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Ryan Seacrest talks about MSQ, his Dunwoody HS days
Ryan Seacrest talks about MSQ, his Dunwoody HS days

(WXIA) -- His is one of the most recognizable faces in television, but metro Atlanta's own Ryan Seacrest comes from a humble background.

The "Million Second Quiz" and "American Idol" host told 11Alive's Karyn Greer that he has always wanted to pursue an entertainment career.

"I wasn't built for football. I was built for this," Seacrest joked from the New York City set of "The Million Second Quiz."

He described the new NBC game show as "a circus" and said he's having a great time hosting it.

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Seacrest grew up in Dunwoody and graduated from Dunwoody High School.

"My first dream was to be the guy that did the morning announcements and did the Pledge at Dunwoody, and I got that gig. That was like my first broadcast gig," he said. "And I remember getting butterflies every single morning ... I was trying not to think about the number of students in the school 'cause that would freak me out."

Seacrest went on to work at Atlanta's STAR 94 and now hosts his own syndicated radio show, "On Air With Ryan Seacrest."

He also helped start a radio and television studio at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. THE VOICE at Seacrest Studios has hosted a number of celebrity guests, including Selena Gomez, the Backstreet Boys and Kellie Pickler.

"It's been a tremendous success," Seacrest said of the children's studio. "I hear so many stories from parents who have told me that their kids have just enjoyed learning and playing down there, and becoming hopefully the next star."