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    Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Anybody know anything about him? Does he actually claim us and support the university or was it just a place to go to school. I'd think the alumni association and possibly football program would like to keep on his good side, for donations at the very least.

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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    Anybody know anything about him? Does he actually claim us and support the university or was it just a place to go to school. I'd think the alumni association and possibly football program would like to keep on his good side, for donations at the very least.

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    I like Joniak. I think he does a pretty good job.



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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Quote Originally Posted by acrozier22 View Post
    I like Joniak. I think he does a pretty good job.
    I like him too, as a Bears and Clone fan. Just never heard him give any love to ISU on the air, or even a mention. Then again, being a NFL play by play guy it's probably tough to work crappy ISU football teams in the conversation.



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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    It used to come up every so often on the broadcasts that he was a ISU grad. I can't get the signal for the radio play by play since they switched from WGN to WBBM, so I haven't heard him for a few years. I believe he broadcast the Cyclone games on the student radio station while he was in school.



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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    I think Jeff calls a great game. Didn't know he was an ISU grad... but another good reason to like him.



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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Not a bears fan but he is pretty good, easy to listen to


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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    What station are the Bears on in central Iowa?


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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    What station are the Bears on in central Iowa?
    None. They were on 1150am for awhile but they weren't on the radio in Des Moines last season. Was hoping kxno would pick them up this year but they went with the vikings instead.



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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Quote Originally Posted by DMjazz View Post
    None. They were on 1150am for awhile but they weren't on the radio in Des Moines last season. Was hoping kxno would pick them up this year but they went with the vikings instead.
    So the Chiefs, Viks and Packers? are in Des M but no Bears, what gives?


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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    So the Chiefs, Viks and Packers? are in Des M but no Bears, what gives?
    I think they are in 4th place in popularity among those choices, but not by much. I think Orton starting helped get them on the radio here.



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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Jeff is a proud clone. He lived on the same dorm floor ( Friley, Niles House).



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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone90 View Post
    Anybody know anything about him? Does he actually claim us and support the university or was it just a place to go to school. I'd think the alumni association and possibly football program would like to keep on his good side, for donations at the very least.

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    Interesting. I didn't know that. I absolutely love the Bears' radio crew. Joniak is solid, and Thayer and Zaidman really round out the team well. Thayer is one of the best color guys I've ever listened to. His ability to break down a play in great detail the moment it happens is facinating to listen to. You rarely get level of analysis on TV with the aid of a telestrator.

    As for the Bears' local radio coverage, the word 'pathetic' comes to mind. I was surprised when KXNO didn't pick them up simply because it seemed like the logical business decision. They would have had a monopoly on that market in the Des Moines metro as you can't pick up the game anywhere on the AM dial. You have to be at a computer so you can get the streaming audio through KBBM's website.

    Obviously the Vikings have a lot of fans in the area, but I'm guessing KXNO doesn't have a monopoly on the radio dial and you can tune into the broadcast on more than one station from the DM metro.



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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    My dad went an interviewed him as an alumni last year. Said it was a blast to meet him and see the Bears facility.


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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    So the Chiefs, Viks and Packers? are in Des M but no Bears, what gives?
    Because I don't think Des Moines is this big "Chicago sports town" that some people like to think it is. As it stands, if it weren't for the fact that the Cubs' AAA team was located in Des Moines and the fact that the vast majority of the games are on WGN (making the Cubs more of a national team), and if it wasn't for the fact that the Bulls for so long were the only NBA team in the upper-Midwest (obviously the T-wolves changed that over the last 20 years), I'm not sure there would be such a big Cubs or Bulls following in Des Moines, as Des Moines is much closer to both KC and Minneapolis/St Paul.


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    Re: Bears play by play guy a Clone

    He was interviewed by one of the local sports talk shows recently and mentioned his love of all things ISU. He sounded like a stand up guy.



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