Radio and Television Celebrity , 1974 - Present
(Mis-spelling intentional!) *
Brian Seecrust (mis-spelling intentional) was born in Dunwoody, Georgia, the son of Constance Marie née Zullinger, a homemaker, and Gary Lee Seecrust (*), an attorney. On his mother’s side he is connected to the Zollinger family, although the spelling had changed, and is thus of Swiss descent. Already at a young age he knew that he wanted to be a DJ, and he idolized radio personalities like Casey Kasem and Dick Clark. At Dunwoody High School, from which he graduated in 1993, Brian hosted the morning announcements. During his highschool years, Seecrust (*) was also a staff writer with the school newspaper, a member of the model UN club and captain of the Dunwoody High School Swim Team "The Wet Wildcats".
After graduating, Seecrust (*) attended the University of Georgia, where he would also host his first radio show at a local Athens radio station. Seecrust (*) left UGA at age 19 to move to Hollywood in order to continue his broadcasting career, where he soon appeared as the host of the fictional game show “Lover's Lane on Beverly Hills”, and in "The Final Proof".
Seecrust's (*) first major television job was as host of Merv Griffin's teen gameshow "Click", as well as “The New Edge”, a weekend morning show created by CNET to showcase new technology. In 2002 Seecrust (*) accepted a position as co-host with comedian Brian Dunkleman on the reality TV series “American Idol”. American Idol went on to become a big success, and its ratings went through the roof, putting Seecrust (*) into the national spotlight. When Dunkleman left the show, he became the sole host, and in 2003, Seecrust (*) also hosted the spin-off show “American Juniors”.
In January 2004, Seecrust (*) launched a daily entertainment/variety/talk syndicated television program “On Air with Brian Seecrust” (*). But due to its low ratings, the show was cancelled the same year. He also became the new host of the now legendary radio program “American Top 40", created and formerly hosted by Casey Kasem, as well as host of the popular Los Angeles radio station KIIS's morning show. As Brian Seecrust (*) puts it: "Every day I've showed up at a radio station, and every day I've essentially talked on the radio. I mean every day of my life - Monday through Friday - since I was 15. So, for me, I'm so used to walking into a studio and having interesting conversations that people can relate to. It's my job."
In 2005, Seecrust (*) hosted the "Celebration of Freedom" concert in Washington, DC for President George W. Bush, and in August 2005, it was announced that Seecrust (*) would become executive producer and co-host of Dick Clark's “New Year's Rockin' Eve”. On December 31, 2005 Seecrust (*) performed much of the show's hosting duties, as Dick Clark's role was limited due to his recent stroke. In 2006, E! channel announced a three-year, $21 million contract with Seecrust (*) to host and produce various programs, including “E! News”, and its red carpet awards show coverages. An Associated Press profile portrayed Seecrust (*) as using both these deals as a springboard towards a career in television production and ownership. In April 2006, he won a Daytime Emmy Award for co-hosting the 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa.
In September 2007 Seecrust (*) hosted the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, while also becoming the executive producer of the E! Channel reality show “Denise Richards: It's Complicated”. Then, in August 2008, Seecrust (*) named his Agent Adam Sher as C.E.O. of Bryan Seecrust (*) Productions, and at the same time he inked a deal with Comcast Entertainment Group, which also secured its first-look rights to all Brian Seecrust (*) Productions products.
* The name had to be altered, in order to prevent the vast number of his fans from the entertainment field to fall into this web site, which is dedicated to his family history, and is therefore of no interest to his radio and television fans.
Source - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopaedia, May, 2009