Top of the morning, Dec. 24, 2013
Something to get you going today, courtesy executive editor Jim Rossow.
A penny for his thoughts
We turned to Jim Turpin, in his 36th year at WDWS 1400-AM, for his top local stories in 2013. And for what the host of "A Penny For Your Thoughts" thinks will top the charts in 2014.
"Hopefully, it will be the rejuvenation of the Illinois football program," Turpin said. "Hopefully."
His picks in '13:
1. Gifford tornado. "From a news standpoint, virtually every day I was hearing from not only the people directly affected but from all the people who were raising money and volunteering."
2. Illinois student Tatyana McFadden's grand slam in wheelchair racing. "None of our other great wheelchair racers did that."
3. St. Joseph-Ogden's title-game run in football. "Adding to another year of all-around sports excellence at that school."
4. Illinois' win against No. 1 Indiana on Tyler Griffey's buzzer-beating layup. "As far as shots to end a game, I'd rank it only behind Nick Anderson's shot at Indiana (in 1989) and Andy Kaufmann's shot at the Hall (to beat Iowa in '93)."
Speaking of radio ...
Our radio operation's version of Dial-a-Carol starts at noon today on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM.
During the annual "36 Hours of Christmas," we'll take your holiday requests by phone at 217-351-9797. While the folks in studio won't sing like those smooth-sounding Illinois students we wrote about earlier this month, they will get your favorites on air — at any hour.