“Ron & Jen’s Great Escape” 8-25-2021 – Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien

by Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien

Se Souvenir Henri

We wonder if local meteorologists and reporters have any disdain towards Jim Cantore and The Weather Channel for stealing the spotlight during major local weather events? This is the kind of stuff that can disrupt our nighttime slumber. While some may feel coverage of Henri was overdone, just as many subscribe to the idiom “it’s better to be safe than sorry.” Washington County residents got whacked the worst with the majority of power outages hitting that area. Governor Dan McKee, while praising National Grid’s efforts of power restoration, wondered aloud about the bigger picture efforts of the company, pointing out the number of outages in Rhode Island was 20 times higher than those in Massachusetts in a per capita comparison, and 15 times higher than those in Connecticut. He’s got a point.

I’LL Take Sexist Comment for 200

Mike Richards didn’t hold down the Jeopardy host too long. The Executive Producer of the game show was elevated to host, only to quickly step down after derogatory comments he made on a podcast called THE RANDUMB SHOW eight years ago resurfaced. Richards mocked women’s weight calling one model a “booth slut” and repeatedly praising “the average white guy host.” The search for a new host reportedly continues with former contestant Ken Jennings and the BIG BANG THEORY’S Mayim Bialik the front runners.

Drawing the Line on Pumpkin Spice

The all things pumpkin spice season’s here. Starbucks and Dunkin’ have ramped up the pumpkin spice game with coffees, lattes, muffins and donuts all flavored with fall’s fav flavor, but at some point you gotta hold the line. Case in point, Hop online reports there are now several pumpkin spice scented face masks to choose from. Yup, pumpkin scented face masks. You can choose from reusable or a one-timer. We’re all for an occasional pumpkin spice coffee, but a pumpkin spice face mask on a 5 hour flight to Aruba? No thanks.

Covid Clips

The TSA has extended the federal mask mandate on flights UNTIL AT LEAST January 2022 and American Airlines is extending its ban of serving alcohol on flights to January 18th 2022.

It was only a matter of time before the cottage industry of COVID Vaccine record protectors surfaced. As the need to show proof you’ve been vaccinated seems to be extending past concerts and flights, there are now sleeves and covers you can buy to protect them. Amazon has a bunch online and we’re sure you’ll soon find them everywhere. It’s a good idea to take a picture of your card, too, and keep it handy on your phone.

Texas End Around

The Paris Independent School District in Texas has made face masks part of its school dress code, viewing it as a possible loophole around Republican Governor Gregg Abbott’s statewide ban on mask mandates. Of course, here in Rhode Island, Governor Dan McKee shifted his position last week issuing an Executive Order requiring all students to wear masks in schools this fall. The move certainly got individual school supers off the hook but I’m sure it didn’t go over big with every parent.

Good News For Toy Lovers

After declaring bankruptcy three years ago, TOYS R US is attempting a comeback, opening up in 400 Macy’s stores just in time for Christmas. The new stores will be built within existing Macy’s stores and mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe will be back to welcome shoppers. Meanwhile Target is making it easier for folks to get their favorite Disney products by expanding in-store Disney shops to 100 locations. No word yet on whether local Macy’s and Target stores are included.


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.