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John Boland: Pat's substance will win out over style

John Boland

Published 24/06/2010 | 05:00

THOSE of us who've managed to get through our lives without listening to RTE 2fm -- certainly not in the evening and hardly ever in the morning, even when Gerry Ryan was in situ -- will be bidding adieu to Ryan Tubridy later in the summer when he moves from his 9am Radio 1 slot to become Ryan's successor.

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Depending on one's point of view, that adieu will either be tearful or uttered with relief.

There are many, no doubt, who will miss his relentlessly chirpy persona and the endless blather and blithe trivia that his style both embodies and encourages from his guests, but for some listeners the mix of ladmag-lite and chicklit chirruping has been less ingratiating than grating.

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