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Jeff Joniak

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One of the most energetic and exciting voices of the National Football League, Jeff Joniak enters his 14th season behind the microphone as the play-by-play announcer of the Chicago Bears in 2014.

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 ChicagoBears.com and CBSChicago.com.

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.

 

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller, left. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Fuller, Youngsters Are Making Plays

Jeff Joniak counted 18 first- and second-year players making contributions for Chicago.

CBS Chicago–8 hours ago

Matt Forte.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Jets

The Bears (1-1) face the New York Jets (1-1) on the road Monday night.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2014

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Focus On Marshall Won’t Affect His Game Preparation

Brandon Marshall is as prepared as they come in the NFL.

09/20/2014

Charles Tillman. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Young DBs Will Still Learn From Tillman

Over the years, no one has tormented elite receivers quite like Charles Tillman.

CBS Chicago–09/16/2014

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys to Bears-49ers

Chicago’s mindset is as important as anything.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2014

Bears receiver Josh Morgan. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Morgan, Mundy Remember Fear On 9/11

Josh Morgan’s mother was among those working in the Pentagon on 9/11.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2014

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, left. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Mistakes Are Correctable

The Bears also really could’ve used Marquess Wilson in Week 1.

CBS Chicago–09/09/2014

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Bills

If Buffalo is forced to the air, a Chicago win will be in the works.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2014

Bears coach Marc Trestman. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Trestman Showing Fire This Game Week

Given what lies ahead for the Bears in the season’s first half, the opener is crucial.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2014

Bears defensive end Willie Young.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Keep An Eye On Willie Young

On a defense with questions, Young will be tasked with getting to the quarterback.

CBS Chicago–09/02/2014

Bears head coach Marc Trestman looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles, who beat the Bears 54-11 on Dec. 22, 2013. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Trestman: ‘We Played A Terrible Football Game’

When your team loses a game 54-11, no one escapes blame, and Bears coach Marc Trestman summed up his team’s embarrassing loss to the Eagles in seven simple words: “We played terrible in all three phases.”

12/23/2013

DeSean Jackson. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs. Eagles

Most coaches enter games with some idea of how many points their team might need to score to win, based on multiple factors including how equipped their defense is to stop the other guys.

12/21/2013

Lance Briggs. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Briggs’ Experience Would Be Welcome Back On The Field

Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak offers some insight into the Bears-Eagles game.

12/19/2013

Jay Cutler throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns. (Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Have New Life

The month of December pumped new life into several teams including the Bears, setting up important games in the final two weeks of the regular season.

WBBM Newsradio–12/17/2013

Jay Cutler.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs. Browns

In Week 2, Jay Cutler solved Pittsburgh’s fire zone 3-4 scheme, and one of Steeler coordinator Dick LeBeau’s students is using it in Cleveland. Yards are tough to come by against the Ray Horton coached Browns defense.

WBBM Newsradio–12/13/2013

Josh McCown. (Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty)

Joniak’s Journal: McCown Grateful For Starts As Cutler Takes Over

First Impression There is no gray area in Marc Trestman’s decision to return Jay Cutler to the starting lineup.  He meant what he said when the high ankle sprain occurred against Detroit Nov. 10. It [...]

12/12/2013

DeMarco Murray  of the Dallas Cowboys runs over Tim Jennings. (Credit: David Banks/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Run Defense Biggest Concern For Bears

The water cooler talk in the city and burbs regarding the Bears is no doubt a raging debate of Jay or Josh at quarterback. However, the most pressing concern remains the run defense.

12/11/2013

Chicago Bears v Dallas Cowboys

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs. Cowboys

Analysis of Monday’s game from Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak.

12/06/2013

Soldier Field. (Credit: Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: New Bears Better Be Ready For Lakefront Freeze

Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak weighs in on Monday night’s matchup between Chicago and Dallas.

12/05/2013

Alshon Jeffery (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Jeffery One Of NFL’s Top Receivers

Alshon Jeffrey is now in the top 11 among receivers in yards after the catch with 351 yards.

12/03/2013

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