As the taxi pulls up outside Western House, home to BBC Radio 2 and 6, Ryan is engaged in some light-hearted banter with Lynn from Traffic Watch.
As I leave the cab, I can just hear him laughing as he says: ‘We are having a generation gap.’The taxi driver may have turned the dial the moment I alighted, but during the week that Ryan Tubridy has been filling in as host for Chris Evans, more than a million listeners have been tuning in.
The Trinity College graduate is notoriously private, and has kept her new romance under wraps.
However, Aoibhinn was spotted sporting a diamond ring on her engagement finger during a special March For Science demonstration in Dublin last weekend.
While back home Ryan’s 2fm radio show has only recently managed to stem the flow of lost listeners, his popularity in Britain has not been exaggerated.‘We have just had some amazing text messages in support of Ryan,’ his producer Alan Boyd tells me when I arrive in the control room at 7.10am.
‘They have really taken to him – some are even convinced he is Terry Wogan’s lovechild.’The studio is surprisingly relaxed.
In a statement at the time, the couple said they would “remain friends”.
The mother of Ryan's children will not only be in charge of his show, but she will also be supervising The John Creedon Show, Mooney and other specialist programmes.
There are no hordes of runners or scuttling producers in the corridors.
Instead, staff stroll casually about carrying Pret-A-Manger coffees and their running orders.
He has also hosted the Rose of Tralee contest on two occasions.
Born in Booterstown, Dublin, in 1973, Tubridy was educated at Carysfort National School and Blackrock College.
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