Top of the Morning, Jan. 11, 2019

Top of the Morning, Jan. 11, 2019

Are you ready for some baseball?

WDWS 1400-AM sure is. The Champaign radio station — part of News-Gazette Media — will again carry Illinois baseball games this season. Dan Hartleb's team opens Feb. 15 against Georgetown in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The team also has early trips to Boca Raton, Fla.; Conway, S.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Phoenix.

The home opener is March 15 against Southern Illinois.

Dave Loane returns for his 31st year as Voice of the Illini.

"I love being a part of the Illinois baseball program," Loane said. "Itch (Jones) has treated me so well, and Danny is the best.

"It's a family."

Because of his work with women's basketball, Loane will miss the early trips. Scott Beatty will handle the coverage until Loane returns.

"Scott does a great job, and he has done a lot of baseball games in the minor leagues," Loane said.

Retired News-Gazette baseball beat writer Jeff Huth is expected to continue as analyst.

"That's one of the best decisions I ever made was to invite Jeff Huth to do color commentary with me," Loane said.

On to my weekend recommendations:


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

Guest Michael B. Jordan had a very good year, starring in hits "Creed 2" and "Black Panther."


Colts at Chiefs, 3:30 p.m., NBC

If the Bears had knocked off the Eagles, their playoff game would have been picked. With no Chicago, might as well go with nearby Indianapolis. Andrew Luck and pals are a lot of fun to watch.


"Critics' Choice Awards," 6 p.m., CW

Actor Taye Diggs hosts the 24th annual event, which honors the best in film, television and streaming. Best picture nominees include "Black Panther," "Green Book," "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Vice."

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