Sunday 18 February 2018

John Boland: Not just a voice, Gerry was daily friend to loyal listeners

John Boland

It was his unforced empathy with the marginalised, the deprived and the dispossessed that ensured a more general and deeper esteem

Gerry Ryan was the brash face of RTE. When Radio 2 was launched in 1979, the marketing catchphrase devised for the new station was "Cominatcha", and although Ryan didn't start his long-running morning show there until 1988 -- when it had been rebranded as 2FM -- he was the embodiment of "Cominatcha".

Not so much in-your-face as chin-to-chin and eyeballing you (not a bad trick on radio), he divided audiences like no other RTE presenter.

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