Jon Bon Jovi pays tribute to late DJ who helped get his debut single on the radio

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Jon Bon Jovi shared a touching tribute via Instagram to Chip Hobart, the DJ who helped smash Bon Jovi’s debut single “Runaway” on the radio.

JBJ’s tribute began: “Every kid dreams of hearing their song on the radio… It was a brand new station located just outside New York called WAPP… they were so new they were never no receptionist to keep me from getting DJ Chip Hobart’s attention. I hung out after his shift to tell him my story. We played the song, Chip said the song sounded like a hit and vowed to put Runaway on the radio… he did… ”

Bon Jovi continued, “I thanked him a thousand times for this day. This week I reached out to my old friend to ask him to play “Runaway” on a very special project that we are working on. I learned that Chip Hobart passed away in March… thank you my friend, for the 1001st time. We will devote the first round to it. Love to his family.

The tribute includes two photos: the first is of Jon and Richie Sambora in a DJ booth with Hobart, and the second is from the night Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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