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WBZ-TV AND BOSTON 4 PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR EXCLUSIVE JULY 4 BROADCAST OF THE 41ST ANNUAL BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

A FIRST-EVER WEBCAST OF THE BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR, SPONSORED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM, WILL STREAM LIVE ON WWW.CBSBOSTON.COM AND WWW.BOSTONPOPSJULY4TH.ORG BRINGING THE EVENT TO WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE

LEGENDARY ROCK GROUP, THE BEACH BOYS ALONG WITH TELEVISION & BROADWAY ACTRESS & SINGER MEGAN HILTY, THE PRINCIPALS FROM THE SPECTACULAR NEW PRODUCTION OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AND THE BOSTON CHILDREN��S CHORUS WILL PERFORM ON THIS YEAR'S SPECTACULAR. HOSTED BY WBZ-TV'S JONATHAN ELIAS AND LISA HUGHES AND FEATURING THE BOSTON POPS LED BY CONDUCTOR KEITH LOCKHART, SPONSORED BY LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE

BOSTON, MA, Monday, June 23- Boston 4 Productions (B4) and CBS Boston's WBZ-TV today announced plans to air the exclusive July 4 broadcast of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart.

This year's celebration marks the twelfth year that WBZ-TV has carried the program, which recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Event Coverage presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England. This year marks the 41st year that B4 has produced the event starring The Boston Pops and featuring the fireworks display broadcast live commercial-free by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

In addition, a webcast of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, a first for the event, will stream live on www.cbsboston.com and www.BostonPopsJuly4th.org to a worldwide audience. The webcast is sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

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The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be televised exclusively on CBS Boston's WBZ-TV from 8p.m.-11p.m. This year's program will be hosted by WBZ-TV News anchors Lisa Hughes and Jonathan Elias and will feature members of WBZ-TV News: WBZ-TV morning news anchors Kate Merrill and David Wade, evening anchors Paula Ebben and Jack Williams, Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher, and Sports Director Steve Burton. It will also air locally on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM hosted by Jordan Rich and WBZ's morning news anchor Joe Mathieu beginning at 7p.m. WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will also stream the entire event live on CBSBoston.com. Additionally, the audio of the broadcast can be heard live on the FM dial on 99.5 WCRB, WGBH's listener-supported classical radio station beginning at 8p.m. with Ron Della Chiesa and Laura Carlo.

"We're thrilled that WBZ-TV is continuing its commitment to broadcast the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for its huge fan base in Boston, Massachusetts, and New England," said Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart. "We're grateful for the continued support of Liberty Mutual Insurance, and thanks to the generosity of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, we couldn't be happier to announce the first-ever webcast of the event, giving us the potential of reaching millions of additional music-loving patriots throughout the country and beyond. That's great news for this country's leading Independence Day celebration!"

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is an annual, free outdoor Fourth of July concert at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade and is sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance, one of America's leading insurers, offering auto, home and life insurance for individuals and families, as well as a variety of insurance products and services for businesses.

The final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial-free by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

"We are happy to once again partner with WBZ-TV for the broadcast of The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular and give viewers a chance to celebrate at home on the 4th," said Executive Producer David G. Mugar. "In addition, this July 4th in Boston will mark 41 years of visitors coming to the Esplanade to hear great music, see a world-renowned fireworks show and be a part of this historic event in the City of Boston."

"For the twelfth consecutive year, WBZ-TV is proud to be the exclusive broadcaster of Boston's 4th of July concert and fireworks," said Mark Lund, President and General Manager of CBS Boston's WBZ-TV and myTV38 (WSBK-TV). "WBZ-TV has a long tradition of partnering with the region's premiere organizations on signature events, and we are especially pleased this year that the program can be enjoyed across CBS Boston's platforms: WBZ-TV, WBZ NewsRadio, and cbsboston.com."

Boston 4 Productions thanks the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Conservation and Recreation, Governor Deval Patrick, and Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jack P. Murray, for their support.

In addition to Executive Producer David G. Mugar who produces The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular broadcast and live event, Michael Mathis of IMG Media and Sheryl Bourisk for WBZ- TV will produce the telecast seen on WBZ-TV Boston.

Rich MacDonald and Pamela Picard serve as Event Producer and Broadcast Supervising Producer respectively. Ro Dooley Webster is Broadcast Supervising Producer for CBS Boston.

This year's Spectacular will keep alive several of the Boston holiday traditions including the Pops' now classic Independence Day rendition of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, which features real cannons, the live ringing of area church bells and fireworks. Also The Stars & Stripes Forever, which includes the ceremonial American flag drop and confetti shot. The Spectacular will be capped off by a magnificent fireworks array that fills the skies above Boston with a stunning exhibition of color and breathtaking pageantry.

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About Boston 4 Productions

Boston 4 Productions' Fourth of July event was founded in 1974 by then Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler and Boston businessman David G. Mugar. While Fiedler had been conducting Esplanade concerts since 1929, the idea of adding fireworks, cannons and bells sparked new life into the well-known musical event. Now marking its 41st year, the event attracts over 500,000 people to Boston's Charles River Esplanade and is once again produced and coordinated by Boston 4 Productions, the production arm of the non- profit organization Boston 4 Celebrations Inc. Visit the event website at www.july4th.org.Find us on Facebook at Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular follow us on Twitter @bostonjuly4th.

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CONTACTS:

Ro Dooley Webster
CBS Boston's WBZ-TV & myTV38
617-787-7083 / rcdooley@cbs.com
Jessica Cremin, Associate Producer
Boston 4 Productions
617-314-6765 / jcremin@mugar.com
Bernadette Horgan and David McCadden
Boston Pops
617-638-9288 / dmccadden@bso.org