2FM listeners are paying emotional tributes to Gerry Ryan this morning, as the RTÉ radio station air a special edition of Ryan Line, as part of their 40th birthday celebrations.
The segment which aired from 9-10 am was poignantly introduced by his daughter, Lottie, who works at the station as an entertainment reporter.
“The Ryan Line is open,” his legendary and familiar voice resounded across the country.
A line that gave listeners ‘goosebumps’.
Gerry was the acclaimed ‘voice of the station’ from 1988 to his death in 2010.
With the blessing of Ryan’s family, the segment was put together by 2FM presenter Jay Hartigan and RTE Gold's Will Leahy using archive clips from Gerry's career.
Speaking at yesterday 2FM’s new scheduled launch, Lottie said she was “taken aback” when listening to the tribute for the first time.
A reaction most listeners also had.
LOVE Gerry. Amazing 2 hear him again. Making me smile so much. The irreplaceable brillance. Can't help feel incredibly sad tho 4 the Ryan kids hearing him like they must have a million times. Hope they get comfort frm all the love people hav listening 2him again #2FM40 #Ryanline— Baz Ashmawy (@bazashmawy) May 31, 2019
Gosh how familiar and warm Gerry Ryan's voice feels on @RTE2fm right now. An old friend dropping in like he hasn't left. And special mention to @LottieRyan1 for a touching and dignified intro. A truly wonderful tribute. #2FM40— Neil O'Gorman (@NeilOGorman) May 31, 2019
Hairs standing on end listening to @RTE2fm this morning. Absolutely inspired move by reopening the Ryan Line in celebration of their 40 years on air. Incredible. They’ve created a brand new Gerry Ryan show special by splicing together years of clippings of the legend. #2FM40— Shane (@ItsGillen) May 31, 2019
Taking to Twitter during the broadcast, the station tweeted a video Lorraine, who used ‘man the phones’ during Ryan’s show, reclaiming her seat.
"Lorraine, who took the calls on Gerry's show for years is answering them right now, talking to fans who are calling in in their droves, some of them in absolute floods of tears,” RTÉ 2FM presenter Eoghan McDermott said.
Some listeners, who were too young to tune in to his breakfast show, also took to Twitter in awe of his talent.