Gerry Ryan's voice will return to RTÉ 2FM in an hour-long special today 6 months ago

Gerry Ryan's voice will return to RTÉ 2FM in an hour-long special today

Almost a decade after his death, 2FM listeners will hear the voice of the late Gerry Ryan once again today.

RTÉ has announced that it will air a tribute to the beloved broadcaster to mark the station's 40th anniversary this morning.

Ryan passed away in 2010, aged 53.

2FM will use clips from its audio archive to bring him back to life for the hour-long special.

It will be introduced by his daughter, 2FM entertainment correspondent Lottie Ryan.

"Gerry's back ......the Ryan Line is open. ...1850-715 -922," 2FM said as it announced the news, reviving Gerry's catchphrase.

RTÉ sought the permission of the Ryan family before going ahead with the tribute, according to the Irish Sun.

Speaking at the launch of the new 2FM schedule yesterday at Dublin's Devlin hotel, Lottie Ryan admitted that she was a little taken aback by the idea at first.

Acknowledging her father's impact at the station, she said she thought he might have jumped ship to RTÉ Radio One had he lived longer.

"Things are so different now, I think his show would be a different beast. 2FM wouldn't be the 2FM it is today if Dad was still alive."

 

The Ryan Line special will air on RTÉ 2FM at 9am and will also be available online on the RTÉ radio player.