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Video: Gerry 'would have loved' his Hall of Fame award

Laura Butler

Published 15/11/2012 | 05:00

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GERRY Ryan's daughter Lottie said the family are "delighted" after her late father was inducted into the industry Hall of Fame.

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"It's a fantastic feeling to see my dad hanging among all the radio greats in the Hall of Fame. We are all delighted that his talent has been officially acknowledged," said Lottie.

The popular presenter's wife Morah and daughter Bonnie also attended the event, along with Lottie, which took place at the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's head office in Dublin.

Ryan was among a number of distinguished broadcasters inducted into the BAI / PPI Hall of Fame.

Head of 2FM, John McMahon, accepted the accolade on his behalf.

Mr McMahon said that while the late DJ seldom regarded awards in the industry, this honour would definitely have been something he'd have cherished.

"I think he'd have had a wry smile. He didn't take awards too seriously. I think he'd have been very happy with the recognition, but he'd have probably pretended not to be, and that was him," he told the Irish Independent.

"Gerry was always in our hall of fame. He did 22 years with 15 hours a week . . . often without a script or an idea of what he wanted to talk about going on air.

"Yet the amount of magic moments he had were absolutely genius, we really do miss him," said Mr McMahon.

Mr McMahon insisted that Ryan Tubridy had grown in self-assurance since taking over Ryan's weekday slot after his untimely death in 2010.

Confident

He stressed that RTE never expected 'The Late Late Show' host to "be Gerry Ryan" and that having Tubridy on board for another three years in the mornings was a "great boost" for the station.

"Ryan's a great broadcaster and listening to him these days, you can hear how confident he is," he said.

Mr McMahon also admitted that adapting to cutbacks at the national broadcaster had been a "difficult challenge".

"It's a difficult time for RTE, we're in the middle of a very big recession, we had a lot of changes happening and 2FM is not immune to that by any means.

"We're in the same boat as everybody else and we're making cuts to make sure we're in a financially viable position," he added.

Irish Independent

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