A couple News-Gazette Media notes:
— This morning on WDWS, longtime Illini radio voice DAVE LOANE announced his retirement. The longtime play-by-play man for UI volleyball, women's basketball and baseball joined sidekick and host DAVE GENTRY in our "Morning Show" studios to deliver the news.
— SCOTT BEATTY, host of "Sports Talk" on WDWS, is calling the NCAA men's gymnastics championships today for Fighting Illini Productions. Coverage can be seen on BTN2GO.
"I'm essentially a guide for the viewer," Beatty said. "But I'll stay away from analysis. You don't want me breaking down the technical elements of the pommel horse; I'll leave that to the experts."
Beatty will be working with current Illini gymnasts JUSTIN JEPSEN, DANIEL LASENBBY, SEBASTIAN QUIANA and ZACH TREADWAY.
Two six-team prequalifying sesssions are scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m. today at State Farm Center. Illinois is part of the second session that features four-time defending champion Oklahoma.
On to my weekend recommendations:
It has been a good week for Colbert, who earlier welcomed Trevor Noah, Gary Cole and Samantha Bee. Tonight's guests include Robert De Niro and Beth Behrs.
The underrated 2009 rom-com stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. It received 85 percent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence lead celebrities in a high-pressure cooking boot camp. Contestants include Morgan Fairchild, Jimmie Walker and Tonya Harding.