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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.

 

Matt Cavanaugh of the New York Jets poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by NFL Photos)

Joniak’s Journal: QB Guru Matt Cavanaugh A Calming Influence On Cutler

By Jeff Joniak First Impression In his 16th NFL season, Matt Cavanaugh is working as hard as ever as the Bears quarterback coach.  Jay Cutler wondered aloud today if Cavanaugh ever sleeps.  He’s a football [...]

09/19/2013

Devin Hester #23 of the Chicago Bears returns a kick-off for 80 yards against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Hold Serve At Home

They beat a pair of 2012 playoff teams with high hopes and third year quarterbacks who are trying to show they are long term solutions at the position.

09/17/2013

Adrian Peterson. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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

It’s almost always the same defensive key against the Vikings twice a season. Adrian Peterson is the reason. He’s one blown gap assignment, one missed tackle, and one sharp cut in space away from the end zone on every handoff.

670 The Score–09/13/2013

Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Defensive Tackle Paea Injury-Free For New Season

By Jeff Joniak First Impression Starting nose tackle Stephen Paea starts his third season with a strong mind and body, after a full off-season of training devoid of injury.  During his first Senior Bowl practice [...]

09/12/2013

Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws the game-winning touchdown pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field on September 8, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bengals 24-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: With Cutler At The Helm, Offense Headed In Right Direction

Wins and losses are always attached with quarterback evaluations, and so is how they win.

09/10/2013

Jordan Mills and Kyle Long. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game – Bears Vs Bengals

Here are Jeff Joniak’s Keys to the Game for the Bears’ Week 1 matchup with the Bengals.

WBBM Newsradio–09/06/2013

Jay Cutler. (credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Trestman Confident He Can Handle Cutler

Most of Marc Trestman’s Thursday news conference was about Jay Cutler, where the quarterback is, if he’s ready to go in the new system, and how he’s been to work with.

WBBM Newsradio–09/05/2013

Jordan Mills #67 and Kyle Long #75 of the Chicago Bears line up for a play against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on August 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 33-28. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: New Faces Give Bears O-Line Potential For Improvement

With six new offensive linemen, including four starters the Bears have the potential to be significantly improved up front.

09/03/2013

Devin Hester. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Rating The Bears Players Who Made The Roster

 By Jeff Joniak First Impressions I’m pleased to see Michael Ford make the final 53.  From his first practice in the rookie mini-camp, his speed and running style was attention-grabbing.  He only left LSU a [...]

08/30/2013

Alshon Jeffery scores a touchdown during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Alshon Jeffery Is A Playmaker

With the Bears season opener just over a week away, CBS Chicago and WBBM Newsradio bring you Jeff Joniak’s first journal of the 2013-14 season.

WBBM Newsradio–08/27/2013

Matthew Stafford. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears At Lions

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as they head to Detroit for a key divisional matchup.

WBBM Newsradio–12/28/2012

Devin Hester returns a kick 83 yards for a game-winning touchdown  against the Arizona Cardinals Oct. 16, 2006. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears – Cardinals

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as they take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2012

Brandon Marshall. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Marshall Evolving Into A Leader

Brandon Marshall is having a career year for a Bears team with flickering playoff hopes. However, his frustration with the overall production of the offense eats at him.

WBBM Newsradio–12/20/2012

Aaron Rodgers.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears – Packers

Check out Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears matchup against the Packers on Sunday at Solider Field.

670 The Score–12/14/2012

Brandon Marshall. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Must Begin Putting Points On The Board

Sneak in, charge in, or fold up the tent.

WBBM-FM–12/11/2012

(Credit:  Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears At Vikings

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as they take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Soldier Field.

WBBM Newsradio–12/07/2012

Marshawn Lynch

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs Seahawks

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as they take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Soldier Field.

670 The Score–11/30/2012

Brandon Marshall. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak: Marshall Excited To Face Tough Seattle Secondary

Brandon Marshall is prepared with a heightened level of excitement for his Sunday showdown at Soldier Field with two of the best cornerbacks in the NFC.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2012

Bears Coach Lovie Smith looks on during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 25, 2011. (Credit: Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs Vikings

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as Chicago tries to end a two-game losing streak.

11/23/2012

Frank Gore.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs 49ers

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as they travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers on Monday Night.

WBBM Newsradio–11/17/2012

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