Working with Gay Byrne: ‘I thought ‘F**k you — you will never say that again’

The Gay Byrne Show producer John Caden and researcher Alice O’Sullivan recall the broadcaster’s skills and the sackfuls of letters the show received

The Gay Byrne Show team in 1988. Picture: RTÉ Archives

Kirsty Blake-Knox

For 26 years, Tico’s Tune, as recorded by Manuel and the Music of the Mountains, would signal the beginning of the The Gay Byrne Show.

It was here Byrne would showcase one of his great strengths as a broadcaster; his ability to listen.