Media Mogul Ryan Seacrest

You’ve likely seen or heard Ryan Seacrest on tv or on the radio in passing without knowing just how interesting his story is. He makes holding multiple jobs all over various media outlets effortless and there’s a reason why he is considered one of the hardest working men in showbusiness. Other than TV hosting, he is also responsible for producing so many tv shows that it is likely you’ve viewed his work without even knowing it.

Seacrest was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1974 on Christmas Eve. He showed a proclivity for media from childhood, playing with a microphone and putting on shows around the house. At just 16, Seacrest began his career in radio after securing an internship at an Atlanta radio station. By chance, he was put on the air after the regularly scheduled DJ called out sick; he earned the overnight shift after his performance. While majoring in Journalism at the University of Georgia, Seacrest continued to work at the radio station.

Before graduating, Seacrest left the university to move to Hollywood and pursue a career in broadcasting. Upon arriving, he secured a variety of hosting gigs on such shows as Radical Outdoor Challenge, Gladiators 2000, Wild Animal Games, Click, NBC Saturday Night Movie, and many others. It was his being an American Idol host that made him a household name, a position he began in 2002 and holds to this day.

While Seacrest built a media empire, he was also creating the nonprofit organization Ryan Seacrest Foundation which is dedicated to improving children’s healthcare. It currently has nine children’s healthcare centers located in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Dallas, Boston, and Colorado. To raise awareness, Selena Gomez was named Ambassador to the Foundation and was promoted at the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park. Connect with @ryanseacrest on Facebook and Instagram today.