The return of The Ryan Line on 2FM went down a treat with listeners
It was an amazing morning for Irish radio.
To celebrate the station's 40th anniversary, RTÉ put together a special once-off return of The Ryan Line, using old clips of Gerry Ryan's show from back in the day, and gave listeners around the country a huge sense of nostalgia.
The hour long show consisted of everything from vibrators to the use of poppers, and gave us all a massive reminder of just how special Ryan was on the Irish radio landscape.
— Alan Swan (@alanswan) May 31, 2019
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) May 31, 2019
— RTÉ 2FM (@RTE2fm) May 31, 2019
The reaction online has hugely positive, with Paddy Power even taking bets that it might be the most listened to broadcast ever on Irish radio:
— Brian Redmond (@Briantredmond) 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
The Ryan Line is open for one more time on @RTE2fm and it’s magical. Well done to everyone who has just transported us back to our twenties and allowed us to recall the incredible broadcasting talent of a man that went too soon. #2FM40 pic.twitter.com/jrEVcjzVmZ
— Ciaran Cannon (@ciarancannon) May 31, 2019
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
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 Gillen (@ItsGillen) May 31, 2019
Ah Janey, listening to Gerry this morning is just something else.
What a voice, what a laugh, what a genius. Real trip down memory lane, he really was the greatest, on air and off ❤️ #2FM40
— Regina Looby (@reglooby) May 31, 2019