Ryan Seacrest was born in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. Starting at a young age, Seacrest had an interest in broadcasting and performance. His long resume began at the age of sixteen when he was given an internship with Tom Sullivan at WSTR (FM). He experienced his first broadcasting gig during this internship when Sullivan put Seacrest on the air after the DJ called in sick. Seacrest continued to work at WSTR until he graduated high school in 1992. Following high school, he briefly attended the University of Georgia to pursue a career in journalism; however, he ended up leaving the university and moved to Hollywood.
Seacrest began hosting television in 1993. To begin his career, he hosted the first season of ESPN’s Radical Outdoor Challenge. However, it wasn’t until 2002 when he got his big break; he was offered the position to co-host the wildly popular reality TV show American Idol. After the first season, Seacrest became the main host of the television show. Since then, he has had a number of high profile hosting opportunities including his most recent venture on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
In addition to hosting television shows, Seacrest entered the world of radio in 2004 when he became the host of American Top 40. American top 40 is a weekly countdown radio show, playing the most popular songs. Additionally, he is the radio host on KIIS, a Los Angeles based radio station.
Beyond his extensive job responsibilities, in 2010, Seacrest launched the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. After spending time visiting children in hospitals and being inspired by their strength and courage, Seacrest decided he wanted to help lift their spirits, which is exactly what his foundations sets out to accomplish. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to motivating the younger generation through entertainment and educational initiatives.
One such initiative is to build broadcast media centers in various children’s hospitals around the country, thus allowing patients to interact and meet some of the biggest stars. These broadcasting media centers can lift these little patient’s spirits during their difficult and often long journey.
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