American Top 40

Ryan Seacrest is known for hosting the popular televised competition American Idol, the annual TV special Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and the radio program American Top 40.Born in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia,
Ryan Seacrest decided on a career in radio early on. He got his first job as a DJ at a station in Atlanta. In the mid-1990s, Seacrest moved to Los Angeles, California, where he started a popular afternoon radio show. His career really took off in 2002, when he became a host of American Idol. Seacrest soon started covering entertainment events and serving as a news anchor for the E! television network. In 2012, he signed a deal with NBC Universal to appear on the Today show and other programs. In 2013, he began hosting the game show The Million Second Quiz.

Early Life

Born on December 24, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia, popular radio and television personality Ryan John Seacrest has also become a powerhouse behind the scenes as a producer of such reality TV hits as Keeping Up with the Kardashians. He developed the desire to become a radio disc jockey at an early age. Seacrest listened to such DJs as Casey Kasem and Rick Dees growing up, studying and copying the way they talked during their shows.American Bandstand host Dick Clark was another important early influence.

At Dunwoody High School, Seacrest “wore braces and glasses and was fat and got teased about,” he once explained to the New York Times. “But I was always very ambitious.” His first broadcasting job was handling announcements at the school. Seacrest then managed to land an internship at an Atlanta radio station, which led to his first on-air gig. He stayed with the station while attending the University of Georgia.

Radio Star

In the mid-1990s, Seacrest relocated to Los Angeles. There, he launched a popular afternoon radio show called Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home, which lasted until 2004. In 2003, Seacrest started a syndicated program, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. The following year, he took over for one of his idols, Casey Kasem, as host of American Top 40.

Despite becoming a television star and producer, Seacrest continues to be a presence in radio. He continues to host On Air with Ryan Seacrest andAmerican Top 40, in addition to his more recent roles.