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 and

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.


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

Tight end Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball after a reception against the New York Giants during a game at Soldier Field on October 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bennett One Of The Best Free Agent Signings In The NFL

One of the best free agent signings in the NFL has been tight end Martellus Bennett.


Eli Manning. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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

Everything the Bears didn’t do in their first five offensive possessions against the Saints they will try to accomplish against the Giants.

670 The Score–10/10/2013

Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears breaks away from Malcolm Jenkins #27 of the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field on October 6, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Saints defeated the Bears 26-18. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Brandon Marshall Living A Conundrum

Brandon Marshall is living a conundrum. If that’s possible, he’s doing it.


Chicago Bears v New Orleans Saints

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

By Jeff Joniak   OFFENSE: LOOK IN THE MIRROR Bears head coach Marc Trestman was hired by New Orleans head coach Sean Payton as a consultant in 2007 and 2008, when he was between jobs […]

WBBM Newsradio–10/04/2013

Josh McCown, left; Luke McCown (Jonathan Daniels/Bob Levey/GETTY)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears-Saints Features McCown Brothers On Opposite Sides

By Jeff Joniak First Impression It’s not quite the Manning Bowl, but the McCown brothers are on opposite sidelines Sunday at Soldier Field.  Josh and Luke are the No. 2’s behind the starters, Jay Cutler […]


Bears defense.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Can’t Miss Tackles Against Saints

Tackling is going to be a huge factor in Sunday’s game against the Saints.

670 The Score–10/01/2013

Alshon Jeffery catches a pass against the Lions. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears At Lions

Jeff Joniak breaks down what the Bears have to do to beat the Lions.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2013

Jay Cutler. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Cutler, Stafford Could Be Set For Aerial Attack

Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford may be headed for a gunslinger’s showdown at Ford Field.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2013

Devin Hester. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears-Vikings

After a record-setting effort returning kickoffs against the Vikings, it appears Devin Hester is close to scoring again.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2013

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 […]


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.


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 […]


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.


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.


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 […]


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