'Conversations Live' on WPSU explores privatizing liquor stores

December 12, 2011

An old, but familiar debate is resurfacing among politicians in Harrisburg: should state-run liquor stores be privatized? With compelling arguments for each side, this hot-button issue continues to be in the forefront of discussions across the state.

Penn State Public Broadcasting’s Patty Satalia will explore the benefits and costs of privatizing liquor stores in Pennsylvania with panel members Dave DeSimone, Wendell Young and Jay Ostrich on "Conversations Live," an interactive call-in program.

The program will air at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, on WPSU-TV.

Dave DeSimone, wine cellar columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, is a member of the American Wine Society. He also can be heard daily on KQV Radio in Pittsburgh. DeSimone is a graduate of Harvard University and University of Pittsburgh School of Law. 

Wendell Young is president of Local 1766 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Philadelphia. Young has previously testified on behalf of the UFCW in front of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee on the controversial Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board privatization issue.

Jay Ostrich is the director of public affairs for the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives. Ostrich also currently serves as a captain in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 193rd Special Operations Wing, Middletown, Pa., where he is the chief of public affairs. During his time in service, Ostrich was recognized in 2008 as Feature Writer of the Year by the United States Air Force and three times for National Guard Bureau. 

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or by tweeting at WPSUconnect. 

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Last Updated December 14, 2011