Ryan John Seacrest is taller than you might think, measuring in at 5 feet, 8 inches in height. He was born on the 24th day of the month of December in the year 1974 just outside of the city of Atlanta in Georgia. From the time that he was a little boy, Ryan enjoyed carrying around a toy microphone and “hosting” things within his childhood home. He would also entertain the friends of his family by recording messages on the family’s answering machine. By the time that he had turned fourteen years of age, Ryan was active at his school in performing all of the different announcements and messages that needed to be sent out to the students over the school’s speaker system. Although he was not particularly attractive during his time in high school, wearing braces and glasses to correct his vision, he worked hard to be able to do the things that he loved. By the time that he had turned 16 years of age, Ryan was able to obtain a coveted spot as an intern with one of the local radio stations. One of the managers of the station, whose name was Tom Sullivan, helped to provide Ryan with the guidance that he needed to be able to fully understand the radio industry. After one of the regular disc jockeys for the station was unable to make it in to work one day because of an illness, Sullivan trusted Ryan enough to allow him to have the chance to host the show in his place. After this initial performance went well and impressed the owner of the radio station, Seacrest was offered the opportunity to take over the late night shift on weekends at the station. He remained as one of the disc jockeys for the station until he finished his high school education in the year 1992. After this, he enrolled at one of the local universities to study the craft of journalism. By the time that he was 19 years of age, he decided to relocate to the Los Angeles area in order to pursue a full-time career as a broadcaster. He hosted various shows on different networks before being able to obtain the role that he was best known for as the host of the popular reality show, American Idol. In the first season of the show, he was one of two hosts, although he was later offered a deal to become the only host of the show, which he continued to do for several seasons.