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 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.

 

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Joniak’s Journal: Opportunity Knocks For Bears Backup QB Brian Hoyer

There are 15 Bears decorating the Week 3 injury report, most notably quarterback Jay Cutler.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Need To Commit More To The Run

Chicago is 26th in the NFL in rushing attempts and 19th in yards per carry.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Eagles

Chicago (0-1) hosts Philadelphia (1-0) on Monday night.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Bryce Callahan Ready For Big Challenge Against Eagles

Callahan will often be tasked with slowing Philadelphia receiver Jordan Matthews.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Kevin White Needs Reps, Targets

White wants to be great and wants to reward those who believed in his skill set.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Texans

Chicago opens its season at Houston on Sunday.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Eddie Goldman Primed For Breakout Season

Much is expected out of the Bears’ defensive front, so Goldman carries a big burden.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Counting On 2nd-Year Players To Step Up Big

Eddie Goldman, Adrian Amos, Jeremy Langford and Kevin White need to be playmakers for Chicago.

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Joniak’s Super Bowl Journal: Ron Rivera Pushing Right Buttons For Carolina Panthers

The moment isn’t too big for Cam Newton and his Panthers.

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Joniak’s Super Bowl Journal: Greg Olsen Reflects On Reaching Game’s Premier Stage

Drafted by the Bears in 2007, Olsen had a career-high 1,104 receiving yards this season.

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Joniak’s Super Bowl Journal: Many Former Bears Assistants Involved In Super Bowl 50

After working in Chicago in 2014, Reggie Herring is thankful for his trip to the Super Bowl.

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Joniak’s Super Bowl Journal: Demaryius Thomas Helps Mentor Kevin White Amid Injury Challenges

Like Bears receiver White, Thomas also experienced serious injuries early in his career.

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Joniak’s Super Bowl Journal: Moving Media Day To Monday Evening Created Big Buzz

The NFL continues to create widespread attention for every event it can.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Lions

The final game of the season is a rematch between Chicago and Detroit.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Bucs

The Bears (5-9) visit the Bucs (6-8) for a noon contest Sunday.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Rookie LB John Timu Impressive Against Vikings

The Bears (5-9) visit the Bucs (6-8) for a noon contest Sunday.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Vikings

Chicago (5-8) plays at Minnesota (8-5) on Sunday.

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Joniak’s Journal: Discussion Continues About Bears’ Future As Season Winds Down

The Bears (5-8) visit the Vikings (8-5) on Sunday for a noon game.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Smart To Keep Kevin White Off Field

The Bears (5-8) visit the Vikings (8-5) on Sunday for a noon game.

CBS Chicago–12/15/2015

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Redskins

Chicago faces Washington on Sunday at Soldier Field.

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