Monday, 5 October 2009
Ryan Confidential airs on Thursday on RTE 1 at 10.15pm. In the fist episode we will see Mr. Hugh Hefner!
Gerry Ryan is one of Ireland's most popular broadcasters. His radio show recently celebrated over 21 years on the air. The Gerry Ryan Show broadcasts from 9am to noon.
His father was a dentist and his mother was heavily involved in amateur dramatics.
Gerry studied Law at Blackhall place while also working on pirate radio. It was during his apprenticeship that he was offered a job with RTE.
It was as a researcher on Gay Byrnes radio show that Gerry made his mark. One of the features on Gay's show was to send his researchers off on a survival course and to describe on air their exploits. When Gerry returned, he told the nation he had been forced to kill and eat a lamb to avoid starving in the wild. The story caused outrage among animal-lovers but Gerry later admitted afterwards that it had all been a hoax.
His radio show receives over 400,000 listeners. He presented the Eurovision in 1994 with Cynthia Ní Mhurchú.
He presented The Late Late Show when Pat Kenny's mother passed away in 2008.
Ryan Confidential: Hugh Hefner
"Like him or loath him, Hugh Hefner's influence has been substantial. In the first episode of a new series of Ryan Confidential, Gerry travels to the fabled Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles to interview the man who has helped to shape sexual attitudes not just in the USA, but around the world. Almost 60 years have now passed since he founded Playboy magazine and laid the foundations for what was to become a global media empire. In that time, he has been denounced as a depraved pornographer and praised as a champion of free speech and sexual liberation.
'Hef' talks candidly to Gerry about his problems with religious fundamentalism and radical feminists. He tries to explain why both his marriages failed and why, at 83-years-old, he still likes to date young girls. He reminisces about the famous Grotto at the Playboy Mansion where generations of rock and movie stars, models and athletes, politicians and writers have shed their clothes and inhibitions. He also talks about his long-standing commitment to social activism and why he continues to regard himself as 'a true romantic'."
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