"Jeff Joniakís path to becoming the Bears radio announcer was, well, ridiculous"
Itís not just that he would have been cowed by calculating the astronomical odds against landing the Bears radio play-by-play job he snagged 18 years ago despite next to no professional experience.
The major hurdle was that, except for recording practice calls while watching XFL and college games, his only play-by-play experience since graduating from Iowa State a decade and a half earlier had come when he subbed on a 2000 Northern Illinois football broadcast.
One fellow finalist for the Bears job already was working as an NFL teamís announcer. The other was the voice of a major college power.
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