Cleveland Local Stations Go Cavs Crazy for Championship Celebration

By Kevin Eck 

The Cleveland Cavaliers gave the city of Cleveland its first championship in 52 years after beating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 Sunday night.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared today Cleveland Cavaliers day and Cleveland’s mayor declared it a holiday. Government employees do have to show up for work. But they’ll get an extended lunch break.

Local stations went all out to cover the rally and the 11 a.m. ET parade celebrating the big win.

Fox affiliate WJW went on-air at 4 a.m. with plans to stay live until 7:30 p.m. with parade and rally coverage along with its newscasts.

NBC affiliate WKYC‘s early morning show kicked off its team coverage with the anchors on the parade route. The station broke away for the Today Show, and came back to the celebration at 10 a.m.

CBS affiliate WOIO started coverage during its 4:30 a.m. show with the morning anchors wearing Cavaliers merchandise. They broke away for CBS This Morning, but came back at 9:30 a.m. for their Cavaliers Championship Celebration special.

ABC affiliate WEWS took the less Cavaliers’ centric route. The 4:30 a.m. newscast promised live team coverage of the celebration and then did some non-Cavaliers news before breaking away for its regular morning show lineup of GMA, Live with Kelly and Right This Minute. The station joined the celebration at 10:30 a.m.

All the stations offered viewers the chance to see a live stream of the parade on their websites. WKYC and WJW are also live streaming on their Facebook pages.