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.


Joniak: Bears’ Kyle Fuller Stepping Up

Fuller is permitting a completion rate of just 46.7 percent with seven pass breakups.

CBS Chicago–3 hours ago

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Vikings

The Bears need to mix in timely passes on first down against a stout Vikings defense that’s third against the run.

CBS Chicago–10/07/2017

Joniak: Adjustments, Pre-Snap Reads Crucial For Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky

Trubisky will make his Bears debut when they host the Vikings on Monday night.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2017

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Packers

Nothing is more important than the Bears establishing their running game.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2017

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Steelers

The Bears defense is facing an offense loaded with weapons for the third consecutive week.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2017

Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Run-Pass Ratio Not Where It Needs To Be

The Bears are averaging just 2.9 yards per carry on first down, 27th in the league.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2017

Joniak’s Journal: Tarik Cohen Feels He Can Handle Heavy Load For Bears

The Bears will look to use the rookie Cohen in as many interesting ways as possible.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2017

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Redskins

The Bears (3-11) host the Redskins (7-6-1) on Saturday at noon.

CBS Chicago–12/23/2016

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Packers

The Bears (3-10) host the Packers (7-6) on Sunday at noon.

CBS Chicago–12/16/2016

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Should Look To Ground Game Against Packers

The Bears (3-10) host the Packers (7-6) on Sunday at noon.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2016

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Lions

The Bears (3-9) are on the road to face the Lions (8-4) at noon on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–12/09/2016

Joniak: Keys To Bears-49ers

The Bears (2-9) host the 49ers (1-10) on Sunday at noon at Soldier Field.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2016

Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Daniel Braverman Gets Opportunity To Prove Himself

A seventh-round pick, Braverman becomes the 11th rookie on the Bears’ 53-man roster.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2016

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Titans

The Bears (2-8) host the Titans (5-6) at Soldier Field on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–11/25/2016

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Giants

The Bears (2-7) are on the road to face the Giants (6-3) on Sunday at noon.

CBS Chicago–11/18/2016

Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Marquess Wilson Is Nearing A Return

The Bears (2-7) are on the road to face the Giants (6-3) on Sunday at noon.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2016

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Bucs

The Bears (2-6) are on the road to face the Buccaneers (3-5) on Sunday at noon.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2016

Joniak’s Journal: Dowell Loggains Does His Homework During Bears’ Bye

Loggains reviewed nearly 400 touchdown snaps around the league from the 12-yard line in to see what he could find.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2016

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Vikings

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

CBS Chicago–10/31/2016

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Look To Keep Positive Attitude Amid Tough Times

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

CBS Chicago–10/28/2016


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