Ryan Seacrest: a Life of Broadcasting and Charity

Born on Christmas Eve of 1974 Ryan Seacrest is a well-known radio and TV host as well as an entrepreneur, producer and philanthropist. Though best known for his hosting duties on the soon to be relaunched American Idol on ABC he has numerous other award-winning and popular projects.

Ryan Seacrest is a radio show host for the nationally syndicated “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” through Los Angles’ 102/7 KIIS FM station. This show is a perennial Top 40 nationwide.

Seacrest is also the co-host of “Live with Kelly and Ryan”, a syndicated show made through ABC and is highly viewed on a regular basis. He is also the host of the ABC New Years Eve tradition, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” having taken over regular hosting duties on the networks annual set piece showcase after Dick Clark’s failing health forced him to step aside in 2005. Seacrest is also the executive producer of the New Years show.

Seacrest produces other shows for his production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions. The production company makes some well known shows such as the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” series of reality shows, the “E! Live From the Red Carpet” awards shows, reality show “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” and the NBC police drama “Shades of Blue.” Ryan Seacrest Productions also the Netflix show “Insatiable” and the YouTube show “Best. Cover. Ever.” among others.

As a businessperson Ryan Seacrest has started both Distinction, a men’s fashion line sold exclusively through Macy’s and with Polished by Doctor Lancer, a skin care line for men developed with dermatologist Doctor Harold Lancer. These endeavors are in addition to his sponsorship deals with numerous companies including Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Company.

He is also the chair of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation which is a philanthropic endeavor focused mainly on youth charities and projects, notably opening 10 broadcasting centers inside pediatric hospitals. Ceacrest is also an honorary chair of the Grammy Foundation and sits on the board for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. See how Ryan stays fit on this article from nytimes.com.

Ryan Seacrest will be hosting American Idol in its next season.