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It's National Fast Food Day: You deserve a break today with this radio classic

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Today  is National Fast Food Day and millions of Americans will celebrate it without even knowing it.  While these days you can build a burger at a kiosk, if you want to celebrate it '80s-style, just go through the drive-thru and hope you don't have an ordeal like today's lost song by Stevens & Grdnic appropriately titled Fast Food.

In the Midwest, KSHE 95 in St. Louis was the baddest radio station around playing album rock that helped break many a Midwest rock band like Styx and REO Speedwagon. It was at the station in the early '70s when a high school girl named Joy Grdnic interviewed DJ Ron Stevens for her school newspaper and lobbied for Stevens to hire her. He refused, even though he was instantly attracted to her, but a persistent Grdnic finally got her way, eventually becoming rock's youngest regular female DJ in radio history. Stevens and Grdnic would eventually get married and began working radio bits together. Of their recordings, a favorite that made its way across the Midwest was Fast Food, which was released as a single in 1982.

While Fast Food did not chart, many a morning radio station featured the comedy song that pits man vs. drive-thru speaker. In 1993, a production company named Lost Leader did a solid by making Fast Food a claymation video and the results are well worth two and a half minutes of your time.

Steven & Grdnic are still married and still busy as ever. The couple left St. Louis several times including stays in Hollywood to write for WKRP in Cincinnati and then in New York City to do a morning show. They eventually returned to their beloved hometown of St. Louis where Ron runs several businesses that focus on the St. Louis entertainment industry and Joy operates her successful restaurant called The Fountain on Locust - an American food experience that is rated as one of the Top 10 restaurants in St. Louis according to TripAdvisor.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:33am]


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