Breakfast, celebrities and radio. To T.O.T.M. that is the Triple Crown of fun for a busy Saturday.
You can get all three at the 20th annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday at Bromley Hall.
The food part will cost you $6 (all-you-can-eat). A bargain, even by Loren Tate standards.
Tate and on-air cohort Steve Kelly will air their popular "Saturday SportTalk" show during the pancake eating (9-11 a.m. on WDWS 1400-AM). Guests include former Illini coach LOU HENSON at 9 a.m. and Illinois AD Mike Thomas at 10.
Proceeds from the event go to community organizations supported by Kiwanis.
Wes Curtis, Kiwanis president at the time, came up with the idea for the breakfast in 1995. Since that first year, more than $80,000 has been for Kiwanis charities. That's a lot of pancakes, butter and syrup. And it is making T.O.T.M. hungry.
Enough with the culinary talk. What are you going to do with your TV time? Here are a few suggestions. Pancakes optional.
7 p.m., WAND (NBC)
Normally, we would blow past most of the network news shows. But the smart folks at NBC came up with a catchy name for the episode: "The Secrets of Cottonwood Creek." Apparently, our hero Lester Holt will tell us all about the murder of a prominent doctor. At some place called Cottonwood Creek (it's in Colorado). The story has been told in detail before by "48 Hours" on CBS. We will see if NBC has something new.
"Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust — The Bridge to Russia"
10 p.m., WILL (PBS)
First, a disclaimer: T.O.T.M., likes the Piano Man. A lot. The concert is from 1987 and the footage is a combination of songs and chats from Joel, band members and Christie Brinkley. Joel probably overplays his importance, but the concert was a breakthrough at a tricky time in U.S.-Russian relations. Might be time to send Joel back for another show.
"Halt and Catch Fire"
9 p.m., AMC
Every summer has a breakout hit. Often, not from one of the big four networks. Apparently, Halt has the best shot to be the next must-see show. The subject is right in T.O.T.M.'s wheelhouse: the 1980s. Lee Pace stars as the leader of a computer company. Doesn't sound very exciting, but Pace's character Joe apparently has some flaws. Of course he does.