Thursday, April 21, 2005

About that star ...

Since "American Idol" made such a big deal about Ryan Seacrest's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I thought I'd give you some information about why and how Seacrest got the star.
First of all, you don't get it for free, as you can find in the Hollywood Walk of Fame's FAQ (frequently asked questions), part of the Web site of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce -- http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/
Here's the relevant question and answer:

''Q: What is the cost of a Walk of Fame star ceremony?
''A: $15,000 upon selection. The money is used to pay for the creation and installation of the star, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame.''

That fee may be paid by the personality, his production company, a studio or even a fan club. But this is not simply an award you get for being a good guy.
Also, if you are alive, you have to show up for your star ceremony; none of this ''accepting for'' stuff.
As for why Seacrest got a star, besides being willing to show up, the general criteria are:
1. Professional achievement
2. Longevity of five years in the field of entertainment
3. Contributions to the community

Beyond that, the walk has five categories: radio, TV, movies, recording (that is, music) and live theater. ''Idol'' judge Paula Abdul also has a star, for ''recording.'' It is possible to have more than one star; Bob Hope has four. Seacrest's star, as the show noted, is for his work in radio.
And here, since you are probably still asking why he got a star, is the official description of his achievements from the Walk of Fame:
''Seacrest took over for Casey Kasem counting down the
American Top 40 every week on the nation’s top radio stations.
American Top 40 is an institution in the radio world, and with
Seacrest taking the reigns; it is broadcast on more stations in
larger markets than ever before. Since Seacrest's debut,
American Top 40 has more than doubled its listeners topping
out at a record breaking 3.1 million listeners per show. Radio
stations nationwide are able to access the show via satellite or
the Internet, insuring the most up to the minute music chart
information.
''Seacrest also took over the most coveted radio position in Los
Angeles on its Top 40 radio powerhouse 102.7 KIIS-FM
morning show. Since the new Seacrest morning show, On Air
with Ryan Seacrest premiered on February 26th, 2004 over 1
million people tune in each week to wake up with Seacrest and
the show has become the #1 most listened to morning show in
Los Angeles. The fan favorite broadcasts daily from 5:00-10:00
AM.''
Because of that, you had to sit through that boring segment at the beginning of Wednesday's ''Idol.''

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