“Ron & Jen’s Great Escape” – 1-19-2022 – Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien

by Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien, commentary


You know, I really hate paying more for something than it’s worth. It grates on my nerves. The sellers on EBAY always seem to get the better of me. EVERYTIME. EVERY DARN TIME. I try to haggle – just ain’t my thing. ANYWAY… last week as I popped into a grocery store and  perused the empty produce aisle and saw that everything was picked over or out of stock, I decided to make a b-line for the frozen veggie section and started checking out the options. I reflected on the history of frozen vegetables (I really did) and decided I truly appreciated having the opportunity to eat something good for me that was nicely packed on ice and with the flick of a switch on the microwave would be ready to eat in minutes! I opened the freezer door and started throwing stuff in my cart UNTIL (CUE DRAMATIC MUSIC)  I saw the prices. 9 dollars for a container of cauliflower rice. 7 smackers for a family cheesy broccoli, and don’t even get me started on the price of frozen edamame. Listen, I hate to complain but $21 for 3 packs of frozen veggies is a smidge insane. Terrified to hit the MEAT isle I wandered to the check out.

As I drove off with my frozen veggies and lint in my pocket, I yelled INFLATION SUCKS in my car. The bazillion year old driver next to me laughed and applauded. I smiled but thought “not so fast lady – next week I’m coming for you! INFLATION still sucks though… BIG TIME.


Representative David Bennett, a Democrat from Warwick, is proposing those little bottles of booze we call “NIPS” be outlawed in the Ocean State. Of course, House Bill 7064 which would ban the sale of “any sealable bottle, can, jar or carton” holding less than 100 milliliters of alcohol is a big hit with environmental groups that see it as a chance to cut down on one source of litter. Bennett asks, “what are they (nips) good for?” Well, Rep, allow us to step to the plate. First off, if you cook (as Ron does a lot and enjoys it) recipes often call for a splash of spirits and who wants to pony up big bucks for a large bottle? Secondly, it’ll hurt liquor stores financially and just send customers over the line to Massachusetts. Bennett’s warped wisdom continued with him saying, “they fit in your hands, so you can act like you’re coughing when you’re driving.” Did it ever dawn on him a driver could fill their travel mug to the brim with the adult beverage of their choice? Bottom line is while it may (stress may) be good for the environment, it’s BAD for business.


Bizzaro World resident Antonio Brown is trying to back pedal his remarks about former teammate Tom Brady. After Brown’s stunt of walking off the field during a recent Bucs’ game while stripping off his shirt and tossing it into the crowd and eventually getting cut by the team, he was quoted as saying of Brady, “To me, a friend is someone who has your back. Tom Brady’s my friend, why? Because I’m a good football player. He needs me to play football.” Now, Brown’s trying to spackle his remarks saying “I love Tom. That’s my guy. Don’t get it twisted. A lot of words were took out of substance.”  Its pretty clear Brown needed Brady much more than Brady needed him. It’s also clear Antonio cut English and grammar classes.

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Ron St. Pierre is a veteran broadcaster whose career has spanned over four decades. Ron has programmed, performed on and managed WHJJ, WPRO, WWRX, 790 The Score in Providence, as well as WBZT and WKGR in West Palm Beach and WABC in New York City. Ron also anchored sports on WPRI Ch 12 in Providence. He is a member of both the Rhode Island Radio and Television and the City of Pawtucket Halls of Fame. He was born and raised in Pawtucket.

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.

Hazel, Ron’s dog, makes regular appearances.

“Ron and Jen’s Great Escape” podcast, a more lighthearted reaction to the events happening around us, can be found on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts, with new episodes premiering Mondays and Wednesdays.