Passionate about radio and television broadcasting, Ryan Seacrest continues to step up his professional commitment to both.
Born on December 24, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, as a youngster Seacrest was captivated by Dick Clark, Casey Kasem and Rick Dees and tried to emulate their ways. His initial venture into broadcasting took place in the form of handling announcements at Dunwoody High School. He went on to secure an internship at an Atlanta radio station where he remained while going to the University of Georgia.
Seacrest moved from Georgia to Los Angeles, California in the mid-1990s where he launched the first of many radio shows, the popular Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home. He later stepped in for Casey Kasem as the host of American Top 40. He currently hosts On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
In the 1990s he also hosted Radical Outdoor Challenge and children’s show, Click, as a television personality. He gained worldwide recognition for his 15 season run as the host of American Idol.
In 2005 Seacrest began working with Dick Clark on his annual special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Eve. After Clark died, Seacrest agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Dick Clark Productions to carry on as host and executive producer of the show.
In 2006, US cable channel E! revealed a three-year, $21 million deal with Seacrest to host and produce a range of programs, including E! News.
Through Ryan Seacrest Productions, he gave rise to popular television programs such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Working with Chef Jamie Oliver.
In 2017, Seacrest united with Kelly Ripa as the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Seacrest’s philanthropic endeavors take the form of the non-profit Ryan Seacrest Foundation which motivates youth through entertainment and education initiatives.
For example, Seacrest Studios are broadcast media centers within pediatric hospitals where patients can open up to multimedia experiences in the fields of radio, television and new media.
He started the foundation along with his parents and his sister and hopes to build studios across the country.
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