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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Icon Award recipients Daryl Hall (L) and John Oates of Hall & Oates perform onstage at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

With our Hall and Oates free ticket weekend comin, I thought I’d re-post this:

We can complain about the bad parts of social media, the anger, the lack of empathy, the bullying. It’s wrong and it must stop.

But there are good parts of social media too.

A co-worker from 1989 posted a picture on Facebook of HALL and OATES with me, from my radio days in Philadelphia as a Top 40 DJ on Eagle 106 Radio. Hall and Oates came to the radio station and performed LIVE unplugged versions of their hits. It was one of the most amazing radio events I have ever experienced.

But this may go down as the biggest memory.  Like WROR, Eagle 106 was a very important station. Here’s a quick story: I remember that the record label that represented Cher promised the program director that Cher would perform at our local radio concert. Well, somehow the record label backed out and Cher was not available. In retaliation the boss told the record label that in order to resolve this Cher would have to make an appearance PERSONALLY to the station. We all thought my boss was crazy holding the record label to it’s word and DEMAND that Cher make the visit. We were wrong to doubt him. About six months later we get the call saying “CHER is in town, and would like to stop by this week.” Word got out and the entire building was thrilled with excitement. The moment came: A stretch limo pulled up and fresh off her hit “If I Can Turn Back Time” out comes 1989 Cher with an entourage  of SEVEN people. She was wearing the same outfit that she wore in her hit video “If I Can Turn Back Time.”

Thanks to my friend Don in Philly and thanks Facebook for this great memory.

Left to right in

1989: Jaybeau, John Oates, Daryl Hall, Eagle 106 engineer Don Melnyk