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: Bears See Promise In Rookie Safety Tandem

Only three rookies are starting at safety in the NFL, and the Bears have two of them.

CBS Chicago–10/21/2015

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Joniak: Keys To Bears-Lions

Kickoff is set for noon Sunday.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2015

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Joniak’s Journal: Adam Gase, Jay Cutler Starting To Click

Cutler’s garnered a high level of respect from teammates for his toughness.

CBS Chicago–10/15/2015

Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee (92) sacks Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. (Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Defense Proving To Be Stout

Chicago ranks fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per game.

CBS Chicago–10/14/2015

Bears running back Matt Forte. (Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Chiefs

Kickoff is set for noon Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

CBS Chicago–10/09/2015

Bears safety Harold Jones-Quartey. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Safety Harold Jones-Quartey Likes The Chip On His Shoulder

Jones-Quartey plays with an edge.

CBS Chicago–10/08/2015

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Joniak’s Journal: Pernell McPhee Emerges As A Leader For Bears

Plus, we need to remember to appreciate Robbie Gould’s talents.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2015

Bears coach John Fox. (Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Raiders

Chicago needs to prevent Oakland from picking up yards after the catch.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2015

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Joniak’s Journal: Bears LB Willie Young ‘100 Percent, Ready To Go’ Against Raiders

Young needs to find a role and a rhythm that makes him a disruptive presence once again.

CBS Chicago–10/01/2015

Jared Allen. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Roster Shake-Up No Suprise

Bears GM Ryan Pace has hinted more than once that the front office would be looking for more pieces and assets throughout the season.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2015

Bears running back Matt Forte. (Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Seahawks

If there’s a weak link for Seattle, it’s the offensive line.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2015

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, left; Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett. (Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bennett Brothers On Either Side Of Bears-Seahawks Matchup

The Bears (0-2) visit the Seahawks (0-2) for a 3:25 p.m. contest Sunday.

CBS Chicago–09/24/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looks to pass behind his offensive line. (Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Offensive Line Problems Abound In NFL

The development of young offensive linemen takes time, and teams are feeling the effects.

CBS Chicago–09/22/2015

Bears coach John Fox. (Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Cardinals

The Bears must take advantage of the Cardinals’ aggressiveness when the opportunity presents itself.

CBS Chicago–09/18/2015

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Revved Up To Face Cardinals

Chicago’s players have a great deal of belief in their coaches, and vice-versa, Jeff Joniak writes.

CBS Chicago–09/17/2015

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Joniak’s Journal: Red-Zone Efficiency A Priority For Bears

Chicago had 25 first downs against Green Bay, proving it can move the ball.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2015

Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, right. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Packers

Chicago hosts Green Bay on Sunday at noon.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2015

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Why The Bears May Look Better In Latest Contest With Packers

Jeff Joniak ticks off reasons why the Bears should acquit themselves a little better on Sunday against their rivals.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2015

Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee sacks Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. (Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Quality Pass Rush On Aaron Rodgers Of Utmost Importance For Bears

To have any chance against Green Bay, Chicago must pressure Aaron Rodgers consistently.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2015

Bears running back Matt Forte, left. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Joniak: Keys To Bears-Vikings

Chicago (5-10) visits Minnesota (6-9) for a noon game Sunday.

CBS Chicago–12/26/2014

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