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.

 

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

Jason Campbell.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Time For Campbell To Play Like A No. 1

It is far from a shock that Lovie Smith turns to his No. 2 to play like a No. 1 Monday night in San Francisco. Aside from landing a No. 1 receiver, it was first-year general manager Phil Emery’s mission to land a number two quarterback during free agency.

670 The Score–11/16/2012

J.J. Watt returns an interception for a touchdown. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears Vs Texans

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as they welcome the Texans to Soldier Field on Sunday night.

WBBM-FM–11/09/2012

Andre Johnson. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Hard To Believe This Is ‘Biggest’ Game In Texans History

Andre Johnson feels Sunday night’s showdown with the Bears at Soldier Field, may be the “biggest” game in the decade long history of the franchise.

WBBM Newsradio–11/08/2012

Lance Briggs tackles Chris Johnson in 2008. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears At Titans

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears as they head to Nashville this weekend to play the Titans,

WBBM Newsradio–11/02/2012

Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Tillman, Jennings The New ‘Monsters Of The Midway’?

When I think of a physical defense, I think of linebackers, pass rushers, and safeties playing with reckless abandon. Not cornerbacks.

WBBM Newsradio–11/02/2012

Devin Hester

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

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears game again the Panthers this weekend.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2012

Charles Tillman

Joniak’s Journal: Tillman Is ‘The King Of Thieves’

It’s telling that before being named NFC defensive player of the week in consecutive games for his performance against Jacksonville and Detroit, Charles Tillman had not been recognized for his work since 2005.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2012

Matt Forte

Joniak’s Keys The Game: Bears Vs Lions

Jeff Joniak provides his keys to Monday night’s game against the Lions.

CBS Chicago–10/19/2012

Julius Peppers rushed Matthew Stafford last year at Soldier Field. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Get Ready For ‘Black & Blue’ Football Vs Lions

“Bad blood” exists between the Bears and Lions, simple as that. Short memories and short fuses in a powder keg environment could lead to some entertaining and interesting confrontations.

WBBM Newsradio–10/16/2012

Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher and Charles Tillman

Joniak’s Journal: Lovie Wants Bears Defense To Get Even Greedier

It looks like the Bears have an “offensive” defense once again.

10/08/2012

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