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: Keys To Bears-Redskins

Chicago faces Washington on Sunday at Soldier Field.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Better Than Average At Protecting Their QB

The Bears (5-7) host the Redskins (5-7) on Sunday at noon at Soldier Field.

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Joniak’s Journal: Despite Injuries, Bears Coaches Get WRs Ready To Play

The Bears (5-7) host the Redskins (5-7) on Sunday at noon at Soldier Field.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-49ers

The Bears (5-6) host the 49ers (3-8) on Sunday at noon at Soldier Field.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Tracy Porter Arguably Has Made Biggest Impact

The Bears (5-6) host the 49ers (3-8) on Sunday at noon at Soldier Field.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Have Some Swagger Back

Since 1990, there have been 18 teams that had a losing record after Week 11 that managed to make the playoffs.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Packers

Chicago (4-6) plays at Green Bay (7-3) on Thursday night.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Broncos

Chicago (4-5) hosts Denver (7-2) on Sunday at noon.

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Joniak’s Journal: John Fox Would Love Bears To Beat His Former Team

You know Fox wants this, more for his players than anything else.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Rookies Blossoming With Veteran Guidance

Each Chicago rookie gets paired with a position mate to help them acclimate to the NFL.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Rams

Chicago (3-5) is on the road to face St. Louis (4-4) on Sunday at noon.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears WR Kevin White Healing While Learning From Sidelines

It’s all classroom work and tape study right now for the injured White.

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With Forte Out, Fox Anxious To See Other Bears RBs Step Up

Rookie Jeremy Langford is expected to get the start, but backups Ka’Deem Carey and Antone Smith likely also will get opportunities.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Chargers

Chicago (2-5) is on the road to face San Diego (2-6) on Monday night.

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Joniak’s Journal: With Wife In Navy, Veterans Day Means A Lot To Bears Rookie John Timu

Amanda Timu is a driven woman. She’s a couple of weeks shy of four years of service in the Navy and just re-enlisted for another year.

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Joniak’s Journal: Expect Ryan Pace To Explore Waiver Wire

The Bears (2-5) are on the road to face the Chargers (2-6) on Monday night.

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Vikings

The Bears must slow a Vikings pass rush that has 17 sacks in six games.

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Joniak’s Journal: Jonathan Anderson Grateful For Promotion From Practice Squad

Anderson made a big impression in a loss at Detroit.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears Must Protect Jay Cutler Against Vikings

The Chicago Bears are are 2-4 and coming off their by week as the take on the Minnesota Vikings at noon on Sunday at Soldier Field.

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears’ Offensive Line Is Gaining Comfort

There’s a learning curve for the likes of Kyle Long and Charles Leno, but they’re coming along.

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