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“Ron & Jen’s Great Escape” – 10-13-2021 – Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien

Haunting E-Mails

’Tis the season for haunting. Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned this week after e-mails from 2011 to 2018 surfaced in which he used racist, homophobic and misogynistic language. An e-mail from a decade ago used racist language about NFL players’ union head DeMaurice Smith, who is black, saying he has “lips the size of Michelin tires.” Before Gruden could utter the “that was a decade ago and I’ve changed” defense, more recent e-mails surfaced saying the NFL Comish, Roger Goodell, shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to draft, quote, “queers” referring to Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. Gruden’s resignation statement claimed “I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone. I had no racial intention with those remarks at all. I’m not like that at all.”

Sorry, coach… err, former coach… we beg to differ.

Buy Early and Often

Amazon is apparently trying to avoid supply chain issues early by offering BLACK FRIDAY worth deals NOW. The online retail giant announced Epic deals with deep discounts in every category,  including its own devices. On select days throughout this month and November, Amazon says brands including Apple, KitchenAid, Hasbro, Sony, and Bose will offer limited time deep discounts.

New Thanksgiving Traditions?

A Jennie-O One Poll (they’re the folks who make Turkey products) asked people what they think Thanksgiving will be like the year. 62% say it will be “close to normal” while 57% are looking at video chats for family gatherings. Those polled also think the pandemic will motivate folks to cook more dishes for the day and being adventurous in food choices is apparently a new trend. Sorry, but we’re not adventurous enough to reach for the dreaded Green Bean Casserole or Ambrosia Salad.

A Sign of the Times

A new CBS News poll finds most Americans haven’t handwritten a letter on paper in more than 5 years… OR, never have.

Trick or Treat Eats

If you want to know what Trick or Treaters want the most, the fav candy in RI is a TWIX bar. However, Instacart doesn’t rank TWIX in its top 7 most sought after delights. Peanut M&Ms come in at number 1, followed by plain M&Ms, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Twizzlers, Snickers, and Kit Kat. Somehow the dreaded Candy Corn slides in at number 8.

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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.

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