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Ron & Jen’s Great Escape, Sept. 13, 2023 – Ron St. Pierre and Jen Brien

by Ron St. Pierre and Jen Brien, commentary


You’d be hard pressed to find a political campaign that crashed and burned faster than that of Lt. Governor and Congressional District One candidate Sabina Matos. She was a strong front runner to win the Democratic nomination and replace David Cicilline in the House of Representatives. Clearly Matos ignored the advice of Thornton Melon to the graduating class of Grand Lake University…“Look out for number one but don’t step in number two!” She stepped in number two, alright… ankle deep, both feet. From a bogus count of how many politicos across the state who supported her, to allegations of fraudulent signatures that led to a State Police formal investigation to admitting not vetting the company they hired to do field work for her. Trifecta… game, set match and a fourth place finish. Now there’s word she and Governor Dan McKee, who hand-picked her when Gina Raimondo skipped town and he became Governor, are on the outs. On our September 7th YouTube podcast, we talked about what voters want of their candidates. They want people who are genuine and who are honest. She didn’t come close to checking off either box.


You’re gonna’ want to note this one on your calendar. On October 4th at 2:20 PM EST, there will be a nationwide emergency ALERT. Don’t freak out as it’s heard on your cell phone, radio, and TV. FEMA and the FCC are doing it to test the EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM and the WIRELESS ALERT SYSTEM. Dust off your air raid helmets.


The Rhode Island Radio and Television Hall of Fame will induct seven new members Thursday night, September 21st, at Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Pamela Watts, Danielle North, Gene Valicenti, the late Jack White, John Parente, Doug Palmieri, and Chris Camp will take their well deserved spots in the Hall. The event is open to the public and tickets are still available at No tickets will be sold at the door. If you’ve appreciated their work over the years, come celebrate with them!


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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 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 on NewsRadio 920 and 104-7 FM, Saturday morning, 7am!

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