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Gerry Ryan to be inducted into radio 'hall of fame'

PPI radio awards create new category – Ryan, Seán Bán Breathnach and Candy Devine share honour.

Gerry Ryan at the mic in 2fm in 1997.
Gerry Ryan at the mic in 2fm in 1997.
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THE LATE RADIO star Gerry Ryan is one of three broadcasters to be honoured with induction into the PPI Radio ‘Hall of Fame’.

This is a new category at the radio awards, which take place on Friday of next week in Kilkenny. According to the organisers, the ‘Hall of Fame’ recognises people who have “made an exceptional contribution to radio in Ireland both North and South and is decided upon by the Radio Awards Committee”. This committee is made up of members from both commercial and public broadcasters on the entire island.

As well as 2fm anchor Gerry Ryan, who died in 2010, the radio industry will honour Candy Devine of Downtown Radio and Seán Bán Breathnach of RnaG.

Australian singer and broadcaster Devine has been on the drivetime show on Downtown Radio, a Belfast-based station, since 1976. Breathnach presented the first-ever Irish language pop music show on Raidió na hÉireann and has been broadcasting for 43 years.

The PPI awards shortlist for other categories can be seen here.

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