Who Ryan Seacrest
Accomplishments Head of Ryan Seacrest Productions (Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Shahs of Sunset); host of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on ABC; host of Fox’s American Idol; host for Clear Channel’s KIIS-FM; spokesman, live events and on-air host for iHeartRadio
Base Los Angeles
What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
News headlines of the day, and I also review my schedule.
You just sold your first kids’ show to Nickelodeon. Were you a TV baby?
I was a huge radio fan growing up, and I’d listen to countless hours of radio on my Walkman. But yes, I was a TV watcher, too. I loved game shows. Magnum, P.I. and Love Boat were favorites in our house, too.
There’s so much reality in your personal portfolio. Are you a fan of scripted shows?
My personal tastes run the gamut, although I don’t have the time to see everything I’d like to. I am a Food Network junkie and enjoy all of our RSP shows (Kardashians, How I Rock It) as well as fun stuff like The Bachelor, which we talk a lot about on the radio show.
Since you’re steeped in music professionally, what do you listen to in your spare time?
I listen to pop music a lot because that’s where I spend a lot of my time, and I enjoy it. But I also love all sorts of different music depending on my mood, from Frank Sinatra to Dave Matthews to Spa music.
My curiosity really fueled my initial interest in social media. I thought it was fascinating and fun, and I loved the immediacy of it. Today it is an ever important part of the cultural fabric. And as such, it’s an essential component of how we communicate to our many different audiences, whether it’s for the radio show, American Idol or any of our shows at Ryan Seacrest Productions. I’m a proponent of unplugging, and I think everyone should do it from time to time, although admittedly I’m not the best at it. I find it’s good to disconnect from everything sometimes just to clear your head, even if it’s just for a day.
Do you have a favorite gadget?
Aside from my favorite social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest), I am also a huge fan of Uber, as it comes in handy when traveling. I also think Airbnb is cool, although I haven’t personally tried it out yet.
How do you wind down before bedtime?
I’m a bit of a news junkie, so before I go to bed, I’ll check the headlines on the various news networks.
You’ve just had some content discussions with Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer. Any details to share?
We talk to different tech companies all the time. It’s an important part of staying on top of what’s next.