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.
Jeff Joniak counted 18 first- and second-year players making contributions for Chicago.
The Bears (1-1) face the New York Jets (1-1) on the road Monday night.
Brandon Marshall is as prepared as they come in the NFL.
Over the years, no one has tormented elite receivers quite like Charles Tillman.
Chicago’s mindset is as important as anything.
Josh Morgan’s mother was among those working in the Pentagon on 9/11.
The Bears also really could’ve used Marquess Wilson in Week 1.
If Buffalo is forced to the air, a Chicago win will be in the works.
Given what lies ahead for the Bears in the season’s first half, the opener is crucial.
On a defense with questions, Young will be tasked with getting to the quarterback.
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.”
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.
Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak offers some insight into the Bears-Eagles game.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
Analysis of Monday’s game from Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak.
Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak weighs in on Monday night’s matchup between Chicago and Dallas.
Alshon Jeffrey is now in the top 11 among receivers in yards after the catch with 351 yards.