WKEI becomes Chicago Bears Radio Network Affiliate

(Kewanee, IL) WKEI 1450AM-100.1FM, part of the Regional Media Network, a leading radio station in west central Illinois, is thrilled to announce its partnership with the iconic Chicago Bears Radio Network as an official radio affiliate for the 2023-2024 NFL season. This exciting collaboration will allow WKEI to bring live game coverage, in-depth analysis, and exclusive interviews to Bears fans across the region.

As a trusted voice in the community, WKEI has been a prominent source of news and entertainment for years. This new affiliation with the Chicago Bears further solidifies the station’s commitment to delivering the best sports content to its loyal audience. WKEI’s extensive coverage of the Bears will include pre-game and post-game shows, interviews with players and coaches, as well as expert analysis from seasoned sports commentators.

“We are incredibly proud to become one of the official Chicago Bears Radio Affiliates for the upcoming NFL season,” said Darren Brown, Chief Operating Officer for Regional Media. “This partnership represents a fantastic opportunity for our station to connect with the passionate Bears fanbase, and we are dedicated to providing them with exceptional coverage and insightful commentary throughout the season. With WKEI already affiliates of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cubs, by adding the Bears to this lineup, it gives the Chicago sports fans in the Tri-Counties year round coverage of all of their favorite professional teams.”

WKEI’s comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bears will feature a lineup of talented broadcasters and analysts, bringing fans closer to the action with their engaging commentary. 

The Chicago Bears Radio Network is led by the voice of the Bears, Jeff Joniak. Joniak enters his 23rd season as the play by play announcer of the Chicago Bears. He was selected by the NSMA as the 2022 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year and named to the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. 

Joniak is joined by Tom Thayer in the broadcast booth. Thayer is a former NFL offensive lineman for the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins. Thayer was a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears team that won the Super Bowl under Mike Ditka. Prior to his NFL career, he was a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team where he was named an Honorable All-American, and graduated with a degree in media communications.

With a wide reach across the Tri-County area, WKEI will ensure that fans never miss a moment of the Bears’ thrilling games, both home and away. “As a Bears fan my entire life, I could not be more excited to have the Bears on WKEI,” said Sean Kernan, Morning Show Host on WKEI. “It’s also so exciting to think about the Tri-Counties communities tuning in to their radios to listen to Bears Football on WKEI.”

As part of this partnership, WKEI will also feature weekly updates from the Bears radio broadcast team, keeping you informed about your favorite team straight from the source. WKEI will also host special promotions, contests, and events to enhance the fan experience and foster a sense of camaraderie among the Bears faithful. 

WKEI invites all Chicago Bears fans to tune in to WKEI for live game coverage, expert analysis, and the latest updates throughout the 2023-2024 NFL season. Listeners can expect an exceptional radio experience that captures the excitement and passion surrounding the Bears and their quest for greatness.

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