When the contract expires he will long surpass Casey Kasem as the longest continuing host of AT40 (Beginning in 2022). Overall Kasem was the host between 1970-88 & 1998-2004 (26). Which means he will still needs 5 more years to tie the total amount if he stays relevant enough.
It was expected, but at the same time, I was kinda hoping a change might give the show a new feel as well (Sisanie or Shannon Burns from Bell Media in particular).
That said, I doubt many people outside of Mario Lopez can do what Seacrest with the show; When it's guest hosts (Musicians) it feels less important to me than when Seacrest is on, but he tends to rush or show little interest in some songs on the chart due to his "schedule". The only thing he's missing now from his schedule is a nightly news segment it feels .
Still congratulations on being the host of American Top 40 for two decades running. Never thought I would see this coming.
When we hit the week of February 19, Ryan will have surpassed Casey's original 18 year, 1 month run. When we hit the week of April 9, the show's second run will have passed the entirety of the run of the first, as it aired Stateside. (The original first run on U.S. radio - not including exceptions - was July 4, 1970 to July 9, 1994; with the second run beginning March 28, 1998, it hits 24 years on April 2.) October 29 is when the show's second run will pass the entirety of the first run, with the last six months-and-change international included.
To be the longest-tenured host altogether, Ryan would have to make it to December 4, 2027. This contract would put him within two years of that - though I see no inkling that this 3-year extension is going to be the last one, which means this thread title is perhaps a bit misleading in that regard.
(P.S.: Yes, 2/19/22, 4/9/22, 10/29/22, and 12/4/27 will all be weekend show dates. )
Post by OldSchoolAT40Fan on Sept 29, 2021 11:15:34 GMT -5
I wonder what will become of AT40 after Ryan's contract expires in 2025? Even though I do not listen to Ryan's AT40, I would hate to see such an iconic show go off the air, but as the saying goes "all good things must come to an end." I wonder if Ryan choosing to depart iHeartRadio may be an indicator that AT40 is struggling in the ratings and Ryan may be out of a job by 2025. Or, could budget cuts be a reason?
In either event, I think there's a good chance that this latest run of AT40 will celebrate the milestone 25th anniversary, unlike the original run which was cancelled just over five months before a milestone.