Top of the Morning, May 26, 2017

Top of the Morning, May 26, 2017

WDWS 1400-AM plans special coverage of today's memorial services for Dave Shaul. The longtime TV and radio announcer passed away Monday at age 75 after a battle with cancer.

At 7 p.m. today, the station will run taped coverage of the funeral, which is being held at Champaign's First Presbyterian Church. Speakers include former WCIA announcer John Paul. WDWS announcer Tim Ditman will record the service.

The idea came from producer/engineer Ed Bond. WDWS received permission from Shaul's family and the church, then started working on the logistics.

This is not the first time WDWS has carried coverage of a memorial service. After the death of former Illinois basketball assistant Wayne McClain, WDWS streamed coverage and ran a taped version later that night. The coverage received a positive response, especially from former players who couldn't get back for the services.

"We got many thanks for doing it," Ditman said.

On to my weekend recommendations:


"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"
10:30 p.m., NBC

Fallon isn't as political as other late-night hosts. He follows more the Johnny Carson model, loading up on showbiz guests. Comedian Jordan Peele ("Key and Peele," "Get Out") and actor Claire Foy ("The Crown") are scheduled for tonight.


"The Nutty Professor"
4:30 p.m., BET

Hard to believe it has been 21 years since the remake arrived in theaters. Eddie Murphy works well in the role originally played by Jerry Lewis.


Auto racing: Indianapolis 500
11 a.m., ABC

Loyal reader Troy Kester got after me for not including the great race in my weekly "From The Recliner." Actually, I was saving it for this. I have covered it a few times and had a blast. Attending the Indy 500 should be on every sports fan's bucket list.

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