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It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood!

As you may know, I was born an raised in Pittsburgh, PA….I, along with many of you, grew up watching Mr. Rogers…. Mr Roger’s Neigborhood was filmed at WQED, the PBS TV station in Pittsburgh. When I was a kid, I thought it was a local program and didn’t realize exactly how big of a deal Fred Rogers was…. As I got older, it was apparent that not only was Mr Rogers helping kids in the Burgh, it was world wide!…. We’d see Mr. Rogers and his cast of characters all over town. Mr McFeely, Joe Negri and more…. When I found out that one of my favorite actors, Tom Hanks, would be portraying Mr Rogers, I was excited! Now that the trailer for the film is out…. I CANNOT WAIT to see this movie! – Brian Mo

How’d they get their name?

Have you ever wondered how some Fast Food spots got their names?

From Arby’s to Wendy’s, we love our fast food. Ever wonder how these restaurants got their names? explains what’s in a name — specifically, how 10 of our favorites got their name.

1. Arby’s
The chain was founded by the Raffel Brothers. The name comes from the enunciation of the initials of two words…RB.

2. Blimpie
Three New Jersey high school friends founded the subway sandwich chain in 1964. They decided against using the words “hoagie” or “subway,” and settled on Blimpie when one of them saw the word “blimp” in the dictionary and thought it sounded like a sandwich.

3. Burger King
It was founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1953 with the name Insta-Burger King. After it was sold to new owners, they shortened the name.

4. McDonald’s
The name comes from the founders, Dick and Mac McDonald. The brothers started the restaurant in 1940 and sold it to Ray Kroc in 1955, who (obviously) kept the name.

5. Popeyes
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the chicken chain, founded by Alvin Copeland in 1972, was named after the character Popeye Doyle in “The French Connection” and not after the cartoon character. Eventually, Popeyes management gave in and licensed use of the cartoon character.

6. Starbucks
The name comes from the “Moby Dick” character Starbuck because it “evoked the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders,” says the company’s website.

7. Subway
On the advice of a friend named Peter Buck, Fred DeLuca started a sandwich shop in 1965 because he wanted to go to medical school. Buck thought it would be a good way for DeLuca to earn the tuition money. Because of his friend’s encouragement and financial assistance starting the restaurant, DeLuca named it Pete’s Super Submarines. The name was changed to Subway in 1968. DeLuca never went to medical school.

8. Taco Bell
Glen Bell, the founder, just combined the No. 1 menu item with his last name.

Originally the acronym meant “This Can’t Be Yogurt,” but after the company was sued by a similarly-named competitor, it was changed to “The Country’s Best Yogurt.”

10. Wendy’s
Dave Thomas, who founded the business in Columbus, Ohio in 1969, named it after his daughter, Wendy.

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  • 99.9 WFRE's Brian Mo

    I was born and raised in Pittsburgh….HUGE sports fan! Penguins, Pirates, Steelers and West Virginia Mountaineers! Love me some country music!…. You’ll see me out and about singing and/or hosting karaoke shows!

  • 99.9 WFRE's Dave Conrad

    Born and raised in Frederick…..Frederick High Grad! I love all music! I have my own Jazz group (THE DAVE CONRAD TRIO) I Love hanging out with my friends at the Redneck Yacht Club cooking all day,swimming and cutting up! My daughter Emily is now a Shepherd University Graduate…I am so proud of her…she is everything in the world to me! I also ride a RED VESPA! When i can, I hop on it and get lost in the mountains! and with 91 plus miles per gallon this is how i roll every chance i get.

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