1. Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American radio personality, television host, and producer.
2. He hosts talent competition American Idol, the syndicated countdown program American Top 40, as well as On Air with Ryan Seacrest, a morning radio show on KIIS-FM.
3. He received Emmy Award nominations for American Idol, and won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
4. Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974, in Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in the suburb of Dunwoody,
5. At age 16, while still attending high school, Seacrest won an internship at WSTR (FM), in Atlanta, with Tom Sullivan, who trained him in the many aspects of radio.
6. When the regular DJ called in sick, Sullivan put him on the air for the very first show of his broadcasting career.
7. Seacrest continued to work on air at WSTR until graduating from Dunwoody High School in 1992. Seacrest went on to study journalism at the University of Georgia in fall 1992.
8. Seacrest left the university at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to pursue his broadcasting career.
9. In 1993, Seacrest hosted the first season of ESPN’s Radical Outdoor Challenge.
10. He also hosted three kids’ game shows, Gladiators 2000 from 1994 96 (a spinoff of the television show, American Gladiators), Wild Animal Games in 1995, and Click in 1997.
11. Seacrest appeared as the host of the fictional game show Lover’s Lane on Beverly Hills, 90210 in “The Final Proof”. During commercial breaks, he offered trivia on the film and a chance to win prizes by answering online on NBCi.
12. In 2001, he hosted a reality television program, Ultimate Revenge, where elaborate practical jokes were played on family and friends instigated by their own relatives and friends.
13. In 2002, Seacrest accepted the position as co-host of a new Fox reality television series American Idol with comedian Brian Dunkleman.
14. American Idol went on to success, putting Seacrest in the national spotlight.
15. When the show increased in popularity, seen by some 26 million viewers weekly, Seacrest became recognizable around the world.
16. In August 2005, it was announced that Seacrest would become executive producer and co-host of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
17. Dick Clark’s role was limited by speech and mobility issues due to his recovery from a stroke.