Carson Daly’s unconventional sense of humor has defined his career and the success he has as a radio and television show host. As a staff of NBC, Carson has shown himself indispensable. He covers a range of important shows on the network, including the late-night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly.
Being the show’s host and producer was the start of great things for his career, and is mostly responsible for the fame he has today. Daly’s work in entertainment covers a wide range of other occupations, having worked as a VJ and DJ at different points in his well decorated career.
One of his award recognitions includes the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, The Voice. He has won the award on four different occasions, three of which were consecutive wins. It is part of why he is one of the top television and radio hosts in the United States and one of the endless stream of achievements in Carson Daly’s life.
Before Going into Entertainment, Carson had Planned to Become a Pro Golfer
Carson Jones Daly was born in Santa Monica, California, on 22nd June 1973 to Jim Daly and Pattie Daly Caruso. Caruso was an actress, writer, and director who mostly worked as the writer and director of the TV series, Valley Views. His father died when he was still a child, which led to his mother’s remarriage to Richard Caruso. Carson and his sister Quinn would maintain their father’s surname for the rest of their lives.
Daly’s childhood desire for his life differs significantly from what he does now as the TV host had wanted to become a pro-golfer. After graduation from Santa Monica High school in 1991, where he had been on the school’s golf team, he enrolled at Loyola Marymount University. He dropped out of school shortly after to start a career in pro golfing.
Daly’s Career in Broadcasting Began with an Internship
To start his career as a golfer, Daly transferred to the College of Desert situated in Palm Desert. But Daly suffers from a generalized anxiety disorder, and this impeded his ability to play golf. As a result, he had to change the course he had charted for his life. With many options ahead of him, Daly took towards broadcasting and became an intern at the school’s radio station, KKUU FM (formerly called KCMJ FM. He also interned on Jimmy Kimmel’s first radio show.
His first real broadcasting job was at KOME radio station situated in San Jose, California. He was put on the 6-10 PM slot at KROQ, the sister station of KOME. While he worked at KROQ, MTV reached out and hired him temporarily to serve as a video jockey for Motel California, their summer beach house program.
When the part-time contract ended, the media outlet hired him on a full-time basis, as the host of MTV’s Total Request Live. This show was a merger of two other shows Mtv Live and Total Request, both of which he had worked on.
He has Spent the Bulk of his Career at NBC
In 2002, NBC hired him to host his own late-night show, Last Call with Carson Daly. For a year, Daly worked at MTV and NBC, until he decided to quit MTV in 2003. He would shuttle between Los Angeles, where MTV hosted the show, and New York where he shot his show.
As the host of a late-night show, Daly interviewed several celebrities and people who worked in entertainment. The same year Daly left MTV, NBC assigned him to a New Year’s Eve special show they were producing, New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly. Over a decade later, the show still airs every new year’s eve on NBC. The special, which broadcasts from Time Square in New York City, is also produced by him through his self-named production company, Carson Daly Productions.
In 2011, NBC gave him more responsibility and, coincidentally, more fame. He became the host of the singing competition, The Voice. For his work on this show, he has won four Emmy awards, the first won in 2013, with the others coming between 2015 and 2017. Carson Daly further showcased his skill by working as the social media anchor of the American news and morning talk show, The Today Show, which debuted on NBC in the year 2013.
The Santa Monica-born TV Host is also a Record Label Owner and Podcaster
Asides from his broadcasting career, Carson Daly co-founded a record label known as 456 Enterprise & Entertainment. He founded the music venture together with Bam Margera, Rifkind, and Jonathan B. Davis. He is also the host of The Rory and Carson Podcast.
The podcast is about all things golf, hosted by someone with over two decades experience in broadcasting and another person who is a professional golfer. Having been deprived of a chance to pursue his dream, Carson found a way to incorporate his love for the sport with his career.
He does all of this while still hosting The Daly Download with Carson Daly, a radio show, and making cameo appearances in films and TV shows. He has appeared in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Powerhouse, Windy City Heat, Josie and the Pussycats, and more.
Carson is Married to a Woman who was His Staff
A year after Daly’s career began in 1991, he met Tara Reid-an actress. The two met on the set of Total Request Live and subsequently started to date. They met in March of that year, and by October, Daly proposed. But their engagement was not for long as they called their relationship quits in June of 2001.
The same way Carson met Reid while working was how he met the next woman he dated. Siri Pinter, a food blogger, and writer joined the staff body of the Last Call with Carson Daly as a writer’s assistant in 2005. The two hit it off instantly but had to keep their relationship a secret.
When they eventually started to date openly, they had no rush to get married. It was not until 2015, after three kids, that the two decided to get married. Jackson and Etta, their first two children, were born in 2009 and 2012, respectively. London, their third child, was born in 2014 while Goldie, the youngest of the brood, was born in 2020. Daly has said that being a father is the greatest passion in his life.