Jeff Joniak

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One of the most energetic and exciting voices of the National Football League, Jeff Joniak enters his 16th season behind the microphone as the play-by-play announcer of the Chicago Bears in 2016.

Joniak’s passion for the game and for the Bears is linked to a 28-year association with Chicago sports fans. Joniak has hosted the Chicago Bears game day broadcasts since 1997, serves as WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9 FM′s Director of Sports Operations while maintaining his afternoon drive-time sports anchor shifts.

Additionally, Joniak hosts “The Bears Coaches” radio show on WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM with Bears head coach Marc Trestman each Monday night during the season. On game days, Joniak and Bears analyst Tom Thayer co-host Bears produced television shows, “Bears Game Day Live” and “Bears Game Night Live”.  During the season, Joniak pens his weekly “Keys to the Game” on and

Joniak and the Bears Radio staff earned 2011, 2009, and 2007 Peter Lisagor Awards, multiple Associated Press “Best Sports Reporting” awards for “Joniak’s Journal” heard in the WBBM Bears radio pre-game show including in 2013 and in 2006 for their coverage of Super Bowl XLI.  Joniak earned the Silver Dome Award for “Best Play-by-Play” in 2006, and 2007, 2009, and 2013 regional RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards for “Joniak’s Journal”. He also has earned Chicago Midwest television Emmy Awards in 2009 and 2012 for his work on the Bears television shows.

Throughout the year, Joniak is asked to Emcee events related to his work with the Bears including the National Football Foundation Scholarship Awards,  the Ed Block Courage Award, the annual Chicago Bears Care Gala, and Lurie Children’s Hospital annual fundraiser.

Before tackling Halas Hall, Joniak co-hosted the game day broadcasts for the Chicago Bulls during their championship years from 1991 to 1996.  Jeff’s first broadcasting job was at Sports Phone in Chicago, followed by stops at the Tribune Radio Network, Illinois News Network, CLTV, and Metro Networks where he started the sports department. It was at the old WMAQ Radio that Jeff became Sports Director, worked on the Bulls broadcasts, anchored morning drive, and started with the Bears in 1997, as co-host of the pre- and post-game shows.

Joniak is a 1980 graduate of John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, and a 1984 Broadcast Journalism graduate of Iowa State University.


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Joniak’s Journal: Protecting Jay Cutler Top Of Mind Against Vikings

The Bears (1-6) host the Vikings (5-1) on Monday night at Solder Field.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Jaguars

The Bears (1-4) host the Jaguars (1-3) on Sunday at noon at Soldier Field.

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Joniak’s Journal: Alshon Jeffery’s Targets Should See An Uptick

The Bears (1-4) host the Jaguars (1-3) on Sunday at noon at Soldier Field.

CBS Chicago–10/13/2016

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Offense Is Winning Battle On 1st Down, Then Slowing Down

The Bears are first in the league in earning four or more yards on their first-down pass plays.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Colts

The Bears (1-3) are on the road to face the Colts (1-3) on Sunday in Indianapolis.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Like Cre’Von LeBlanc’s Competitiveness

The Bears (1-3) are on the road to face the Colts (1-3) on Sunday in Indianapolis.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Young Defensive Backs Building Confidence

The Bears (1-3) are on the road to face the Colts (1-3) on Sunday in Indianapolis.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2016

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Lions

The Bears (0-3) host the Lions (1-2) on Sunday at Soldier Field at noon.

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Joniak’s Journal: Jordan Howard Takes Center Stage In Bears Offense

With Jeremy Langford out with an ankle injury, Howard is Chicago’s go-to back.

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Joniak’s Journal: Zach Miller Becoming A Steady Presence For Bears

The Bears (0-3) host the Lions (1-2) on Sunday at Soldier Field at noon.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2016

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Cowboys

The Bears (0-2) are on the road to face the Cowboys (1-1) on Sunday night.

CBS Chicago–09/23/2016

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Joniak’s Journal: Opportunity Knocks For Bears Backup QB Brian Hoyer

There are 15 Bears decorating the Week 3 injury report, most notably quarterback Jay Cutler.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2016

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Need To Commit More To The Run

Chicago is 26th in the NFL in rushing attempts and 19th in yards per carry.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2016

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Eagles

Chicago (0-1) hosts Philadelphia (1-0) on Monday night.

CBS Chicago–09/17/2016

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Bryce Callahan Ready For Big Challenge Against Eagles

Callahan will often be tasked with slowing Philadelphia receiver Jordan Matthews.

CBS Chicago–09/16/2016

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Kevin White Needs Reps, Targets

White wants to be great and wants to reward those who believed in his skill set.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2016

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Texans

Chicago opens its season at Houston on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2016

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Eddie Goldman Primed For Breakout Season

Much is expected out of the Bears’ defensive front, so Goldman carries a big burden.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2016

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Counting On 2nd-Year Players To Step Up Big

Eddie Goldman, Adrian Amos, Jeremy Langford and Kevin White need to be playmakers for Chicago.

CBS Chicago–09/06/2016

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Joniak’s Super Bowl Journal: Ron Rivera Pushing Right Buttons For Carolina Panthers

The moment isn’t too big for Cam Newton and his Panthers.

CBS Chicago–02/06/2016


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