Don Webster, a longtime meteorologist at News 5 Cleveland and host of popular shows, died Thursday, the station reported. He was 79.

"A legend has left us," said News 5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson.

Webster’s 35-year career at Beacon Journal partner News 5 began in 1964, when he was recruited as young talent.

During his time with the station, he hosted the popular variety show “Upbeat,” which featured rock ‘n’ roll stars of the time. Webster hosted some of the biggest acts in history, including The Beatles, the Chad Mitchell Trio (featuring John Denver), Otis Redding, Simon and Garfunkel, the Animals, and Sly and the Family Stone.

Webster was asked by Dick Clark to take his popular variety show national, but he decided to stay in Cleveland.

Webster was part of another show that would go to serve as a model for popular national programming. He was one of the original hosts of “The Morning Exchange,” the longest-running local daily talk show of its kind. Webster co-anchored "The Afternoon Exchange," which later became "Live on 5." He was also a longtime host of "Academic Challenge," News 5's quiz show for high school students.

Webster was inducted into the Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 1994.

Read and watch more about Webster from News 5 Cleveland here.