Jerry Blavat passed away on the morning of Jan. 20 at the age of 82.
“The Geator with the Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce” became one of the most successful disc jockeys in the Philadelphia area during decades of work over the airwaves.
He appeared on American Band Stand in the 1950s and several local TV shows throughout his career. He began a long and prominent radio career during the 1960s.
Jerry Blavat had been out of the public eye in recent months, but an outpouring of appreciation on social media underscored his lasting place in local radio.
Matt Cord and Tony Harris spoke on 102.9 MGK about Blavat’s local influence and shared some old memories about times spent on the city restaurant scene and at the Jersey Shore in Margate. Harris called the Geator “part of the fabric” of the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding area.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 28, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (1723 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA). A viewing will begin at 9 a.m., with mass scheduled at 11:30 a.m.
Additional note from the family:
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, for the Jerry Blavat Endowed Fund, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.