A man in sunglasses, Ron St. Pierre, holding a glass of beer.

A shock to the system – Jen Brien

by Jen Brien

“A Shock to the System” is, coincidentally, one of Ron’s favorite movies, and I would guess it’s exactly how many people are feeling right now due to his sudden passing.

I am not really able to say much this week as I’m processing this and trying to make sense of not being able to say goodbye. I can only say these things from my heart at the moment –

Ron was one of the best friends I’ve ever had. We had such great chemistry on air, and we laughed – A LOT.  Ron gave me my first job in radio, taught me everything I know about radio, and he never, ever, gave up on me. Ever. I will have an empty space in my heart for the rest of my life. I’ll miss him dearly.

Next week, I will write more.



RINewsToday’s announcement of Ron’s passing:

“Ron & Jen’s Great Escape” columns can be accessed, here:

Jen Brien has over 20 years of radio broadcast experience having hosted shows on WPRO and WHJJ with Ron as well as her own shows on WRKO and WBZ in Boston, WXTK on Cape Cod and WHAM in Rochester, New York. Jen was born and raised in Woonsocket and served six years in the Army MP Canine Unit.

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  1. Jack Lancellotta on March 14, 2024 at 6:01 am

    Yes – hearing such sorry and saddened news about Mr. Ron St. Pierre – certainly tops in his communications-broadcasting fields … recognizable icon visual or sound .. carrying a extremely friendly persona .. GOD Bless Ron, his many friends and family .. in this most reflective Lenten time – ‘peace’

  2. Rhonda on March 13, 2024 at 1:56 pm

    Heartbroken for you, my friend and his family. It’s difficult making friends with “our” complicated brains… losing a very special one leaves a huge vacuum.
    Love you! Stay strong!

  3. Linda Frattura on March 13, 2024 at 10:08 am

    Dear Jen:
    Sorry for your loss. Be at peace because Mr St Pierre is at peace.

    • Arthur A. Rice on March 13, 2024 at 1:26 pm

      Good morning Jen. So sorry to hear about Mr. St. Pierre passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Ron a couple of times, he helped me with publishing information on youth sports groups. He was so knowledgeable on sports! Pleasure listening to him on the radio
      First class individual person. Jen, looking forward to reading your writings in the future. Sincerely Arthur A. Rice

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