'Give Lottie Ryan a break, she's got a lot to live up to' - DJ Louise McSharry
Broadcaster Louise McSharry has told of how she admires her 2fm pal Lottie Ryan for how she copes with the spotlight, given her famous surname.
The rising radio presenter told the Herald that she does not envy Clontarf native Lottie at times and that there can be added pressure on the 26-year-old daughter of veteran DJ Gerry Ryan, who passed away in 2009.
"It has to be impossible for her, given the name she has, and I don't envy her," Louise said. "People should not give her too much of a hard time."
And Louise, who took over Dave Fanning's weekday programme from 8 to 10pm earlier this year in a schedule overhaul, also defended Lottie's audience ratings in the latest JNLR figures, which were released last week.
Lottie's early-morning weekend programme currently has an audience of 1,000 people.
"I haven't been speaking to her yet; she's on so early in the morning I'm surprised anyone is awake, so the fact that she has listeners I think is brilliant because it's really hard that early slot," she said. "I did 7am to 10am for a long time and it takes a while to build up a following.
"I think it's very unfair for people to criticise her at this point, she's only just started and she has a long way to go - and as I said, the available audience is tiny at that time."
The 27-year-old also defended the drop in audience figures on a whole at 2fm.
"We had such a major change at the station so we weren't expecting the figures to be great; we are changing target audience," she said.
Louise, who is engaged to her partner Gordon Speeran, is currently filling in for Ryan Tubridy on his morning slot and insisted she's loving the stint.
Father-of-two Ryan is over in the UK covering for Simon Mayo on the BBC.
"I enjoy doing talk shows and I actually don't feel pressure covering for him because I'm getting into it over a two-week period and it's my third time filling in for him so I'm used to it now," Louise said. "The first 15 minutes any time I fill in for him is scary obviously - sweat is dripping down my face and my glasses are fogging up, but I ease into it and enjoy it."