Chicago Bears QB rewind: Nick Foles and Matt Nagy are feeling optimistic. Ready to bear down? But it’s difficult to summon memories of those announcers’ work, so they have been set aside. NFL Films clip of Wilber Marshall’s fumble-return touchdown, [Most read in Sports] Column: With the Chicago Blackhawks officially rebuilding, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith deserve a chance to play for a winner elsewhere. 57 from the Super Bowl XX champs is on track next year to match Irv Kupcinet’s 24-season run as a Bears radio commentator, and there’s no reason to think he won’t surpass it. Hampton also could be downright colorful. But neither Kup’s reporting chops nor his football experience was in much evidence during Bears broadcasts, for which his most valuable contributions may have been lining up halftime guests. The upbeat charm Brickhouse brought to baseball didn’t help as he missed plays, botched player IDs and failed to grasp the game’s nuances. (Finks also had come to the Bears from the Vikings.). 4 hours ago Bears beat Panthers, 23-16, to improve to 5-1 The Bears are 5-1 for the first time since 2012. Jeff Joniak in the booth at a Bears-Titans preseason game on Aug. 29, 2019. 11, Arkush is less remembered for his sometimes pointed commentary, Chicago Bears sign Manti Te’o, the former Notre Dame star linebacker, to their practice squad. NFL power rankings for Week 7: Seattle Seahawks move into the top spot as the Green Bay Packers tumble, while the Chicago Bears check in at No. Compounding problems, the former Bears safety had a voice too similar to fellow analyst Hub Arkush. Tom Thayer speaks at the Bears Convention in 2005. There were easy choices at the top and bottom, but the middle inevitably was squishy. ‘Disgusted’ NU president condemns students who burned a school banner and vandalized campus during police protests, sparking calls for his resignation, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot exchanged emails with lobbyist about O’Hare client as city ethics board declined to enforce lobbying ban, records show, Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Pritzker orders tighter restrictions in several suburban counties as 3,714 new confirmed cases and 41 additional deaths reported. Column: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions? Over the years, many Bears play-by-play broadcasters have included Jack Brickhouse and Wayne Larrivee.Their current preseason TV announcers on Fox Chicago are Adam Amin or Kyle Brandt (play-by-play), Jim … Palmer brought a reporter’s eye to the booth. Larrivee, Brickhouse, Thayer, Butkus, McConnell — their voices are linked with so many Bears memories. Jack Brickhouse behind the mic at Wrigley Field in 1963. Wayne Larrivee in his WGN-AM office in 1996. He was overshadowed by the larger-than-life Butkus alongside Larrivee. [Most read in Sports] Will James McCann return? Alas, Arkush is less remembered for his sometimes pointed commentary than for yelling, “Ball! Joniak doesn’t have a classic NFL voice and came to the Bears job with virtually no professional play-by-play experience, but he has channeled his enthusiasm and worked hard to become a solid play-by-play man. The high point of the Hall of Famer’s two-season stint may have come in his second week, when he seemed able to tell whether the Packers were going to pass based on how left tackle Ken Ruettgers lined up. Go! Someone posted an NFL Films clip of Wilber Marshall’s fumble-return touchdown that capped the January 1986 NFC title game shutout of the Rams that sent the ’85 Bears to the Super Bowl. "The Star-Spangled Banner" (Whitney Houston recording), All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Chicago_Bears_broadcasters&oldid=979684027, Lists of National Football League announcers by team, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Zach Zaidman (sideline reporter and radio coach's show host), Lou Canellis (gameday television host, pre-season sideline reporter), This page was last edited on 22 September 2020, at 05:07. Many loved him. Chicago Bears Q&A: Could Ryan Pace be eyeing an offensive lineman before the trade deadline? 11, 3 observations from rewatching the Chicago Bears’ Week 6 win, including a no-huddle offense providing rhythm and Mario Edwards Jr. making the most of his playing time. But is their hopeful outlook justified? while his affection for the Bears is clear, a classic football announcer with a strong voice and tremendous command of the game. But he often cast himself as a surrogate fan. What’s next for potential backups Zack Collins, Yermin Mercedes and Seby Zavala? Who wouldn’t be? Some of the announcing teams since ’53 have called Bears games for multiple stations. Why not just make ready the guillotine? But when Butkus returned from hiatus, poor Fencik wound up the fourth voice in WGN-AM’s booth. For a time, WGN gave him the added title of executive sports producer for all pro football programming. Why not bring more pressure on third-and-long? Dan Hampton performs with The Chicago 6 in Grant Park on July 25, 2019. While he was a solid pregame and postgame host from 1985 to ’87, his skills as a journalist didn’t necessarily translate to analysis in a three-man booth where everyone had to fight to be heard. As study suggests outbound migration is spiking, we asked them. “Barry Sanders reminds me of a dog dodging cars on a freeway,” he said during a Bears-Lions game. But he complemented the great middle linebacker better than he did Arkush, Butkus’ successor. whose exit ended the 1985-2002 experiment of using more than two announcers, [Most read in Sports] NFL power rankings for Week 7: Seattle Seahawks move into the top spot as the Green Bay Packers tumble, while the Chicago Bears check in at No. Here’s how Butkus complemented Larrivee’s call: “He’s got the ball! Gary Fencik, center, with Tom Thayer, left, and Mike Brown at the Bears100 Celebration on June 8, 2019, in Rosemont. We rank the team's radio announcers from the last 66 years. With McConnell, he helped usher in a new era and style for Bears radio. Plus, Larrivee had the good fortune to be the voice of the Super Bowl champion 1985 Bears, whose clips NFL Films will be rerunning until the end of time, ensuring he’ll always be part of memories of that championship season. When the Bears moved from WGN-AM to WBBM-AM, general manager Jim Finks pushed to bring McConnell over from the Vikings to replace Jack Brickhouse as play-by-play man. Making Brickhouse’s shortcomings even more egregious, Bears home games were blacked out on television until the final two years of his 24-season run, so fans really needed the radio announcer to get it right. Since 2011, WBBM has simulcast games on WCFS-FM 105.9. Larrivee, Brickhouse, Thayer, Butkus, McConnell – their voices are linked with so many Bears memories. In any case, Hart was as good a teammate off the field as he had been on it. Irv Kupcinet, center, with his wife, Essee, and Frank Sinatra. His strong voice, command of the game and ability to convey urgency and excitement through tone and speed are as good as it gets. Bernstein: 5-1 Bears still kinda suck The Bears offense continues to be a mess. Not even close. What’s more, while his affection for the Bears is clear, that doesn’t mean he ignores breakdowns. 4 questions about Chicago White Sox catchers heading into 2021. came to the Bears job with virtually no professional play-by-play experience. The longtime Chicago Sun-Times columnist was a quarterback with the 1935 Eagles and a former NFL referee. Once an elite TV network broadcaster, Bender was a competent pro who never quite attached to either the team or its fans — and vice versa — for two forgettable seasons on play-by-play. No one has done it better. Trump’s taxes reveal details about his activities in China, including a previously unknown bank account, Chicago home from ‘Windy City Rehab’ on the market for $1.6 million. Bears assistant Juan Castillo steps away from team after contact with COVID-19 positive individual Castillo hasn't tested positive but will be away from the Bears this week. Others had little use for his grunts and groans. Here’s what that means for restaurants and residents. Hart, the longtime Cardinals quarterback who concluded his career with the Redskins, was a good analyst, especially when it came to technical aspects of the game. If three announcers in a booth is too many, four is almost a joke. Even his biggest fans, however, have to concede football was not his forte. Like Irv Kupcinet, his predecessor in the second chair in the Bears broadcast booth, Palmer offered more color commentary than analysis, but he did not watch the game through rose-colored glasses. Both the Bears and Packers said there was nothing to it, but Hampton managed to anticipate play after play. Dick Butkus, being interviewed by Brittney Payton at the 2016 NFL draft. Currently, WBBM NewsRadio 780 airs the Chicago Bears football games with Jeff Joniak doing the play-by-play, along with color commentator Tom Thayer and sideline reporter Zach Zaidman. One game he officiated was the Bears’ 73-0 victory over the Redskins in the 1940 NFL championship game. The resulting list may be more of an argument starter than finisher. Chicago Bears 2020 Media Guide (information on page 457). deep well of affection for Brickhouse among Chicago fans. During that span, Bears games have been heard on WGN (1953-76, 1985-96), WMAQ-AM 670 (1997-99) and WBBM-AM 780 (1977-84, 2000-present). Will Matt Nagy hand over play-calling duties? Hub Arkush, speaking at the Bears Convention in 2005. Their current preseason TV announcers on Fox Chicago are Adam Amin or Kyle Brandt (play-by-play), Jim Miller (color commentary) and Lou Canellis (sideline reporter). The Bears acquired a classic football announcer with a strong voice and tremendous command of the game in McConnell, who might have continued in the role had WGN not wrested back the rights. Why are Chicagoans moving away during the pandemic? Let’s take it from the top: Larrivee, who announced Chiefs game before coming to Chicago and who left the Bears to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming the voice of the archrival Packers, is one of the NFL’s best broadcasters. The greatest living Bear’s time in the booth — interrupted by a stint as Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder’s successor on CBS’ “The NFL Today” and his ongoing acting career — had insights to offer, to be sure. But more than once, Brickhouse and broadcast partner Irv Kupcinet missed touchdown plays and subsequently called point-after kicks as field-goal tries. Ha, ha, ha! And he didn’t help his standing with his awkwardly forceful bid to stifle fan criticism on coach Dick Jauron’s radio show. Currently, WBBM NewsRadio 780 airs the Chicago Bears football games with Jeff Joniak doing the play-by-play, along with color commentator Tom Thayer and sideline reporter Zach Zaidman. Old No. Joe McConnell, second from right, shown during a 1981 White Sox news conference with, from left, Jerry Reinsdorf, Eddie Einhorn, Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, Jimmy Piersall and Don Drysdale, right.