2018 Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks Entertains Hundreds of Thousands

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Bringing free, family-friendly entertainment to about a half-million people, the 42nd Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks took place on Sept. 2 on the Ohio River in Cincinnati. The 30-minute show was part of the Riverfest celebration, a Labor Day weekend tradition in Cincinnati, and featured Rozzi's Famous Fireworks choreographed to a WEBN soundtrack with a space theme.

According to the Sept. 3 Cincinnati Enquirer article, “WEBN/Western & Southern put on another crowd-pleasing Riverfest fireworks show,” many people went to social media to express their positive reactions such as “amazing show” and “it just gets better and better every year.”

Western & Southern has been the fireworks co-title sponsor with local radio station WEBN (102.7 FM), an affiliate of iHeart Media, since 2015. The fireworks show provides a vehicle for local charities to raise millions of dollars and generates about $20 million in revenue to the community.

"Western & Southern has been and remains committed to making Cincinnati the best place to live, work and enjoy life," said John F. Barrett, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Western & Southern. "From our support of initiatives that promote health and higher education to our sponsorship of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, we continue to strive to make Cincinnati the most wonderful city in America. Our decision to partner with iHeart Media Cincinnati is another example of this commitment."

Local 12’s Joe Webb interviewed Barrett on Aug. 28 about the Western & Southern/WEBN fireworks, Western & Southern, and the importance of keeping Cincinnati traditions alive. In that interview, Barrett emphasized that doing charitable work “makes us a better company.”  

About Western & Southern Financial Group

Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, and celebrating 130 years this year, Western & Southern Financial Group, Inc. (Western & Southern), a Fortune 500 company, is now the parent company of a group of diversified financial services businesses. Its assets owned ($48.3 billion) and managed ($26.2 billion) total $74.5 billion as of June 30, 2018. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain very strong financial ratings. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;1 IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC;1 Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;1 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;2 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.;2 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. Find more information on the Western & Southern family of companies. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of six major community events every year, including the Western & Southern Open, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world’s top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.

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