Ask the Geator

December 11, 2008 -- Once again, greetings and salutations from the Geator with the Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so come join me for some Christmas holly this Sunday when we have our annual Christmas Party at Memories in Margate, raising money for the Sisters of Mercy at St. Mary’s Convent in Philadelphia. We’ll open up our doors at 5, feed you a fabulous buffet from Barrels, the Aramingo Diner, and Chickie & Pete’s, and dance the night away. See you there. Now, let’s ask the Geator.

Whatever happened to Tennessee Ernie Ford? We used to watch his TV show all the time. – Molly Hoffman

The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show on ABC was very popular in the early 1960s. Over the years he received many awards, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and three separate stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for radio, TV, and recordings. Unfortunately he and his wife, Betty, suffered from serious alcohol problems. In 1991 he died from liver failure, two years after Betty’s death and exactly 36 years after the release of his huge hit, "Sixteen Tons."

I am a Geator fan from long ago. I grew up in Perkasie, PA, which is a bit north of Philly. Where can I find a Geator T shirt? Thanks a bunch – Jody, Hooksett NH

There’s a brand-new T-shirt called "The Philly Boys" -- with a picture of Chubby Checker, Frankie Avalon, the World Series champs, the Phillies logo, the Liberty Bell, and yours truly. They are selling like crazy not only in the area but in California, too. We have a limited number left. For yours, contact Geator Gold Radio at 215/923-0550 or my assistant, Keely, at

Please help me out! On your shows, you used to play a fast, uptempo tune by a female group with the words "please forgive me" sung in the chorus. I cannot remember the name of the group or the title. Please refresh my memory. Thank you -- Mike (long-time fan from Philly)

That’s “Please Forgive Me” by the Du-ettes, and it’s on our CD For Dancers Only, Volume 2. It was a local hit on the Du-Tone label, but other than the Philadelphia area, not many people are really aware of it. Great stomp record.

Before we go, don’t know if you guys caught a documentary called Airplay at one of the film festivals down here at the shore. It was produced by Carolyn Travis and Chris Gilson, who incidentally did the award-winning documentary Wildwood Days. I must tell you, Airplay is the most comprehensive documentary on the past, the present, and even the future of radio. It’s fascinating, and the Geator is featured in it along with some of the other legendary DJs you will remember from the heyday of rock radio. We’ll keep you posted on where you can see it and where it can be purchased.

Got a question for Jerry? Send it to or Geator Gold Radio, 626 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. For info on Jerry’s appearances, check out -- and keep on rocking, ‘cause you only rock once!



youtube video of du-ettes "please forgive me"

Anonymous said...

JERRY, I'm 54 and my fiance is 58 and we have decided to marry and my dream is to have you at the big party we are planning to have . We have raised children to adults as single parents and now have grandchildren Wondering if you would please play the music at the reception party . have not booked the venue as yet but maybe the concordville inn or the oaks near tje delco area. please Jerry.