Fox’s famous competitive singing series American Idol is ultimately what kicked off Ryan Seacrest‘s career in big-ticket, big-time entertainment. Over the years, Mr. Seacrest has hosted various television shows, maintained decades-long stints hosting radio broadcasts, and been involved in major philanthropic endeavors.

Let’s take a brief look at the awe-inspiring career of Ryan Seacrest and detail every significant step along the way.

The younger Ryan Seacrest

Believe it or not, when Mr. Seacrest was in his single-digit and preteen years, he was unattractive, nerdy, shy, and not very interested in TV. Ryan Seacrest was, however, very much interested in radio broadcasts. According to his parents, he saved up money earned by mowing countless lawns over multiple summers off from school to purchase audio recording, mixing, and editing equipment at the age of 10. From then on out, it seemed as if Ryan cared about radio more than anything.

When he was 16, Mr. Ryan Seacrest was awarded an internship at local Atlanta, Georgia, radio station WSTR (FM). Still in high school, Seacrest was allowed to manage the overnight shift broadcast on one of his first weekends spent with the local entertainment industry broadcasting facility in the heart of Atlanta. To the surprise of WSTR’s management, the teenage Ryan Seacrest did a fantastic job throughout the weekend’s scheduled programming.

Here comes high school graduation and college

In his high school years, Mr. Seacrest attended Dunwoody High School there in Atlanta, all while working for WSTR as an on-air host. After Ryan’s 1992 high school graduation, he enrolled in the journalism program at the nearby University of Georgia. Despite being bogged down with a substantial course load, the still-young Seacrest maintained his weekend job as Atlanta’s local radio station WSTR’s overnight radio host.

In 1993, just one year after he began classes at the University of Georgia, Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) dropped out of college in favor of moving to Los Angeles. He started off as the first-season host of Radical Outdoor Challenge, a children’s show made by ESPN. After hosting the show, he found employment as the lead host on various children’s shows before reaching American Idol.

Looking for Ryan’s official home for videos? Visit his YouTube account.