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.
Chicago needs to commit to Matt Forte and the ground game.
D.J. Williams’ injury opens the door for the young linebackers.
The Bears need to slow DeMarco Murray and prevent big plays.
The Bears average 4.6 yards per first-down rush but rarely attempt it.
Chicago must prevent Golden Tate and Calvin Johnson from making big plays.
Chicago must stay patient against Tampa Bay’s Cover-2 defense.
Matt Forte is ready for whatever workload the coaching staff needs him to take.
Bears center Roberto Garza played his 200th career game on Sunday.
There’s a theme in Jeff Joniak’s keys to Sunday’s game.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler must trust his protection, Jeff Joniak writes.
Against an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, Chicago must be efficient offensively.
History tells us Mike McCarthy turns to the run more often in November.
An offensive line shuffle has been the biggest practical change for Chicago.
Chicago faces New England on the road Sunday at noon.
New England is an NFL-best 40-9 in October since 2003.
Bears safety Brock Vereen will face older brother Shane, a Patriots running back, this Sunday.
Miami ranks third in the NFL in yards per rush.
With a heavy workload, Matt Forte understands why he takes a mid-week day off.
Plus, more on linebacker Darryl Sharpton, who only knows how to play at one speed.
These are two desperate teams with playoff aspirations.