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.

 

Lions defensive lineman Ezekiel Ansah sacks Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears-Lions

OFFENSE: STAYING AHEAD OF THE CHAINS Digging out of trouble in terms of down and distance and field position has been one of the biggest challenges for the Bears offense this season—when first and ten […]

12/19/2014

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

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Saints

Chicago needs to commit to Matt Forte and the ground game.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2014

Jon Bostic. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bostic, Jones Get Their Chance

D.J. Williams’ injury opens the door for the young linebackers.

CBS Chicago–12/12/2014

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Cowboys

The Bears need to slow DeMarco Murray and prevent big plays.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2014

bears vs lions

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Need To Run More On 1st Down

The Bears average 4.6 yards per first-down rush but rarely attempt it.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2014

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

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