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Sam Smyth: Mighty broadcaster who won't easily be replaced

Published 01/05/2010 | 05:00

Gerry Ryan at RTE studios. The broadcaster possessed that rare gift where total strangers would share their most intimate secrets with him and consequently the world
Gerry Ryan at RTE studios. The broadcaster possessed that rare gift where total strangers would share their most intimate secrets with him and consequently the world

IT was his talent for friendship that made Gerry Ryan special. A very rare gift that convinced total strangers to entrust their most deeply guarded secrets to him. And he would blithely relay those intimate confidences to the world, live on morning radio.

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The operative clause in his contract with the listeners to his three-hour programme was: 'No secrets.' The presenter and his audience shared everything.

He trusted his listeners; they had unswerving faith in him. They liked and enjoyed each other.

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