Who could forget the soothing voice of Papa Jack as he delivered advices for those lost in love? His fans probably could not. Even after his resignation late last year, his fans were vocal in expressing how much they miss the radio DJ.
Papa Jack, or John Gemperle in real life, made his last broadcast last December 16 last year. He simply announced that he was leaving the radio station, but no reason was given for his resignation.
During his final episode, he described his ordeal as ‘a very scary path and road’ for him. He added that there are some principles that could not be given up. He said that the last twelve years had been ‘good.’ He also asked his avid listener to give the same love to whoever would replace him on the radio program.
Ngayong gabi, gusto kong malaman nyo na nakangiti ako kahit papano at masaya akong malaman na mahal nyo ako. Hanggang dito lang muna ang kaya kong gawin sa ngayon... darating ang isang gabi at yayakapin ko kayong muli. Sabik na ako makasama kayo. Naging buhay ko kayo sa loob ng lampas isang dekada at sa susunod na isa pang dekada... titiyakin kong gabi gabi nyo ako makakasama. Sa ngayon, tandaan mo lang muna na hindi ko nakakalimutan na alam kong magkakaibigan tayo at aantayin nyo ako. Babalikan kita... kapit ka lang at lalambingin kitang muli kaibigan. Wag ka sana makalimot na may usapan tayo. Tandaan mo na hindi ko handang isuko ang barkadahan natin tuwing gabi kaya hahanap muna ng paraan na makasama ka. Di ko ginusto na iwan ka pansamantala... kaya aasahan ko ang iyong pang unawa. Miss na kita! #lifeisajoyride #onceadjalwaysadj
Netizens were quick to speculate that Papa Jack had been forced to resign after he made a Facebook post on his personal account. A photo with a quote, “I didn’t want to go” was posted by the DJ. His fans also connected his post with his statement during his final episode about ‘not giving up some principles.’