After nearly a decade after closing, The Ryan Line reopened on 2FM this morning to celebrate 40 years on air.
Using archived audio from his time on air, Gerry Ryan returned to the airwaves in what was an emotional experience both for staff in Montrose and listeners at home. 'The Gerry Ryan Show' began broadcasting in 1988, and ran essentially as a call-in show that ran right up to Ryan's passing in April, 2010.
Ryan's daughter, Lottie, introduced the hour-long, one-off segment and was helped along with the show's original broadcast coordinator manning the phone lines.
Here's a selection of some of the tweets from the broadcast as it happened.
— ✨Blanaid✨ (@MiniOCD) May 31, 2019
— Keith Walsh 2fm (@KeithWalsh2fm) May 31, 2019
— Riyadh Khalaf (@RiyadhK) May 31, 2019
I don't know what sorcery @RTE2fm used but #TheRyanLineIsOpen and it is fantastic. Gerry Ryan has already referenced creaming himself, poppers and gay clubs. I think he was a key part of the liberalisation of Irish society. #2FM40
— Colette Sexton (@colette_sexton) May 31, 2019
— Claire-Louise Guiry (@guiiry_claiire) May 31, 2019