Riverfest

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If you want to see the Western & Southern/WEBN-FM Fireworks this year, you’ll have to be near the Ohio River downtown on Sept. 6.

For the first time since 1984, WEBN-FM doesn’t have a TV deal for the hugely popular "last blast of summer."

For the first time since 1984, you might not be able to watch the WEBN-FM Riverfest fireworks on TV.

With the fireworks less than two months away, WXIX-TV (Channel 19) has ended its agreement with iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) to televise the annual “last blast of summer” and provide weather to WLW-AM (700).

“We have decided not to renew the deal,” said Debbie Bush, Channel 19 vice president and general manager. She took over the station in February from Bill Lanesey, who had obtained the fireworks and weather rights in 2010. “It didn’t make financial sense for us.”

On Thursday, WLW-AM newscasts started referring to forecasts from the “700 WLW weather center” instead of the Fox 19 Stormtracker center.

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This week's high temperatures are already causing headaches for travelers. AAA's Cheryl Parker reports roadside emergency assistance calls are up eight percent and flat tire calls are up 21 percent heading into the holiday weekend.

"If you have low tire inflation the heat can expedite the flattening of that tire and it can drain your battery terminal," says Parker. "Just like the heat affects your body when you don't get enough water or there's too much heat on your body, it does the same thing to your vehicle."

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Cincinnatians say goodbye to summer this weekend in the usual style with a half million people expected to pack both sides of the Ohio Sunday for Riverfest.

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If you're heading to Riverfest on Sunday, local officials say their advice is to arrive early to get the best parking and stake out a prime viewing spot for the fireworks.  Cincinnati Police Captain Kim Frey says most downtown streets will be open throughout the day, but there won't be any on-street parking throughout the downtown area south of Court Street:

"We have so many people that come down to Riverfest--probably on our side 200- to 250,000--and afterwards we like all those streets free and clear of everything so we can get people out as soon as possible."