Our Founder, Ryan Seacrest Returns to His Hometown of Atlanta!

Ryan Seacrest returned to his hometown of Atlanta to visit patients and fans at his very first Seacrest Studio – where his dream of creating an uplifting environment and contributing in some small way to the healing process for patients who could be going through a difficult time – became a reality through his Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2010. And it was great to have him back!

 

 

Patients were eager to tell Ryan all the things they love to do in the studio, from singing and playing games to hanging out with the interns and interviewing celebrities. Excited to take a crack at interviewing one of the best “interviewers” himself, patients took turns with hard-hitting questions.  Ryan especially enjoyed the one asking him which he loved more, “being on radio or being on TV?”  Hmmm, we’ll leave you pondering his answer! Lots of pictures, hugs and autographs followed the Q&A session. Then it was back to New York City and  Live With Kelly & Ryan, where he shared a wonderful video of his visit with us!  Thanks so much Ryan—we love you!

 

 

Sabrina Carpenter Performs Her Newest Song “Why” at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital!

Recap written by Studio Intern: Isabelle Hanson

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center witnessed just why Sabrina Carpenter is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s celebrity ambassador during her visit to the studio. Sabrina’s personable and sweet personality shined through as patients interviewed her before she performed her newest and favorite song, “Why”.

An actress herself, Sabrina said she hopes to act with Emma Stone in the future, one of the many actors on her growing list. But, her true celebrity crush as a young girl was Zac Efron.

When Lauren asked the inspiration behind her song, “Thumbs”, she said we all go through times where we feel we are not living the life we want to, but we must start listening to our own voice.

We learned Sabrina would be living her best life if sweets were at the top of the food pyramid, after patient Jerra asked how she would redesign the pyramid. An overwhelming majority of the studio audience agreed to having a sweet tooth, too. She may eat kale salad for lunch, but goes for the chocolate cake right after.

“When one door closes, another door opens,” is Sabrina’s life motto. She said working hard while staying optimistic is important. “There are so many times where things will happen and we don’t know the reason why. And then a year later we’ll look back and we know the reason why. And it’s because it was making room for something else to happen that’s better for you and that was meant for you,” said Sabrina.

Thanks, Sabrina, for visiting Cincinnati Children’s Seacrest Studio and supporting the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. We appreciate you and look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

 

Ed Sheeran Makes a Surprise Visit to Boston Children’s Hospital!

 

Video recap by Intern Joyce Lee

Blog Post by Intern Nicole Cutinella

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British singer-songwriter-sweetheart Ed Sheeran recently added a surprise stop on his tour: Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital!

Patients and families flooded the studio and the connecting Patient Entertainment Center to hang with Ed— making this the most attended VIP visit at Seacrest Studios in Boston ever! Excited Ed Sheehan fans came equipped with handmade signs, cards for him, and instruments to be signed. He also had some very excited callers from upstairs on the units!

Ed answered questions from patients including “What is your hidden talent?” (Making a funny popping noise with his mouth) and “Where is the coolest place you’ve ever been to?” (Manila in the Philippines)!

After the interview, Ed pulled out his guitar and sang for his audience. The whole crowd, was in awe of Ed’s flawless live vocals. First, he took a request from an in-studio super-fan who was seated next to him! He played an amazing rendition of her favorite song, “Lego House”. Then everyone in the crowd joined Ed in singing his most recent hit, “Shape of You”. Ed also took the time to sing a very special “Happy Birthday” to a young patient sitting at the studio desk!

Before he left to get ready for his show, Ed stuck around to meet and sign autographs for every patient and family member in attendance, which we estimate to be over 300 people! He also made some special video messages on parent cell phones for patients who couldn’t make it down to meet him in person.

Ed’s generosity and talent warmed a lot of hearts at Boston Children’s Hospital. Thank you so much, Ed! You’re welcome at Seacrest Studios anytime!​

 

Brett Eldredge Spreads Smiles at Seacrest Studios in Dallas

 

Written by: Paula Cuadrado

 

Eight-year-old Brylie knew she would get to see country superstar Brett Eldredge when he came to Texas on tour, but it went a little different than she planned. See, Brylie and her family had tickets to see Brett and his pals in concert in Dallas but the tour date came when she was hospitalized for a lengthy stay and couldn’t make it out to the concert.

But that’s where the Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas works its magic. Since the children who are hospitalized can’t make it out to the concert, we bring the concert and events to them, right there in the hospital. So instead of being one in a crowd of thousands, Brylie and other patients at Children’s Health got the VIP fan treatment with Brett Eldredge!

Brylie, along with Zoe, Jaci, Sarah and others got to interview Brett and ask him questions about his music career, his favorite color and what he likes to do with his dog, Edgar. Brett posed for pics and selfies with everyone who came down to see him, and even held one of his littlest fans, 3-month old Paisley.

Before the visit wrapped up, Brett pulled out his guitar and serenaded Seacrest Studios and all those watching on TV from their hospital rooms with his country hit, “Wanna Be That Song.”

Check out the video to watch the fun and laughter with Brett!

Thank you, Brett Eldredge, for making time to hang out in Seacrest Studios! You spread so many smiles, which is something you’re good at! We know you want to come back, “Don’t Ya”? But don’t take “The Long Way” to get back here because when we hear the “Beat of the Music” it makes us “Wanna Be That Song” and I may “Lose My Mind” as if I “Haven’t Met You” when really you will always be our “Superhero” and “The Reason” we want to “Bring You Back.” We know there’s “No Stopping You!”

Taylor Grey Makes a Special Visit to Children’s ATL

It’s not hard to fall in love with singer songwriter Taylor Grey, who made a special stop in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently. She is as kind as she is beautiful and as talented as she is engaging.  Taylor started writing songs and performing at a very young age and now, at 20, she’s seeing her hard work pay off with last year’s release of her debut album, Space Case.

Hardly a “space case” herself, the Stanford junior explained how her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut influenced her album’s title. Grey performed two songs for patients (one of which she admitted she never performs live!) – what a treat! And before heading out, she made a detour to spend time with a fan who couldn’t make it to the studio. Taylor GREY, you have a heart of GOLD.  Come back anytime!

 

RSF Spotlight: Meet Our Awesome Team at Children’s Colorado!

MEET CODY, CHRIS AND MICAH!

Meet our awesome Seacrest Studios team at Children’s Colorado! Chris Coleman, our Studio Manager who can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards from memory! Cody Hudson our Child Life Specialist, who can lip-sync and dance to ANYTHING. And Micah Bridges, our Tech Specialist and former intern who can do a FLAWLESS pirate impression! Together, these three have made the studio a special place for patients to hang out. Learn more about Chris, Cody and Micah in their own words:

How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios? Chris & Cody: Since we opened over three years ago! Micah: Six months as an intern and eight months as an employee!

  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: All of us: when kids have a BLAST in the studio! Chris: Backwards Forwards, Cody: Magical Mystery Shirt of Mystery and Magic (during Bingo), Micah: Closeup Picture Game
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): All of us: Chris & Micah: Ed Sheeran because SO many people were watching…and his super slow-mo shake-face. Cody: Eric Paslay, because he remembered kids from his first visit during his second visit.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? Chris can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards from memory, Cody can lip-sync and dance to ANYTHING, Micah: FLAWLESS pirate impression

 

Thank you, Chris, Cody and Micah for making Seacrest Studios at Children’s Colorado such an awesome place to be!

Patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Welcome Luke Combs!

By: Raven Fulton, Studio Intern

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center patients, families, and staff welcomed Luke Combs to Seacrest Studios with waves of laughter and cheer. The “Hurricane” singer was very laid back and comfortable on the mic answering many patient questions.

One of those questions being, “If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?” His answer, “John Cena, I would like to be a strong muscle-ly guy for a day”. The country singer went back and forth trying to decide between John Cena and The Rock before asking the audience who they thought was cooler. With a unanimous vote, the studio audience chose The Rock. After this decision, he realized that he left John Cena in the dust. He asked the audience if now had “beef” with John Cena. He just wants to remind everyone he did start off wanting to be John Cena in the beginning.

During his interview, Luke talked about how he got started in his music career. Luke Combs is a self-taught musician. He explained how he set small goals for himself instead of one big goal. Starting with learning to play one cord on the guitar. Everyone can take something away from Luke setting small goals. If you set small goals it doesn’t mean you’ll never get to the big goal.

One of our studio regulars, Keegan, asked Luke, “What were some of his favorite songs to perform live?” He responded with his song “Honky Tonk Highway” is always a fun time and “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, cover of “Brand New Man” by Brooks and Dunn and anything Eric Church – of course.

An audience member asked who were his biggest inspirations. The CMA nominee replied with, “Eric Church always.” Just Kidding! His parents. They always have been his biggest support system even when he dropped out of college, which he doesn’t encourage anyone to do.

Before Luke left, a patient told him she was planning on attending his concert but, unfortunately, was not able to make it. He made sure to grab not only her name but brothers name as well, who was still attending the concert, to give him a shout out from his sister at the concert!

Thank you to Luke Combs for coming by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Seacrest Studio!

The Seacrest Studios Nashville Intern Experience: Summer 2017 Edition

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Recap by: Mamie Shepherd

Video by: Michelle Klein, Elon University

The summer of 2017 provided another incredible internship opportunity for qualified college students at Seacrest Studios Nashville!  Students gained first-hand experience in broadcasting and programming right in the heart of Music City!

Our student teams worked to produce entertaining, creative, and enlightening on-air content for young patients and their families.  Interns learned the technical side of operations by taking turns working the radio board, microphones, and camera equipment.

Seacrest Studios provided unbelievable opportunities for students to develop their on-air skills, widen their broadcasting knowledge, enhance their writing skills, and learn about advertisement and marketing as it relates to studio and hospital events.

Students in Nashville interacted with many important movers and shakers in the music and entertainment industry, along with prominent sports stars, donors, and community partners.

Take a look at the video for a glimpse into a summer spent in Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation currently has 10 broadcasting centers across the United States. For more information about interning at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, or at any of the other studios across the country, take a look at our “Get Involved” tab!

Charlie Puth Sings ‘Only One Call Away’ For Patients in Atlanta

Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently welcomed Charlie Puth to Seacrest Studios! Charlie got all the patients’ attention by performing two of his hit singles “Attention” and “One Call Away” on an impressive setup, featuring his signature red keyboard.

He then talked about how he has perfect pitch (he’s a big stickler for it!). He shared that his brain automatically identifies musical notes in everyday life. While he was talking, a patient’s IV pole beeped, and he informed us that it is at a perfect C sharp.

When asked what his favorite candy is, he provided us with a new recipe involving mixing Butterfingers and Reese’s Cups into one chocolately stew. But he said he has to be careful of how many sweets he eats, so that he can physically keep up with his tour mate Shawn Mendes.

The patients loved meeting Charlie and getting their pictures with him. Come back anytime, Charlie, we are only One Call Away.

Children’s National Welcomes Delta Rae to Seacrest Studios!

Hey! Hey! Hey! Our friends, Delta Rae, stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s National and we enjoyed every minute of their visit! Patients and families greeted the band with a warm, D.C. welcome and were so excited to ask them questions on-air. The interview started with each band member introducing themselves and creating their DJ name. Vocalist and pianist, Eric Holljes, wanted to be called DJ Polar Bear. Brittany Holljes, another vocalist for the band, came up with DJ B-Sting and second female vocalist, Elizabeth Hopkins, chose DJ Mermaid as her on-air name. Bass Guitarist, Grant Emerson, laughed and called himself DJ Goatman. Ian Holljes, vocalist and guitarist, chose DJ Layla in accordance with his puppy named Layla. Percussionist, Mike McKee, made the audience laugh when he reluctantly chose the name DJ Baldmen.

After coming up with their awesome DJ names, the band took us through a vocal warm-up that they do before they go on stage. Patients and families tried the warm up but found themselves laughing too hard! When asked about how the band formed, Eric said simply, “Me, Brittany, and Ian are siblings who also happen to really love music so that was easy for us to come together. We have known Mike and Liz for a long time so we asked them to join the band shortly after. Then we met Grant and instantly knew we would have a great group”!

After a great interview on the mics, the band signed autographs and took photos with each patient and their family! Thank you, Grant, Liz, Brittany, Eric, Ian and Mike, for making our day at Children’s National a little brighter and we hope to see you the next time you’re in Washington D.C!