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Gerry's stand-ins just don't cut it

IF ANYONE could possibly replace Gerry Ryan, it certainly won't be Colm and Lucy.

The unlikely Colm Hayes and Lucy Kennedy combo knocked 10,000 off the late DJ's listenership, the latest radio figures have shown.

At the time of his tragic death in April, Gerry Ryan had one of the biggest shows in the country with one of the most coveted time slots -- but 10,000 listeners have gone elsewhere since the duo stepped in.

However, RTE bosses are thrilled that Colm and Lucy maintained such an "impressive audience" in the wake of the tragic broadcaster's death.

"It's clear that changes earlier in the year have paid off in helping 2fm retain some important leads," said station boss John McMahon.

He added that he "can't wait to hear Ryan Tubridy back on 2fm" and is thrilled to unveil the new line-up on August 17 when he steps in to Gerry's time slot permanently.

The 37-year old's Radio 1 show saw a boost of 12,000 listeners increasing his audience size to 351,000.

Meanwhile, Today FM's Ray D'Arcy is one of the few broadcasters who managed to maintain his audience numbers by steadily remaining at the 235,000 mark.

His show replaced Tubridy's for the first time as the most popular among the key 20- to 44-year-old demographic. Today FM CEO Willie O'Reilly said the station was now the second-most-listened-to national station in the country, taking over from 2fm.