Ryan Seacrest is well known around the world for his radio and television hosting, as well as producing. He’s been active in the media field since 1990, contributing to several popular shows that millions of people watch or listen to. In addition, Seacrest has displayed a philanthropic side through his foundation which helps children.
In the mid-90’s Seacrest began his work in television. He started with the ESPN show “Radical Outdoor Challenge” in 1993, and also hosted several game shows for children such as “Gladiators 2000” and “Click.” He would also work as the host for the “NBC Saturday Night Movie” special every weekend back in 2000. Several years later, he would get his biggest hosting gig yet.
In 2002 Ryan Seacrest was hired as the co-host for a show called “American Idol.” He would start out assisting main TV host, comedian Brian Dunkleman, but eventually took over as the sole host. That particular role would garner him plenty of attention. He continues to host a reboot version of the show as of 2018.
Seacrest serves as main host for the “Dick Clark New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special. He originally started out there as a co-host and the executive producer with Dick Clark, but once Clark passed, Seacrest continued the tradition. Every year, Seacrest helps millions of people usher in the New Year with music, guests, and a fun-filled special.
As a TV producer, Seacrest has helped bring the Kardashians into people’s homes on a regular basis. He is the man responsible for producing the hit reality TV show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” as well as various spin-offs involving Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe. His company Ryan Seacrest Productions has other production credits including “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” and “Married to Jonas.”
Seacrest is also known for his radio work. He has hosted “American Top 40,” a weekly syndicated show, originally hosted by the late Casey Kasem, that counts down the hits. Seacrest also took over for another popular DJ, Rick Dees, when he left KIIS-FM over a contract dispute in 2004.
Along with his parents and sister he also created the Ryan Seacrest Foundation which is a non-profit organization working to help today’s youth. As Seacrest mentions on his foundation’s website, the created the foundation to help “lift the spirits of hospitalized kids.”
Part of the foundation’s initiative is to provide children in hospitals with broadcast media centers. These centers, known as Seacrest Studios, are meant to help with the healing process as kids can explore the world of broadcasting and multimedia. The mission is to help children find optimism through these experiences as they continue their treatment.
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