RYAN Tubridy is returning to his Radio 1 throne.
The broadcaster announced yesterday that he was leaving 2FM to take over John Murray’s former slot.
It’s familiar territory for Tubridy (inset) who fronted a show in the same slot for five years before moving over to 2fm in 2010 following the sudden death of broadcaster Gerry Ryan.
Gerry Ryan was one of the stations most commercially successful radio hosts pulling in average ratings of 296,000.
According to 2FM boss Dan Healy, taking over from Gerry Ryan was “the hardest job in the history of Irish radio”.
“It was unbelievably challenging for Tubridy,” Healy said. “The hardest job going without a doubt. But now Ryan will return to Radio 1 refreshed and re-energised.
“He did an incredible job on 2FM and will be a great success on Radio 1.”
The show promises to be a bright and breezy mix of stories and sound-bites “that pull at heart strings and make listeners chuckle”.
Yesterday, Tubridy said he felt “mixed emotions”.
“I would like to thank the listeners who texted, called and emailed every day and were so generous with the stories and experiences that made up the fabric of our show,” he said. “Now, the story continues as I return to the Radio 1 world.”