The Beer, Wine & Spirits Radio Show
Tune in every Friday at 2:00PM to WSAR1480AM
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association is eager to announce the debut of “The Beer, Wine & Spirits” radio program on June 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm on WSAR1480AM and www.wsar.com. The Beer, Wine and Spirits show is part of MPSA’s year-round effort aimed at educating consumers to shop at independently owned retailers of beer, wine and spirits. For too long there has been an absence of a supportive voice within the media for independently owned retailers of beer, wine and spirits. Beginning this June, MPSA will be providing interesting and helpful content to consumers on a weekly basis that connects them to independently owned stores across Massachusetts and the country.
The Beer, Wine & Spirits Show will discuss products and services available at independent retail stores across Massachusetts. The show will also spotlight issues and news relevant to independent retailers and the Alcohol Beverages Industry. Moreover, the program will serve as an information resource directed by independent retailers to educate consumers about beer, wine and spirits. The show additionally serves as a platform for MPSA to communicate with all stakeholders about the value of independent retailers and the 3-tier system that supports the alcohol beverages industry in Massachusetts.
The format of the show is a weekly, hour long radio program produced and sponsored by MPSA in partnership with WSAR1480AM. It will air live on WSAR1480AM, www.wsar.com, and Facebook Live every Friday, from 2-3 p.m., beginning on June 7th. Podcasts of shows will be uploaded to YouTube and will be available for on demand download to MPSA members via the www.masspack.org website and www.wsar.com.
MPSA encourages the membership to get involved with The Beer, Wine & Spirits show by suggesting topics and serving as guests. Membership involvement will ensure the success of the program. Those who have suggestions should submit them to email@example.com or call the MPSA office at 508-366-1100. You may also wish to advertise with WSAR or call into a live airing of the show and take part in a discussion with a guest or panelist. So be sure to listen to The Beer, Wine & Spirits Show on WSAR1480AM every Friday at 2:00 p.m.
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2022 SHOWS LIST
January 28th “Drinks to Go.” There has been a lot of media coverage about “Drinks to Go.” The sunset on Drinks to Go is set for the end of June. Much of the media narrative has encouraged deregulation. Deregulation comes with a public safety cost that is overlooked.
2021 SHOWS LIST
October 22nd Ryan Maloney, President of the Massachusetts Package Stores Association, and owner of Julio’s Liquors will update listeners about the “21st Century Alcohol Retail Reform” initiative petition.
May 21st Rob Mellion is joined by MPSA President and owner of Julio’s Liquors, Ryan Maloney to discuss the push for deregulation of the Alcohol Beverage Industry and the push for “Cocktails to Go” to become permanent.
February 12th On this Special Valentines Day segment, guest, Judith Fabre McDonough, CEO of Mariposa Fine Wine & Spirits weighs in with her expertise on Champagnes for this romantic occasion and other special celebrations.
2020 SHOWS LIST
December 11th, 2020 Steven Rubin, owner of Huntington Wine & Spirits joins robe Mellion as today’s guest. Steve will discuss for the hour what beer, wine and spirits products at all price levels can make the best gift.
December 4th This shows special guest, features former Executive Director of MPSA for more than 20 years, Frank Anzalotti. Join Rob and Frank in this episode as they look back at 2020 and ahead during what will be a very interesting discussion on Beer, Wine & Spirits.
November 20th Marisa Sebastianelli, Director of Sales - Northeast at the Wines of Substance Company educates listeners about their portfolio of brands including Substance, VINO, K Syrah and many others.
October 23rd MPSA lobbyist, Atty. Roger Donoghue of Murphy Donoghue Partners will join Rob to discuss what actions on Beacon Hill are impacting the alcohol beverages industry and small businesses across the state.
October 16th Ryan Maloney, owner of Julio’s in Westborough and Presidents of Masspack, joins Rob to discuss how retailers have adjusted to operating as an essential service during the ongoing pandemic.
October 2nd John Bodnovich, Executive Director to the American Beverages Licensees. The ABL is the preeminent national trade association for retail beverage alcohol license holders across the US. John will discuss the plight of taverns and bars during the Covid-19 pandemic.
September 25th Rob’s guest Atty. Walter Sullivan. is a highly regarded attorney with a practice that concentrates on local and state regulations; and licensing of regulated industries, such as alcoholic beverages. He is also former Chair to the Board of Commissioners to the Alcohol Beverages Control Commission of Massachusetts.
September 18th Jarrod DiFranco, Market Manager at Devils River Whiskey is today’s guest. This program is about Devil's River Whiskey distilled in San Antonio, Texas and how Texas made whiskey is getting a lot of attention. We learn more about how Devil's River Whiskey is produced and spotlight several of their products.
September 11th Guest, David Roberts, Jr., Co-owner and Head Distiller at South Hollow Spirits joins Rob in this episode. New England in the pre-Prohibition era was a large producer of Rum and Gin. David and Rob discuss the history of these products, the story behind South Hollow Spirits, and the popularity of various products today.
July 17th Rob Mellion will discuss with Josh Hammond, President and Owner of Buster’s Liquors & Wines in Memphis, TN, some of the macro issues driving the volatility and changes within the alcohol beverages industry.
July 3rd The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is one of the primary groups working behind the scenes to end the tariff war. On this show we will take a deep dive into what is going on with tariffs by speaking with Chris Swonger, President and CEO of DISCUS.
June 19th Rob takes a deep dive into the disruption going on behind the scenes within the alcohol beverages industry using Covid-19 as a tool to repeal long-standing provisions aimed at protecting public safety.
May 29th Rob discusses why MA residents should vote "NO" to the "Expanded Alcohol Beverages Licenses Ballot Question" that deregulates retail alcohol licenses and dismantles critical public safety provisions.
May 8th The discussion revolves around THRIVE Marketing powered by 3 x 3 Insights. As the nation begins to re-open, the marketplace is evolving at lightspeed, our guests from 3 X 3 will discuss how Thrive Marketing can assist businesses in getting their messages out to consumers.
April 3rd Ryan Maloney, MPSA President and owner of Julio's Liquors joined Rob on the show and discussed talk the COVID-19 crisis and how retailers across the state are working overtime to safely provide beer, wine and spirits to customers.
January 31st Blaine Grinna, the Director of Retail Acquisition at Drizly will join Rob and introduce their e-commerce platform. Drizly, the Amazon of the spirits industry, is an alcohol E-commerce platform operating across the U.S. and Canada.
January 24th On today's program Rob will speak with Ryan Maloney, President of the Massachusetts Package Stores Association and the owner of Julio's Liquors in Westborough. Ryan will update listeners about efforts by MPSA to address tariffs, the Cumberland Farms ballot question and the legislative push by big businesses to take control of the AB marketplace.
January 17th On this week's program Rick Curtis of Curtis Liquors is the guest for the hour. Curtis Liquors served as a go-to retailer for craft beers, fine wine, and artisan spirits on the South Shore of MA for over 5 decades. Rick shares his insights with Rob about tariffs, direct shipping and many other issues.
January 10th Rob Mellion is joined by guest, Sam Hendler, co-founder of Jack's Abby Craft Lagers. Jack’s Abby has made a name for itself all across New England, and the world. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2019 SHOWS LIST
December 20th, 2019 Rob Burns, the Co-Founder & President of Night Shift Brewing Co. joins host Rob Mellion to discuss some challenges that are being faced by the craft beer industry as spiked seltzers continue to be market movers.
December 6th This is a SPECIAL EDITION discussion with Chris R. Swonger, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council. Chris Swonger is a long-time government affairs executive and an alcohol beverages industry veteran. He and Rob discuss the state of the AB Industry going into 2020.
November 15th This week’s discussion is about insurance needs for liquor stores. This can be a very complicated issue, but it is important. Rob is by Jason Rua, President & CEO at Rua Dumont Audet Insurance Agency, Inc.
September 27th Bill Kelley, President of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts and former General Counsel of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”), talks with Rob about the three-tier system.
August 16th Guest, Jason Ollerhead, owner/operator of Somerset Liquors and host, Rob Mellion discuss the history of this family owned and operated local business, and what makes them unique and successful in this competitive environment.
August 9th MPSA's President, Ben Weiner returns to the show. Among other topics, Ben and Rob discuss this week's decision by the SJC of Massachusetts against Total Wine & Spirits and answer other listener questions.he state.
July 26th MPSA's President, Ben Weiner returns to the show. Among other topics, Ben and Rob discuss this week's decision by the SJC of Massachusetts against Total Wine & Spirits and answer other listener questions.