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.

 

Jay Cutler throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns. (Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Have New Life

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.

WBBM Newsradio–12/17/2013

Jay Cutler.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs. Browns

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.

WBBM Newsradio–12/13/2013

Josh McCown. (Credit: Jonathan Daniel, Getty)

Joniak’s Journal: McCown Grateful For Starts As Cutler Takes Over

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 […]

12/12/2013

DeMarco Murray  of the Dallas Cowboys runs over Tim Jennings. (Credit: David Banks/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Run Defense Biggest Concern For Bears

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.

12/11/2013

Chicago Bears v Dallas Cowboys

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs. Cowboys

Analysis of Monday’s game from Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak.

12/06/2013

Soldier Field. (Credit: Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: New Bears Better Be Ready For Lakefront Freeze

Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak weighs in on Monday night’s matchup between Chicago and Dallas.

12/05/2013

Alshon Jeffery (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Jeffery One Of NFL’s Top Receivers

Alshon Jeffrey is now in the top 11 among receivers in yards after the catch with 351 yards.

12/03/2013

Defensive end Jeremiah Ratliff #90 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the football during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium on September 16, 2007 in Miami, Florida. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins 37-20. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Ratliff Ready For Bears Debut

By Jeff Joniak First Impression Jeremiah Ratliff has turned the page on his football career, and he likes what he sees in Chicago. Four times a Pro Bowl defensive tackle in Dallas, the nine-year vet […]

11/28/2013

A view of the Bears offensive line and the Vikings defensive line. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Vikings Pass Rush A Concern For Bears

No team in the NFL has pressured quarterbacks more than the Minnesota Vikings.

11/26/2013

Matt Forte dives over Chris Canty of the Baltimore Ravens to score a touchdown  (Credit:  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs Rams

In winning twice in the last three games the Bears red zone offense has produced only four touchdowns in 12 possessions with one turnover.

11/23/2013

Soldier Field is ready for Sunday's game, Bears versus Ravens. (CBS/Damara Anderson)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs. Ravens

By Jeff Joniak OFFENSE: CLEAR AND PROTECT Baltimore is the fifth team running a version of the 34 defense the Bears are playing in the first 10 games. Clearing running lanes and protecting the quarterback […]

11/15/2013

Josh McCown. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: McCown Not Letting Success Go To His Head

By Jeff Joniak First Impression It was quarterback Thursday at the podium at Halas Hall, and Sunday’s starter against the Ravens handled questions for better than 18 minutes. Josh McCown provided thoughtful insight into all […]

11/14/2013

Charles Tillman  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Tillman Won’t Be Retiring Anytime Soon

Charles Tillman has no plans to retire anytime soon. Even though the first nine games of the season were challenging physically because of a sore knee and now a triceps injury, Tillman wants to keep playing.

11/12/2013

Shea McClellin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: McClellin Making Major Improvements

Shea McClellin is the leading tackler, top sacker, and tops in disruptive plays through the first half of the season on the defensive line.

670 The Score–11/07/2013

Marc Trestman talks with Josh McCown and jay Cutler. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs. Packers

Offensive possessions have to be treated like gold against the Packers.

670 The Score–11/02/2013

Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 45-41. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: McCown Pumped To Start In Green Bay

By Jeff Joniak   First Impression Josh McCown is truly appreciative of his opportunity to start in Green Bay Monday night. He made mention of it repeatedly in his 15 minutes at the Halas Hall […]

10/31/2013

Quarterback Jay Cutler  of the Chicago Bears walks off the field after being injured on a play against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Cutler Could Be Back Sooner Rather Than Later

Admitting the torn left groin is the most “significant” pain he’s had in his career, Cutler is also optimistic he can get back to playing quarterback before the four week minimum “window” offered up by doctors.

10/29/2013

Brandon Marshall. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Marshall, Jeffrey A Formidable Tandem

By Jeff Joniak First Impression As a tandem, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey have piled up 1,101 yards in receiving in the first seven games.  They’ve been targeted 120 times, with 79 receptions, and seven […]

10/24/2013

Quarterback Josh McCown #12 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 20, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 45-41. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: McCown In Good Hands With Trestman

McCown makes his first start for Trestman Monday night November 4 in Green Bay at 34. Age is just a number when it comes to quarterbacks for Trestman. Sometimes, there is magic in NFL maturity.

10/22/2013

Jon Bostic. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Briggs A Linebacking Mentor To Bostic

Lance Briggs is good for Jon Bostic.

670 The Score–10/17/2013

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