Fans remember legendary disc jockey Jerry Blavat for his love of music, dance parties

Trish Hartman Image
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Fans remember Jerry Blavat for his love of music, dance parties
EMBED <>More Videos

Upon hearing the news of Jerry Blavat's passing, people throughout the Philadelphia region began sharing their memories.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Jerry Blavat, the legendary Philadelphia DJ, died early Friday morning at the age of 82.

Upon hearing the news of Jerry Blavat's passing, people throughout the Philadelphia region began sharing their memories, from his syndicated radio show to dance parties down the shore.

"He was not like a program disc jockey," said Steve Alten of Margate. "He played it because he loved the music and it showed."

He was known as "The Geator with the Heater" and "The Boss with the Hot Sauce."

He appeared on shows like American Bandstand and The Monkees, but he's also credited with revolutionizing radio and developing the "oldies" format.

He was inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance's hall of fame in 1993. His name sits among other legends on Broad Street.

Philadelphia radio personalities like Patty Jackson with WDAS felt a bond with Blavat.

"I have known him since the beginning of my career. 41 years!" said Jackson. "He always supported me, he always encouraged me and that is what I love about Jerry Blavat."

Blavat gave John Kinka, now with Crusin' 92.1 in south Jersey, his first on-air job in radio.

RELATED: Legendary Philadelphia disc jockey Jerry Blavat dies at 82

He said Jerry always encouraged up-and-comers to be themselves.

"He didn't say, oh you gotta play all 50's or all 60's. It was - do what you want," said Kinka. "You be yourself, is what he always said. Be yourself."

Blavat's nightclub, Memories in Margate, was a hot spot for many down the shore.

"I grew up about two blocks away, and we would stand outside listening to the music when we were too young to get in," said Brigid Harrison, who placed a wreath at the door of the club in honor of Blavat Friday morning.

The "Geator" was known for choosing music that got everyone dancing.

"You would come at 9 o'clock when they played the 50's and 60's music and you'd stay until 2 when they were playing the contemporary songs, and he was just an icon," said Harrison.

Blavat was playing at Memories in Margate as recently as this past summer.

Fans said they'll remember his positive energy and his knack for helping people have fun.