The Beer, Wine & Spirits Radio Show
Tune in every Friday at 1:00PM to WSAR1480AM
The Massachusetts Package Stores Association debuted “The Beer, Wine & Spirits” radio program on June 7, 2019 at WSAR1480AM | FM95.9 and www.wsar.com. The Beer, Wine and Spirits show is part of MassPack’s year-round effort aimed at educating consumers to shop at locally owned retailers of beer, wine and spirits. Episodes feature interesting and helpful content on a weekly basis that connects consumers to suppliers and locally owned stores across Massachusetts and the country.
The format of the show is a weekly, hour long program produced and sponsored by MassPack. The Beer, Wine & Spirits Show is aired live on WSAR1480AM | FM95.9, which directly serves southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is also streamed live on Facebook Live and www.wsar.com.
MassPack additionally records the show for podcast distribution that is downloadable on www.wsar.com and the www.masspack.org websites. Over 22,000 people listen to the live broadcast. Many more download the podcasts. Retailers from Massachusetts and across the country listen to the program every week.
Industry participation ensures the success of the program. MassPack encourages the membership and participants within the alcohol beverages industry to get involved with The Beer, Wine & Spirits show. Members, suppliers and wholesalers are welcome to suggest topics and serve as guests. Those who have suggestions or an interest in being a guest should contact MassPack at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the MassPack office at 508-366-1100. Stores and Affiliate members may also wish to advertise with WSAR or call into a live airing of the show to take part in a discussion.
Be sure to listen to The Beer, Wine & Spirits Show on WSAR1480AM every Friday at 1:00 p.m. Click the links below to watch and listen to previous episodes:
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.
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 MassPack 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.
March 26th - Question & Answer Episode with Rob Mellion
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.
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 MassPack 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.