Radio centre 'like Hamlet without prince'
Published 01/05/2010 | 05:00
A BOOK of condolences will be opened in RTE for the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan today.
Fans will be able to sign the book as a mark of respect for the 53-year-old radio presenter from midday until 6pm in the radio centre.
RTE's radio centre was like "Hamlet without the prince", a visibly upset 'Late Late Show' host Ryan Tubridy said last night about the death of his friend.
Tubridy and a host of RTE stars paid tribute to Ryan in a special segment of 'The Late Late Show'.
'Liveline's' Joe Duffy spoke passionately about how Ryan had sought to bring hope to his listeners during the recent dark times of economic gloom.
"The last few weeks, he was pushing one thing every day -- that was that everybody should have hope," said Duffy.
"As he would go through the papers, he would always be pushing that we have got to have hope and that we are a great country."
During the 30-minute segment, friends and colleagues of Ryan told stories and exchanged memories of their time in his company.
Dave Fanning, another 2fm DJ, said he had been to visit Ryan's ex-wife Morah and her five children yesterday and that they were "being fantastic".
Fanning said the thing he would miss most about Ryan was "the humour, the company -- and all that that implies".
Duffy described him as "a brilliant judge" of people.
"He knew even after a short meeting with people what they were like. He could describe the core of people. He was just so incisive.
"He was the happiest person I knew -- even through the tough times -- and I could never understand how he had any regrets.
"I'll miss his advice the most. He was a brilliant strategist. He was extraordinarily bright.
"The great thing he brought to this country was self-confidence, and people will be mesmerised by him because of that for the next few days," he added.
Former 'Late Late Show' presenter Gay Byrne said he "filled the screen" and "filled the speaker" when he spoke on television or radio.
He described the loss of Mr Ryan as "bizarre and unfair".
He said: "Little did I know when I got up this morning that I would be here on 'The Late Late Show' this evening talking about Gerry Ryan being dead." l 2FM will broadcast a special tribute show to Mr Ryan from 10am until midday today.
The show will be presented by Evelyn O'Rourke and will feature Mr Ryan's former producer Alice O'Sullivan and head of 2FM, John McMahon.