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