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By RD Heldenfels Published: October 18, 2005

One of the landmarks in local TV history will be celebrated yet again, as the following release from Cleveland's WEWS (Channel 5) reveals. I wonder if Don Webster will dip into his fabulous turtleneck collection -- or even buy a new one.

NewsChannel 5 announces a special, one-night-only return of Upbeat, hosted by Don Webster, on Saturday, October 29th through a live concert at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  The concert will be simulcast on WEWS NewsChannel 5 from 8:00pm-9:00pm on October 29th, sponsored by Westfield Insurance.

Scheduled to appear are: Martha Reeves (Heatwave,) Ron Dante of The Archies (Sugar, Sugar,) Billy Preston (Nothing from Nothing,) Terry Sylvester of The Hollies (The Air that I Breathe,) Nelson (Love and Affection,) Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl,) Andy Kim (Rock Me Gently,)  Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad (Some Kind of Wonderful,) Candi Staton (Young Hearts Run Free,) Joey Molland from Badfinger (Come and Get It,) and Michael Stanley (He Can’t Love You.)  Don Webster, the original host of Upbeat will host the event.

From 1964-1971, the WEWS studios were home to Upbeat, one of America’s premier television shows.  The weekly music program, hosted by Don Webster, featured a host of superstars, up-and-comers, and one-hit-wonders.  From the first TV appearance of Simon and Garfunkel, to the last by Otis Redding, virtually every major rock, soul, jazz, country and pop artist performed on Upbeat.

The Upbeat concert is serving as a benefit for Partners for Potential, a local charity which seeks to assist the most promising urban youth, grades eight through twelve, to overcome personal and environmental barriers that have prevented them from growing into successful community and business leaders.  Tickets can be obtained at or by calling 440-995-6194.

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