Top of the Morning, Nov. 10, 2017

Top of the Morning, Nov. 10, 2017

DAVE LOANE can't be two places at once. That's where SCOTT BEATTY comes in.

With longtime WDWS announcer Loane scheduled to call Illinois volleyball matches in Michigan this weekend, he isn't available for the start of the Illinois women's basketball season.

Fellow DWS announcer Beatty will take Loane's place, starting with today's 1 p.m. game against Fort Wayne at State Farm Center. Beatty will call eight home games while Loane finishes the season with volleyball.

MIKE KOON will serve as Beatty's analyst for home games and will handle play-by-play on the road until Loane returns.

"I'm very excited," Beatty said. "It's very cool to be doing the first game that NANCY FAHEY is coaching."

This isn't Beatty's first play-by-play rodeo. Previously, he has called minor league baseball games in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Rockford. He has filled in for Loane in the past on Illinois baseball games. And he has called high school games for WDWS.

In the spring, Beatty will fill in for Loane on early-season Illinois baseball games. He will also call at least five Illinois softball games.

"I really enjoy the environment of the non-revenue sports," Beatty said. "They have a nice following."

On to my weekend recommendations:


"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," 10:30 p.m., CBS

Sorry if you missed the top guests earlier in the week, which included Jason Segel and William H. Macy. Tonight, Colbert welcomes comedian and writer John Mulaney, a Chicago native.


"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC

Tiffany Haddish, star of "Girls Trip," takes her first turn as host. Haddish is set to join Tracy Morgan in an upcoming TBS show. Taylor Swift is the musical guest.


"Ted," 4:30 p.m., FX

The idea sounds sweet and innocent: a teddy bear comes to life. But with Seth MacFarlane voicing the foul-mouthed stuffed animal and Mark Wahlberg as his owner, "sweet" is not the right word. Critics gave positive reviews to the 2012 film. It made enough money to produce a not-as-well-liked 2015 sequel.