Stevie Wonder’s concert last night in Dublin got a favourable review in today’s Irish Times.  And I’m glad to read that there was a capacity audience.  This doesn’t surprise me as RTE Radio ran what was effectively a 5-minute promo for the concert during its key morning news show “Morning Ireland” yesterday, no doubt ensuring a last-minute rush to grab any unsold tickets.

This infomercial/plug was ostensibly about “Heritage Acts” who continue performing decade after decade; however it was heavily biased towards how wonderful last night’s show was expected to be.

This was a strange choice of item to have on the main radio news programme, and one that would be more suited to being a filler on one of the chat/magazine programmes that run during the day. As with so many things in Irish life that appear slightly odd, one is tempted to ask cui bono?

I thought Gerry Ryan was an accomplished and entertaining broadcaster, and it’s genuinely sad that he has died.  But is it really the case that his death justified the POPE IS DEAD sort of coverage that RTE gave it?  He was an Irish radio personality, for God’s sake, not an international superstar or the President of the United States.

Some RTE television news editor decided that the first eight minutes of the main evening news last Friday should be devoted to Gerry Ryan’s death.  The same news programme eventually got around to telling us about the resolution of the Greek debt crisis and the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.  This is just embarrassing, and tells you all you need to know about the clique that runs RTE.  As my daughter would say, they are so up themselves.  Sack that news editor, I say.

RTE is so supremely self-regarding, and so incapable of seeing beyong its own little parish, that we then had to have the main weekly talk show re-jigged at short notice and largely devoted to a tribute to Gerry Ryan.  A modest documentary on Gerry, made and broadcast a couple of weeks after his death, would have been a more appropriate response.

But it was ever thus.  Somebody should really do an analysis of just how much of RTE’s output consists of one RTE broadcaster interviewing another RTE celebrity (sic).  And don’t get me started on George Lee and Charlie Bird, those two almost-graduates of the Montrose Montessori.

I better stop now, or this will turn into a rant.  But you see ….  it’s just that I was in fact really saddened by Gerry Ryan’s death, and so it was all the more annoying to have those overpaid and over-indulged bozos in RTE make such a meal of it.  I would like to think Gerry would agree with me.