Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Top of the Morning, Sept. 14, 2017

The sellout crowd at Tuesday's concert at the Virginia Theatre enjoyed the performance of both ZZ Top and the band's promoter.

PETER KERNAN took the stage to announce that hometown favorites REO Speedwagon would be returning to the Virginia on Feb. 8.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2017

Tuscola third-grader TAYLOR WILSON has mixed emotions as she readies for her first appearance in a parade.

"Excited and scared," she said. Scared because "people will be looking" at her. And excited because of the candy she "will get to eat."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 12, 2017

SHAWN HOEFER was not among the thousands of people who took in last weekend's Arcola Broom Corn Festival. The Arkansas man beat the crowd by hand-delivering his contest brooms earlier in the week.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 10, 2017

A group of area kids got to practice baseball with a Hall of Famer on Saturday.

Ozzie Smith, in town for a Friday night fundraiser, did just about everything but his signature backflip on a beautiful Saturday stopover at Zahnd Park in Champaign.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 9, 2017

If the University of Illinois goes ahead with a mascot, RALPH CAREY is available to help with ideas. He has UI ties, lives nearby and carries a rock-solid resume.

"Sure, have them call me," he said.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 7, 2017

Bement's do-it-all is trying her hand at something new this week: speech writing.

As part of Bement High School's Hall of Fame weekend, NANCY ARD will address the kids in school on Friday morning and alumni on Saturday night. It'd be easier if she didn't have to deliver separate speeches.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 6, 2017

Urbana native CHIP MARTEL is one of the world's best bridge players. He has a Wikipedia page to prove it.

But card-playing wasn't his first choice as a kid.

Mom "was quite happy when my hobby switched from making fireworks to playing bridge," he said.

Smart move.

'They can't get a mascot'

The "war chant" is gone. Is the "Three In One" halftime music also on the endangered list?

"Leave it alone," Loren Tate says in his weekly podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited.' "Why split the fandom, why have all this divisiveness over something when you don't have to? It's hard enough to bring fans together as one anyway. This really split them."

Top of the Morning, Sept. 5, 2017

Welcome back ...

... 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' on WDWS 1400-AM, which returned on Labor Day. Longtime hosts Jim Turpin and Loren Tate answered 16 calls, 24 texts and two emails before running out of time. Listen to the podcast at new-gazette.com.

NOW: Monday Morning QBs

What'd you think of the Ball State game? Still bummed about the war chant decision? Excited to see Kevin Hambly back in Huff Hall?

Loren Tate and Jim Turpin kick off another season of 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' at 9 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM.