Ryan Seacrest is a busy man. Very, very busy. Perhaps best known for hosting the popular ‘American Idol’ talent competition television show on Fox (and now on ABC), the list of credits this TV personality, television producer, and disc jockey is most impressive.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia on Dec. 24, 1974, Ryan decided early on in life that he wanted a career in radio. In the mid-1990s, Ryan moved west to Los Angeles, California. Soon after arriving, he got a popular afternoon radio show launched. He really hit the big time in 2002, becoming the host of ‘American Idol’.
As radio was his first passion, Ryan listened to, studied and copied the styles of popular DJs Rick Dees and Casey Kasem, with Dick Clark serving as another influence in Ryan’s formative years. His radio interest led him to take an internship at an Atlanta radio station, and he worked there while attending the University of Georgia.
Upon arriving in LA and diving into his multi-faceted career, the list of his credits and accomplishments is mind-boggling. His current radio jobs include: ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’; ‘American Top 40’; and one of the morning drive-time personalities on 102.7 KIIS FM in Los Angeles. On television, he is the annual host of ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’; is the co-host of ‘American Idol’; is the host of the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade; a co-host on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’; and an extensive listing of additional current activities and past credits and appearances.
On top of everything else he does, Ryan established his own clothing line and an extraordinary organization that is thriving, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. It is a non-profit organization which dedicates itself to motivate and providing inspiration to young people through entertainment and initiatives which focus on education.
The Foundation, with its Seacrest Studios, takes its first initiative aiding and helping young patients in pediatric hospitals. Helping patients explore the worlds of radio, TV, and new media, it is hoped that this contributes positively to the children’s healing process.
Seacrest Studios are located in hospitals and medical centers in the following cities:
- Orange County, CA
- Washington, D.C.