Top of the Morning, Aug. 8, 2014
Weekend TV guide
Thanks to Lou Liay for letting us know about the passing of Illinois alum and broadcasting great Jess Marlow, who died Sunday at 84.
Marlow was born in Salem, but lived in Tuscola during his UI years. Marlow spent four decades as a news anchor in Los Angeles, starting in the 1950s. A classic broadcaster with a sterling reputation, Marlow covered politics and reported from Vietnam and the Soviet Union.
When Marlow retired, it was big news, with Tom Brokaw, Connie Chung and other greats attending his farewell party. Marlow was popular enough to earn his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Liay says Marlow was proud that he helped pay for college by working on the railroad.
Television was good to Marlow, and it will be good to readers this weekend:
"CBS This Morning"
7 a.m., WCIA (CBS)
Normally we would never make you wake up this early. But Mick Jagger is a guest along with film producer Brian Grazer. They are responsible for the movie "Get On Up," a biopic on singer James Brown. It took years to get made, but Jagger and Grazer found the right star in Chadwick Boseman. Could be an Oscar coming.
1 p.m., WCIA (CBS)
The one nod to sports during the weekend and only because it is "Moving Day" at the final major of the season. This is when the tournament is won or lost, unless Rory McIlroy is already up by 15 shots.
"Teen Choice Awards"
7 p.m., WCCU (Fox)
Sarah Hyland of "Modern Family" should be great as host based on her other talk show appearances. For older folks like T.O.T.M., it is a chance to find out what is cool with kids these days. Probably not the word "cool."