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“Ron & Jen’s Great Escape” – Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien

by Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien

BAD OPTICS IN BRISTOL

The super of the Bristol-Warren Regional School District finally did the right thing announcing the first day of school will NOT be on the first day of Rosh Hashanah despite the school committee’s unwillingness to change the date. Supt. Jonathan Brice basically saying it’s important that for this year Rosh Hashanah be observed just as Good Friday is observed. The first day of school will now be Wednesday September 8th. This has been a hot potato issue for weeks in a town that had no issue moving its 4th of July parade to a Monday (July 4th falling on a Sunday this year) to respect the community of people who attend church on Sunday. Talk about tone deaf.

BAD BEHAVIOR

What is it that drives individuals these days to do crazy things? The summer heat? The need to be seen? The want of celebrity? Fifteen minutes of fame? Pandemic cabin fever?  We don’t know for sure but the crazy business sure is picking up! Recently a millennial had to be duct taped to her seat aboard an American Airlines flight after insisting she needed to disembark IN MID FLIGHT. Lots of craziness seems to be centered around fast food. Full out brawls over the last chicken nugget… patrons returning with shotguns because someone forgot the “special sauce” … and perhaps our personal fav, an employee manning the drive thru being yanked out that tiny window because somehow cheese was forgotten on a burger. People! Relax, calm down, deep breaths… have a cream soda.

OLYMPIAN HURDLES

The Summer games are scheduled to begin Friday in Tokyo and positive COVID cases have already sprung up. Two South African soccer players became the first athletes inside the Olympic Village to test positive along with a team video analyst. They’ve all been moved to an isolation facility. An alternate on the US Women’s Gymnastics team has also tested positive plus members of South Africa’s rugby team. Probably more between the time I write this, and you read it. The Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay is set to house 11,000 Olympians and THOUSANDS of support staff. Tokyo reported 1,008 new positive COVID cases in the city Sunday; making it five straight days of over 1,000 cases reported. Opening ceremonies and the events themselves will be held before empty stands to see if the Olympic Bubble can protect all participants during this state of emergency. My guess is that bubble is about to go – POP.

HEY NOW!

In an effort to decrease COVID 19 transmission, 18,000 cardboard beds have been set up for Olympians to sleep on. This is aimed at avoiding intimacy among athletes as the beds are designed to withstand the weight of just one person.

NO SEAT FOR YOU!

That dope in the Bronx who threw a baseball that hit Red Sox left fielder, Alex Verdugo, in the back over the weekend at Yankee Stadium has been banned for life from the House That Ruth Built. Verdugo has engaged in a little light trash talking with Yankee fans over the last two series from his outfield position.  He should know better than to poke the bear… especially bears that are half in the bag.

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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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