Disc jockey Gerald Joseph “Jerry” Blavat is known as “The Geator with the Hot Sauce” and is known for his influence on promoting oldies music on radio. His net worth is estimated at $1.5 million. He is currently a radio DJ for Bucks County radio station WBCB, and a broadcaster on South Jersey’s KOOL 98.3 and WISL in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. He is also the producer of the oldies concerts held at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia every year since 2002.
He has been part of the Philadelphia music scene for over 50 years. In 2018, he was voted the “Best Philly Icon” by the readers of Philadelphia magazine. He is part of the New York Friars’ Club, and was emcee for the annual Malt Shop Memories Cruise since 2011.
Jerry started his career in the ’50s, and by the ’60s he was a full-time DJ. He appeared on the television show “Bandstand” with Lee Stewart and Bob Horn. In 1958 he managed Danny and the Juniors on a national tour. He co-starred with Bob Horn on the television show “Miss December” in 1961. In 1979, he was invited to perform at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. However, he was unable to perform because of illness. In 1990, he returned to WHAT radio, and then left the station in 1994.
He has also been a columnist for the Atlantic City Weekly for over 20 years. He owns and operates a nightclub in Margate, New Jersey, and has appeared in numerous films, including Miss December. He has been emcee of the annual Malt Shop Memories Cruise since 2011 and produces the oldies shows at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts every year.
During the 1990s, he was involved in a dispute with the Bruno-Scarfo crime family. He pleaded fifth in a case involving the mob. In 2010, he was a witness in the mob trial of loan shark Lou “Bent Finger Lou” Monacello, a turncoat who testified for days in federal court about his mob business ventures.
Jerry Blavat’s autobiography was published in 2011, and it was released in a paperback edition two years later. His book, entitled “The Big Boss with the Heater”, was released as an audiobook in 2014. The book was produced by Running Press. It was based on interviews with Blavat and his colleagues.
In addition to his work as a disc jockey, Blavat is an emcee for the Time Life Malt Shop Memories Cruise, and has been producing oldies concerts at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts each year since 2002. He has appeared in several movies, including Cookie and Miss December. He was also part owner of record stores, including Record Museum. He is a member of the Broadcast Pioneers and was a presenter of the Geator Gold Radio show. His other credits include being a producer, and he is a frequent guest DJ at many nightclubs in the Philadelphia area.
During his career, Blavat has DJed for various radio stations in the greater Philadelphia area. He has worked for Trenton’s WBCB, Shamokin’s WISL, and Philadelphia’s WXPN. He has also DJed for the University of Pennsylvania’s WXPN.