Hayes and Kennedy to host Ryan radio slot for 4 weeks

DJ Colm Hayes and television presenter Lucy Kennedy are set to present a morning show together on RTÉ 2fm for the coming month.

The pair will present the 9am to 12 noon slot, which was previously presented by the late Gerry Ryan.

From next Monday (9am to 12 noon), 2fm presenter Colm Hayes and Lucy Kennedy will host The Colm & Lucy Show. The programme, which will be produced by the current Gerry Ryan Show production team, will run for four weeks. Within that period it is expected that a further announcement regarding the long-term future of the slot will be made.

John McMahon, head of 2fm said: “We have all been devastated by the death of Gerry Ryan. It is particularly painful to have to turn our minds to practicalities, but that is the unfortunate situation we find ourselves in. We understand the desire of the media, the industry and indeed Gerry’s listeners, to know what they can expect in the Gerry Ryan Show slot in the coming weeks.

He added: “To Gerry’s listeners I would like to say: Gerry will not be forgotten. Yes, this is a new show, but we will continue our commitment to many of the items Gerry’s listeners loved. We’ll keep up the allotment, Nob Nation will continue at 10am with the irrepressible Oliver Callan, and Colm and Lucy will open the line to callers for their own unique style of chat.

“We hope too to bring loyal listeners some of Gerry’s best moments from over the years.

“The show goes on, albeit with a heavy heart.”

Colm Hayes said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to be asked to assist in the 9-12 slot for the next few weeks. Lucy and I both know that we can’t fill the great man’s shoes, but we hope to brighten the tough mornings’ ahead. I had the pleasure of working with Gerry on The G Ryan Show in the early days; and of course Jim-Jim and I looked forward everyday to our ‘handover’ to Gerry.

“It’s with a sense of keeping the show on the road – something Gerry would have wanted – that we all head into the next few weeks,” he added.

Lucy Kennedy said: “When I did my recent stint on 2fm with Baz, little did I know I would be back so soon. I’m honoured to be asked and look forward to speaking with Gerry’s listeners in the coming weeks.”

Jim Nugent will present The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show with 2fm’s Paddy McKenna.

“It’ll be a new experience handing over to Colm every morning. Colm, Paddy, Lucy and myself really want to keep mornings on 2fm special. The great man is in our thoughts; so too are his listeners. The next few weeks will be tough but we hope we can brighten them too,” said Jim-Jim.

In announcing the interim arrangements, John McMahon emphasised that the new plans were a temporary schedule set to run for four weeks. It is expected that a longer-term announcement will be made in the coming weeks.

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