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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 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.


Patrick Mannelly

Joniak’s Journal: Mannelly Playing In 216th NFL Game Sunday

In his 216th NFL game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Patrick Mannelly begins a record 15th season with the Bears.

CBS Chicago–09/05/2012

Chicago Bears Helmet

Joniak: Keys To The Game

Join Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer right now on the Bears Radio Network.

WBBM Newsradio–01/16/2011

Matt Forte

Joniak: Run Game Will Lead To Dallas

To get to Dallas, the Bears have to give the ball to Matt Forte.

WBBM Newsradio–01/10/2011

Bears Vikings Football

Joniak: Keys To The Game

Offense: Block the Blitz This is the 8th straight start for the Bears offensive line. And it may be their most difficult challenge of the season. Rex Ryan’s defense brings the heat on every down. [...]

WBBM Newsradio–12/26/2010

TCF Bank Stadium Prepares To Host Minnesota Vikings Game

Joniak: Worry About Game, Not Conditions

Who in their right mind will be looking forward to play in wind chills predicted in the -20 degree range next Monday night?

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2010

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Joniak: Keys To The Game

Jeff Joniak breaks down the keys to the Chicago Bears matchup with the New England Patriots.

WBBM Newsradio–12/12/2010

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Joniak: Keys To The Game

Check out Jeff Joniak’s Keys To The Game as your Chicago Bears face the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Bears Radio pre-game show begins at 9 a.m. C.T. and kick-off is at high Noon. GO BEARS!

WBBM Newsradio–12/04/2010

Chicago Bears

Joniak: Keys To The Game

By Jeff Joniak– Offense: Control the Clock Like the Bears did in Miami, it is wise at this point to control the clock in order to quiet down the high scoring Eagles offense. It’s asking [...]

WBBM Newsradio–11/27/2010

Chicago Bears running back Chester Taylor (29 is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) and linebacker Chad Greenway (52) as defensive tackle Letroy Guion (98) closes in during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Keys To The Game

Check out Jeff Joniak’s Keys To The Game as your Chicago Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Bears Radio pre-game begins at 9 a.m. C.T. with Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer and kick-off is at high Noon!


Chicago Bears vs Buffalo Bills (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Keys To The Game

Check out Jeff Joniak’s Keys To The Game as your Chicago Bears face the Buffalo Bills in Canada, eh! Pre-game begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Kick-off is at high Noon!


Devin Hester #23 (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game

Check out Jeff Joniak’s Keys To The Game as your Chicago Bears play the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field. Bears Radio pregame starts at 9 a.m. C.T. kickoff is at high Noon!

WBBM Newsradio–10/23/2010

Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Jeff Joniak’s Keys To The Game

Welcome Bears Radio fans! Check out Jeff Joniak’s Keys To The Game as your Chicago Bears play the Seattle Seahawks. Comments welcomed below! Tell us where you are listening from. Click listen live to Bear Down!

WBBM Newsradio–10/16/2010

Quarterback Jay Cutler (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Joniak: Cutler Is Back But So Is Williams

Reading between the lines from offensive line coach Mike Tice and offensive coordinator Mike Martz, Williams appears penciled in at left guard, not left tackle.

WBBM Newsradio–10/13/2010

Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Joniak: Cutler Should Start Sunday

Barring any complications, I would expect Jay to start against the Seahawks.

WBBM Newsradio–10/13/2010

Running back Matt Forte (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Jeff Joniak’s Keys To The Game

Welcome Bears Radio fans! Check out Jeff Joniak’s Keys To The Game as your Chicago Bears play the Carolina Panthers. Pre-game begins at 9AM C.T.

WBBM Newsradio–10/10/2010

Jay Cutler

Joniak: A First For Jay Cutler

Bears doctors in concert with an independent physician conclude it is best if the Bears starting quarterback sit out the game in Carolina Sunday.

WBBM Newsradio–10/07/2010