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by Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien, commentary
WILL THE MYSTERY GUEST SIGN IN PLEASE
Thus far, Rhode Island’s GOP gubernatorial candidate cupboard is bare. Early this month House Minority Leader Blake Filippi removed his name as a potential candidate and then there were none. Nothing… nada…. zilch. RI State GOP Chair Sue Cienki says her party does have a candidate, and it’s not Filippi, but says there is no rush to let the voting public see behind the curtain. Cienki says it’s better to let the crowded field of Democrats duke it out and empty their campaign coffers early. The suspense is almost Hitchcockian… NOT.
After 18 years with Fox News, Chris Wallace is leaving; and for of all places, CNN. He’ll be joining CNN’s new streaming platform CNN+ as an anchor when it launches next year. Fox has been hounded by internal conflicts reportedly stemming from disputes over its “balance” between news and commentary. Are hosts who express their opinions on subject matter they’re reporting on “journalists” in the purest sense of the word? Who can really tell anymore?
JETS AND SHARKS STINKBURGER
With little to no competition at the box office last weekend, Steven Spielberg’s movie adaptation of WEST SIDE STORY was a complete flop at the box office. Although it topped the box with $10 point five million in earnings on its opening weekend, it’s dwarfed by the $100 million plus it cost to make.
“THIS WILL BE BRIEF”
WHY? JUST WHY?
WHY REMAKE A CLASSIC?
WHY DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND THIS TIK TOK GENERATION?
WHO THOUGHT A 100 MILLION DOLLAR MUSICAL WAS A SWELL IDEA?
RITA MORENO? SINGING? SHE’S 90. NO MILLENNIAL KNOWS WHO THE HELL SHE IS!
HEY… SPIELBERG – ENOUGH.
WE WANT MORE DINOSAURS.
MORE DISNEY WOKENESS
Disneyland plans to tone down Toon Town’s Jessica Rabbit as the character takes on a new gig. The sultry cartoon singer (originally voiced by actress Kathleen Turner of BODY HEAT fame) is donning a detective’s trench coat and fedora, covering up her signature strapless red dress. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin attraction’s the latest to undergo a refurbishing to remove “outdated” and “problematic” scenes joining Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain and Jungle Cruise. Walt’s spinning in his grave.
BYE BYE TO TWO RI ICONS
Adios to East Greenwich’s BEACON DINER and the iconic KIPS on Armistice Blvd in Pawtucket. Ron was born and raised in THE BUCKET (he’s allowed to call it that as he’s in the City of Pawtucket Hall of Fame) and ordered many a “gagger” (that’s a weiner, or as his parents called them, “weinies”) ALL THE WAY (that’s with plenty of onions) with a coffee milk. Both will be missed!
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.