Sunday 21 January 2018

A whole Lottie rockin' going on

Gerry's daughter gets summer gig

Lottie Ryan at Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin, yesterday to launch the Leaving Cert results festival 'Summer Blow Out 2010'
Lottie Ryan at Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin, yesterday to launch the Leaving Cert results festival 'Summer Blow Out 2010'

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter

THE daughter of the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan has ruled out following her father into radio -- because his shoes are too big to fill.

Despite her dad's time as one of Ireland's most popular radio hosts, Lottie Ryan, the eldest of the late RTE personality's five children, said it is television and not radio in which she sees her career developing.

"Those shoes are too big to fill. The stamp has been out on that," she said.

"Obviously, I know my way around a radio studio but it's not where my personal passion is. I studied television at college," she added.

Lottie spoke to the Irish Independent as she announced her first professional engagement -- as MC of Summer Blowout 2010, an event for Leaving Cert students in Donnybrook Stadium, Dublin on August 18.

The 24-year-old said her dad knew about her plans to host the event before his death in April, and was supportive.

"I discussed this with my dad and he was fully on for it," said Lottie, adding that growing up as the daughter of Ireland's most popular broadcaster had prepared her well for showbusiness.

"I learned from observing. I have grown up watching and listening and I don't think there is a better way I could have been learning. I have lived and breathed this for my whole life, so I would like to think I have a fairly good handle on what I am doing," she said.

Without her dad around to advise her on her forthcoming slot, Lottie said she planned to listen to some of her father's outside broadcasts for pop station 2fm.

"He used to do Beat On The Street back in the day so I will be checking out some of those tapes for some inspiration on how to prepare. This is something he used to do, so I have someone to learn from."

At the moment, Lottie is working on a number of TV pilots, including one called 'Life of a VIC' about the children of famous stars.

The Clontarf woman said her grieving family were amazed by the extent of the public grief triggered by the death of their husband and father.

Summer Blow Out 2010, which coincides with the release of the Leaving Cert results, features DJ sets from UK band Razorlight and singer Alexandra Burke, and bands including Irish favourites Director.

Irish Independent

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