Bilingual Radio Announcer, Cleveland Cavaliers
Veteran broadcaster Rafael Hernández Brito, known as Rafa “El Alcalde”, returns for his fourth season of bringing his high-energy play-by-play style to each Cavs game broadcast. Prior to joining the Cavs, Hernández Brito was the Spanish voice of Brooklyn Nets games for two seasons. He also was the voice of the New Jersey Nets from 1997 to 2001, and called the action for St. John’s college basketball during that same period.
Nationally, his broadcasting experience includes 8 years as the voice of NFL for Spanish Broadcasts on Univision from 2005 to 2013, and he has worked 11 Super Bowls. He was also the Spanish play-by-play voice of the Miami Dolphins, as well as handling the play by play for Major League Baseball, boxing and UFC. Rafa has covered 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 3 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 of 2017 Rafa became the first broadcaster to call the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Spanish for Westwood One.
Rafa finished high school at Locust Valley, N.Y. He went on to earn a degree in mechanical engineering at Boston University, followed by a successful run working for Coors Brewing Co., where his buoyant personality made him a natural in sales and marketing nonetheless chose to follow his passion for sports and broadcasting.
He served as Sports Director at Univision Radio from 2005 to 2013, where he was also the host/ringleader of “Locura Deportiva”, Univision Radio’s most successful sports program, presiding over candid, colorful, often comical discussions on the topics of the day as “El Alcalde” (“The Mayor”). And 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”.
His path to the booth is an American dream. Today Rafa has a daily syndicated radio sports show airing in the US and Latin America, he is the cohost of the Emmy award winning show 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 in iTunes and Google Play.