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WKRC-TV, WEBN-FM Plan For Sunday's Fireworks


If you're not heading to the Ohio River banks Sunday, here are the broadcasting plans for the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks on WEBN-FM (102.7) and WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

WEBN-FM will celebrate its 40th annual fireworks with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks choreographed to a "40 years of fireworks themed soundtrack" on the radio station, WEBN-FM announced in July.

The fireworks will air at 9:05 p.m. Sunday.

Credit WEBN-FM
2016 Western & Southern/WEBN fireworks logo

WEBN-FM: The 10-hour party starts with a live noon broadcast of the "KiddChris Show" from the Serpentine Wall.

The station promises "activities for all ages, interactive fun zones, and local restaurant and retailer vendor booths including: Hubert’s Lemonade Beach and Misting Tunnel; Jetpack Water Adventures Demos on the Ohio River provided by Dick’s Last Resort; the 40 Years of Fireworks Museum; and aircraft flyovers by the Cincinnati Warbirds, TristateWarbird Museum and the Commemorative Air Force."

The Kroger Activity Zone schedule: WLW-AM's Bill "Seg" Dennison (noon-2 p.m.), Xavier cheerleaders (2-3 p.m.), Jim Scott (2-4 p.m.), UC Bearcats mascot (3-4 p.m.), Cincinnati Bengals Who Dey mascot (3:30-4:30 p.m.), FC Cincinnati players and marketing team (4-5 p.m.), Cooking with Caitlin (4-6 p.m.), Cincinnati Reds Rosie and Mr. Red Legs mascots (4:30-6:30 p.m.), FC Cincinnati coaches (6:30-8 p.m.), free face painting and kids coloring contest.

Hubert’s Lemonade Pavilion Stage at Sawyer Point with Kiss 107/102.3 The Beat/The Project 100.7/106.3: Matt Thomas (1-1:30 p.m.); Daniel in Stereo (1:45-2:30 p.m.);  Amazing Urban Adventures (2:45-3 p.m.); Systems Go Air Force Band of Flight (4-5:10 p.m.); Alex Angelo (5:45-6:15 p.m.); Jordan Fisher (6:30-6:50 p.m.); Daya (7-7:20 p.m.);  Jacob Whitesides (7:30-8 p.m.);  102.7 WEBN (8-9:35 p.m.).

For more Riverfest info, see WEBN-FM'sFireworks F.A.Q.

WKRC-TV: After a one-year absence, the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks return to television as a live one-hour Channel 12 special at 9 p.m.

Channel 12 viewers will see mostly fireworks since the show is only an hour, instead of the two-hour show Cincinnati TV viewers usually watched until 2015 with lots of time-filling features, crowd interviews and Riverfest highlights taped earlier in the day.

Main anchors Rob Braun and Cammy Dierking will host the show from Newport on the Levee. "Good Morning Cincinnati" host Sheila Gray will report fan reaction from Northern Kentucky, and Bob Herzog will report from the Cincinnati riverbank.

Todd Marrington will direct the telecast using seven cameras, including one on a fireworks barge. Doug Lillibridge is executive producer.

This is the 40th annual fireworks, which started on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1977, to celebrate the station's 10th anniversary. WEBN-FM went on the air at 5:45 a.m. on Aug. 30, 1967, playing owner Frank Wood Sr.'s favorite music – classical music.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.