Faygo at 100
For those of us who grew up listening to WKNR in the 60s, Faygo was as much a part of the culture as Ballpark Franks, Strohs Beer and the Ernie Harwell. What you might not know is that it was Faygo?that coined the term “pop” after the sound made when you open a Faygo bottle. Or that Faygo’s national popularity happened after they started advertising on Detroit Tiger radio broadcasts. Or that Harold Peary, the frustrated store owner who repeated the long list of Faygo flavors only to have the kid select “Red Pop”, was best known as radio’s Great Gildersleeve. Faygo TV ads are some of the most memorable of the Keener era. Here’s a link to the original Faygo Kid spot, along with a YouTube connection to the “remember when you were a kid” ad that was shot on the BobLo boat, celebrating some of the best of Detroits cultural magic.