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.


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.


Devin Hester. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears At Jaguars

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears’ trip to Jacksonville Sunday afternoon.

WBBM Newsradio–10/05/2012

Chicago Bears v Dallas Cowboys

Joniak’s Journal: Running Game Must Improve

Smoothing out the rough spots after a month of Sundays begins with improving the first down production in the Bears’ run game.

WBBM Newsradio–10/03/2012

Tony Romo.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears-Cowboys

Here are Jeff Joniak’s “Keys to the Game” for the Bears matchup against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.


Amobi Okoye sacks Sam Bradford. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Defense Still Important In NFL

That statement challenges the prevailing opinion of NFL analysts, enthusiasts, I’m sure some coaches, most general managers, and probably every starting quarterback these days.

WBBM Newsradio–09/25/2012

Sam Bradford.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears-Rams

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

WBBM Newsradio–09/21/2012

Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: Bears Need To Forget Packers, Focus On Rams

Finally! Peace and quiet around Halas Hall as the focus shifts to Sunday’s visit from the St. Louis.


Clay Matthews. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Journal: NFL Is All About Week-To-Week Swings

In a span of five days, we’ve already witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly of a football season. It’s not unusual.

WBBM Newsradio–09/14/2012

Julius Peppers and Aaron Rodgers

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 Thursday at Lambeau Field.


Jay Cutler. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joniak’s Keys To The Game: Bears-Colts

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

WBBM Newsradio–09/07/2012

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

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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