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Ron & Jen’s Great Escape, 9-28-2022 – Ron St. Pierre and Jen Brien

by Ron St. Pierre and Jen Brien, commentary


With less than six weeks to go before the general election, you can expect a blitzkrieg  of  TV political ads… hard to imagine a bigger bombardment than what we’ve already suffered through.  Public matching funds have opened to stuff even more dough into political campaigns. The race for Governor has expectedly gone negative with Governor Dan McKee and his GOP opponent Ashley Kalus dropping ash cans on each other. Kalus’ performance on Ch 12’s NEWSMAKERS program last weekend was less than stellar. It’ll be interesting to see how the political newbie fares on the debate stage against the veteran McKee. Ch 12 has a debate between the two scheduled for October 11th.


What started off with Pumpkin Spice Lattes and coffees in the fall has developed into a conga line of pumpkin spice products over the years. While some are welcome additions, others are just plain GROSS…. Let’s take a look:

– Pumpkin Spice Dog Treats from Milk-Bone. Does your dog REALLY crave such biscuits?  We give this one a big PAWS DOWN.

– Pumpkin Spice Spam – People either love or hate the “meat product”. Someone within the Spam brain trust thought it would be even more appealing (or flat out disgusting) in a pumpkin spice flavor.

– Pumpkin Spice Gum – Big pumpkin spice fans can now have the flavor in their mouths all day long wherever they go. Simply Gum’s pumpkin spice chewing gum is an all natural product featuring pumpkin, nutmeg, and clove.

– Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder and Shakes – nothing better after a brisk workout than cannon balling one of these beauties.


President Biden hosted the World Champion Atlanta Braves at the White House this week. During the celebration, Biden paid tribute to the team, the late great Hank Aaron and the team’s history. The President had no problem saying “Braves” many times. In a bizarre timing twist (and this administration certainly has had MANY of those) just a few hours later, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre encouraged the Braves to have a “conversation” about changing the team’s nickname. The team has carried the name Braves since 1912 when it played in Boston. Apparently, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre how Biden felt about the “tomahawk chop” fans perform at Atlanta homes games. That’s when she brought up a possible name change. We ask what exactly is offensive about the name, Braves? What was offensive about the nickname “Indians” that Cleveland jettisoned to become the (lame name) “Guardians”?  Are native Americans and indigenous people REALLY outraged by all this?


The football game nobody gave a rat’s patoot about has now become just a memory. The NFL Pro Bowl, the league’s version of an all star game, has been put out of its (actually, ours, and players alike) misery. The league will now try to milk a week-long “all-star showcase” out of it instead. Rebranded as “The Pro Bowl Games”, it will culminate with a flag football game between the AFC and NFC . Before that, the week will feature skills competitions and what the league calls “other events.” The Pro Bowl games will start February 5th in Las Vegas. Note to the NFL: NOBODY will care about this either.


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 look at the events happening around us, can be found on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts, with new episodes premiering each Wednesday and listen to Ron and Jen’s Great Escape call in radio show Friday afternoons 2 til 4 on 101.1 FM, 1540 WADK and streaming everywhere on WADK.COM.

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