Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American radio personality, television host, and producer. He hosts talent competition American Idol, American Top 40, as well as On Air with Ryan Seacrest, a morning radio show on KIIS-FM.
Seacrest was born on December 24, 1974, in Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in the suburb of Dunwoody, the son of Constance Marie (née Zullinger), a homemaker, and Gary Lee Seacrest, a real estate lawyer. His mother told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Instead of playing with G.I. Joes or Cowboys and Indians, [Ryan] would always have a little microphone and do shows in the house.
Seacrest at 2008 Primetime Emmys at Nokia Plaza in Los Angeles
In 1993, Seacrest hosted the first season of ESPN’s Radical Outdoor Challenge. 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.
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 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.
In 2010, Seacrest launched the nonprofit Ryan Seacrest Foundation. The foundation has two centers at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In April 2012, Seacrest named Selena Gomez as Ambassador to the Foundation.