Ryan Seacrest life and biography

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Ryan Seacrest biography

Date of birth : 1974-12-24
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Atlanta, Georgia
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-01-25
Credited as : Tv personality and radio host, tv producer, American Idol, E! News

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Ryan Seacrest is an Emmy Award-nominated American television/radio host and television producer. He first hosted a small radio station called Star 94 after college, and rose to fame as the host of American Idol. He has since become a co-host host of E! News, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, as well as such radio shows as On Air with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and American Top 40.

People magazine revealed that "Ryan Seacrest's first time in the spotlight was in the fourth grade. He performed the singing role of King Winter in a school musical – and he forgot his lines." At age fourteen, he attended and soon became the "Voice of Dunwoody High School", as his school's regular morning public address system announcer. "I wore braces and glasses and was fat and got teased about it," Seacrest said, "but I was always very ambitious." At aged 16, while still attending high school, Seacrest won a hard-to-get internship at WSTR FM, in Atlanta, with Tom Sullivan, who trained him in the many aspects of radio. When the regular DJ called in sick, Sullivan put him on the air for the very first show of his broadcasting career. In a surprise phone call the next day, the station owner told Seacrest that, although he was not a professional, his stint of the night before hadn't been "too bad" Soon he was given the weekend overnight shift at WSTR. Seacrest continued to work on air at WSTR FM until graduating from Dunwoody High School in 1992.

Seacrest went on to study journalism at the University of Georgia in the fall of 1992. There, he would continue his radio show at a local Athens station. Seacrest left UGA at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to continue his broadcasting career. While there, he attended Santa Monica City College for a short time. By the time he was 20, he had landed a job in Los Angeles at KYSR-FM 98.7's afternoon show, called Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home. His starting pay was $15 an hour. It became the station's No. 1 show and was nationally syndicated.

In 1993, Seacrest hosted the first season of ESPN's Radical Outdoor Challenge and in 1994, a kids show called Gladiators 2000 was created as a spinoff television show of American Gladiators. Seacrest appeared as the host of the fictional game show Lover's Lane on Beverly Hills, 90210 in "The Final Proof".

In the fall of 2000, Seacrest was the host of NBC Saturday Night at the Movies. On Saturdays in the fall of 2000 through the spring of 2001 NBC would dedicate the 8–11 PM EST block to showing a major theatrical film. Seacrest would appear as the host during the commercial breaks. He offered trivia on the film and a chance to win prizes by calling in a specific number. In 2001, he hosted a reality television program, Ultimate Revenge, where elaborate "get even" practical jokes were played on family and friends instigated by their own relatives and friends, The two seasons featured current radio talk show host Karel. It was shown on The New TNN from 2001 to 2003. Additionally in 2000, Seacrest hosted the International Hawaiian Tropic competition held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. He was hired for the hosting duties by Hawaiian Tropic founder, Ron Rice, as a result of his voice and radio work in Los Angeles. In 2010, Seacrest appeared in an advertisement for Scope mouthwash.

In January 2004, Seacrest became the new host of the radio program American Top 40, a syndicated weekly countdown show, created and formerly hosted by Casey Kasem. The show was syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. In February 2004, Seacrest became host of popular Los Angeles radio station KIIS's morning show, replacing long-time host Rick Dees. This show, also known as On Air With Ryan Seacrest, remains on the air. Seacrest is the host, executive producer of this syndicated daily show airing on over 150 stations in North America alone, with affiliates worldwide. Kasem had been one of Seacrest's radio idols when he was growing up, along with Dick Clark. Seacrest asked Clark for some career advice, and Clark told him, "I believe a stake in ownership is important to have," and so Seacrest negotiated a piece of the ownership for the televised 'On Air'". Seacrest stated, "So maybe in 20 years it will still be called 'On Air', with someone else hosting the show, but I can still produce it. Because, let's be honest, you don't know how long people are going to let you into their homes." Recently, Kathy Griffin joined the long list of celebrity guests on Seacrest's radio program carried by KIIS FM in Los Angeles.

In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of the hit reality TV series American Idol with comedian Brian Dunkleman. American Idol went on to phenomenal success, putting Seacrest in the national spotlight. The following year, when he became the sole host when Dunkleman left the show, Seacrest's on-screen enthusiasm made him an overnight sensation, and the show was seen by some twenty-six million viewers weekly. In 2003, Seacrest hosted the spin-off show, American Juniors. In January 2004, Seacrest launched a daily entertainment/variety/talk syndicated television program, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Due to low ratings, the show was cancelled nine months later.

In January 2005, Seacrest hosted the "Celebration of Freedom" concert in Washington, DC for President George W. Bush, the Bush family and the United States Military. In August 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and that he would be the producer-host's eventual successor. On December 31, 2005, Seacrest performed much of the show's hosting duties. Dick Clark's role was limited by speech and mobility issues due to his recovery from a stroke. Seacrest also occasionally served as a substitute host on the CNN television program Larry King Live, and co-emceed Larry King's final show with Bill Maher on December 16, 2010.

Ryan Seacrest recording the voice overs - Idol premiere :

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