Host of The Big 5 Show/Upbeat
Longtime weeknight weatherman
Host of the Ohio Lottery drawings
Host of Academic Challenge
Original host of the Morning Exchange
Original co-host of Live on Five
WEWS GM in the mid-late ’80s
About the only thing he didn’t do was sweep the floors.
Webster, Gib Shanley, Dorothy Fuldheim, and Ted Henry would make my WEWS Mount Rushmore.
Webster did so much at the station (along with “Upbeat”, “The Ohio Lottery Show”, “Academic Challenge”. He was also a booth announcer for a short time (during the late 1960’s) along with weatherman (until 1999) and station manager (during the 1980’s) at WEWS), he even took over hosting on “The Gene Carroll Show” in 1972, when the shows original host passed away that year. RIP Don Webster, you will be missed.
They better name something after him…if they could name their studio and newsroom after Lee Jordan and Leon Bibb respectively, a TV 5 O.G. like Don Webster deserves at least what you suggested.
Or at the very least far more than a collaborative plaque with the Rock Hall noting his contributions to both local television and rock music hosting “The Big 5 Show”/“Upbeat.” I mean, there’s also an Ohio Historical Society plaque recognizing Dorothy right outside the studios, which is to be expected, she was a legend and a trailblazer. But he did wayyy more than just that gig…
Also, it’s sad that WEWS apparently never preserved any of the episodes of Upbeat. A few clips here and there exist, but that’s about it. I’m hoping the Spero family (Herman and son David) were able to save as much as they could.
Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!