Legendary DJ “The Geater with the Heater” Jerry Blavat Dies at 82
It is so ironic that today "National Disc Jockey Day" we say goodbye to a legendary DJ that many in our area grew up listening to for decades. We learned today that legendary disc jockey Jerry Blavat has passed.
He was known as "the Geator with the Heater" and the "Boss with the Hot Sauce". Jerry Blavat was a radio legend in Philadephia. Getting started as a young man with Dick Clark appearing on American Bandstand. Blavat got his start in radio on January 15, 1961, at WCAU in Camden, New Jersey.
Jerry Blavat appeared on television shows like the Monkees, Mod Squad, The Tonight Show, and American Bandstand.
According to Wikipedia, "In 1993, Blavat was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance's Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of a permanent exhibit in its Museum of Radio and Records. In 2002, he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia's "Hall of Fame". On January 15, 2020, Blavat celebrated his 60th consecutive year on radio.
Here in New Jersey, Jerry Blavat became a fixture at the Jersey Shore when in 1972 he purchased the nightclub that became "Memories" and his legendary weekend show "Memories at Margate".
I have one "slight" personal connection to Jerry Blavat as we both worked on the air at WKTU "Kool 98.3" in Linwood, New Jersey.
Blavat worked at several radio stations in the New Jersey & Pennsylvania area.
Fans and friends are invited to a viewing at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 1723 Race St., Philadelphia at 9 .m. on January 28th. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ~ Courier Times
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