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.

 

Matt Forte. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Lions

Chicago must prevent Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson from making big plays.

CBS Chicago–11/26/2014

Bucs quarterback Josh McCown. (Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Bucs

Chicago must stay patient against Tampa Bay’s Cover-2 defense.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2014

Bears running back Matt Forte, left. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: With Rain In Forecast, Bears’ Running Game Will Be Big

Matt Forte is ready for whatever workload the coaching staff needs him to take.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2014

Bears center Roberto Garza. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Garza Still Has Appreciation For The Game

Bears center Roberto Garza played his 200th career game on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–11/18/2014

Bears running back Matt Forte. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Vikings

There’s a theme in Jeff Joniak’s keys to Sunday’s game.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2014

Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd chases then-Bears quarterback Josh McCown in 2013. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Vikings Will Bring The Heat

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler must trust his protection, Jeff Joniak writes.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Packers

Against an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, Chicago must be efficient offensively.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2014

Packers coach Mike McCarthy. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Will Packers Look To Establish The Run?

History tells us Mike McCarthy turns to the run more often in November.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2014

Bears offensive lineman Michael Ola, center. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Hope Bye Week Was The Right Medicine

An offensive line shuffle has been the biggest practical change for Chicago.

CBS Chicago–11/04/2014

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Patriots

Chicago faces New England on the road Sunday at noon.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2014

Patriots coach Bill Belichick.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Patriots Are Dominant In October

New England is an NFL-best 40-9 in October since 2003.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2014

Bears safety Brock Vereen. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Sunday Will Be A Family Affair For The Vereens

Bears safety Brock Vereen will face older brother Shane, a Patriots running back, this Sunday.

CBS Chicago–10/21/2014

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, left, celebrates with center Roberto Garza during Sunday's 27-13 win at Atlanta. Cutler threw for 381 yards and didn't turn the ball over. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Dolphins

Miami ranks third in the NFL in yards per rush.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2014

Bears running back Matt Forte, center. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Forte’s Diligent About His Game Recovery

With a heavy workload, Matt Forte understands why he takes a mid-week day off.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2014

Bears cornerback Kyle pass breaks up a pass intended for Falcons receiver Julio Jones. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Fuller Becoming A Shutdown Corner

Plus, more on linebacker Darryl Sharpton, who only knows how to play at one speed.

CBS Chicago–10/14/2014

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Falcons

These are two desperate teams with playoff aspirations.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2014

11. Chicago Bears (1-1)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Need To Win More Battles Against Zone Defense

Plus, Brandon Marshall insists he’s fine with his role in the Chicago offense.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2014

Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: DT Ferguson Making Big Strides

Plus, Charles Tillman’s season-ending injury is having a tickle-down effect.

CBS Chicago–10/08/2014

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Panthers

With Carolina’s backfield short-handed, slowing Cam Newton is the priority for the Chicago.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2014

Jermon Bushrod, right, and Matt Slauson, left, in 2013. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Face Challenges On O-Line

Plus, more on Kyle Fuller’s big September and Ka’Deem Carey’s spin move.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2014

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