Barocco, Pho Thang
Who owns your mike?
Brito: The Cavs.
Who carries your broadcasts?
Brito: La Mega 87.7 FM broadcasts our video games in Northeast Ohio. We’re obtainable everywhere in the world on the NBA [National Basketball Association] app. And you may hit the SAP button on Fox Sports activities Ohio and listen to my broadcast.
I am additionally the producer of the Street Trippin’ podcast by RJ and Channing [players Reggie Jefferson and Channing Frye].
What is the Cavs’ Spanish market like?
Brito: The Latino group is rising in Northeast Ohio. And the sport is international now. You may go anyplace on the planet, and anyone might inform you who Lebron James is.
The Cavs have acknowledged that chance. We’re solely certainly one of six groups that broadcasts all video games from on-website in Spanish. The opposite 5 are groups in Texas and Florida.
We’re having Los Cavs Noche Latina [Cavs’ Latin Night] March 5. The intro goes to be in Spanish. They’re having Hispanic bands. We’ll acknowledge Latinos making a distinction in Cleveland.
You see the Cavs within the locker room, on the follow flooring, on airplanes and in resorts. What are they like up shut?
Brito: It is a loopy bunch. You’ve got totally different personalities with one objective in widespread. They get alongside very nicely.
Okay-Love [Kevin Love], RJ and Channing name themselves “The Triangle.” They’re all the time poking enjoyable at one another.
Channing is the funniest man within the NBA. However no one likes to take a seat subsequent to him on the bench, as a result of he talks a lot. One time, he began speaking to a fan.
My favourite Cav is J.R. Smith. With all the luggage he got here with [including a brawl and a fatal crash], the man has been a pure pleasure. He is the toughest working man on the workforce. He makes you are feeling such as you’re certainly one of them. He is just like the glue.
How do the Cavs cross the time between video games?
Brito: They do a number of work. What you see them do earlier than the sport, they’ve already executed twice within the morning. They have been in all probability doing weights at 6 a.m. They hung out working towards, capturing, treating their our bodies.
Why are you referred to as mayor?
Brito: I used to be overlaying a boxing match in Las Vegas. A co-host introduced a cousin and his spouse. “Hey,…