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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!

 

 

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!

James Arthur Talks Music & Travels In Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Video by Seacrest Studios Intern, Grace Hill
Written by Seacrest Studios Intern, Leah Veltri
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James Arthur, X- Factor Winner and singer of the hit songs “Say You Won’t Let Go” and “Can I Be Him,” recently visited patients and their families at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

One could definitely sense a bond forming during the broadcast interview between James and Alexis, a patient on the interview panel, when she shared her love for various art forms. When it comes to her art, James advised Alexis to “keep doing it if it makes you feel good—usually that’s the best way to feel good, is to create.”

James Arthur is a true example of staying grounded as a celebrity and always helping others. When a girl on the interview panel named Megan asked what the best gift James ever gave to someone was, he shared about how he helped his family monetarily when they were in need, “When I signed my record deal, I got a little bit of money… I never had any money. I was very poor; I lived in a shoebox room pretty much. It was very nice to be able to help my mum and dad and sisters out.”

James also told the kids how he loves using music to connect with and aid people. If he were not a singer, he would still want a job that served those in need. “The only thing that makes me really feel like I’m doing something worthwhile is when I help people. I used to write CVs for people . . . I could help people that have been in long term unemployment . . . get back into work. So I’d probably be involved in something like that.”

If James Arthur’s visit made you wish he were in America more often, you’re in luck! James shared with the children that the United States is his favorite place, “I’m actually gonna move out here to America, probably . . . Los Angeles, just because a lot of the music stuff is there. I love it here; you’ve got the weather, you’ve got the beaches, you’ve got the mountains . . . the people seem to love music here. American culture . . . they embrace music a lot, more than anywhere I’ve ever been before.”

Thank you for visiting, James. We greatly appreciate your visit and had a wonderful time!

 

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Allie

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special.

MEET ALLIE!

Allie, a patient at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has the ability to bring smiles and fun every where she goes…and we love that she regularly fills Seacrest Studios with her sunshine!  Learn more about Allie in her own words:

  • How old are you? 12
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? My favorite artist is Gavin Degraw and I love the song “Soldier”
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? My favorite thing to do in the studio is to play trivia. It’s like an escape from being the “sick kid” in the hospital.
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? My favorite guest was Madison Shipman from “Game Shakers”. I think it is pretty inspiring  she is following her dreams of acting, but also taking time to visit the hospital. She also took the time to talk with us.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent:  My hidden talents would have to be shooting pool (billiards)! Also, I am pretty funny and I’m really good at bringing fun to any place (even the hospital!)

Thank you Allie for making Seacrest Studios in Cincinnati such an incredibly fun place to be!

 

Dierks Bentley Sings For Patients In Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Alicia Barnachea
Video by Seacrest Studios Intern, Leah Veltri

Families and patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center were delighted to meet award winning, country singer Dierks Bentley.

Dierks is currently on tour across the United States but took time away from his summer tour to sit down and answer some patients’ burning questions. Charlie learned that Dierks loves fishing just as much he does while Dierks revealed he has his pilot’s license and owns a single engine plane. We found out about his favorite hobbies like going to the beach and playing with his dogs at home. He also talked about how he has had to adjust to the cold winters since moving to Nashville, but still enjoys summer the most. A highlight of the visit was when LeAnne, a patient asked about funny tour stories involving his kids. He got a huge laugh from his kids favorite question “Does Jon Pardi like to party?” referring to his tour mate.

Dierks went on to play one of the studio’s favorite games “This or That?” We timed him to see how quickly he could decide between two choices. This game revealed that he loves dogs and Coca-Cola but he couldn’t choose between ice cream or cake. While he might have a sweet tooth, perhaps the sweetest moment was when he sang one of his hit songs “Riser” to a patient who participated by phone.

Amazing memories were created throughout his visit. Thank you Dierks, for spending part of your day with us, we had a blast!

 

 

 

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Cincinnati Studio Mangers

We’re shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special. 

MEET SUZANNE, WHITNEY & ZACH!

Our Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is run by three incredible people that dedicate themselves to creating programming that is fun, inspiring and uplifting for the patients.  Learn a little more about Suzanne, Whitney and Zach, in their own words:

SUZANNE 

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: 3 years
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My favorite show is Dog Tales with Chevy; a child life specialist brings our facility dog Chevy to the studio and we read stories and sing songs together. Chevy even has his own coloring page. Dance parties are a close second.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My most memorable studio guest is Josh Hutcherson because he just exuded joy and was up for anything with the patients. His mom was awesome too!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I paint and draw!

WHITNEY

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: I’ve been full time for a little over a year and a half. Before that I worked as an intern in the studio for 9 months.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My personal favorite game to play in the studio is “Heads Up!” but mostly whatever will get a kid laughing and smiling!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why}: I think Andy Grammer was the most memorable for me. Not only was he the first celebrity I ever interviewed (I was an intern and my nerves were off the charts); he was also completely selfless – doing whatever it took to make kids smile.
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): This is not necessarily a hidden talent but I have a crazy amount of Disney and pop culture knowledge.

ZACH

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: Almost 4 years (since it was a construction zone!)
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I really enjoy the fun challenge of finding a game or an activity that will make a child visiting the Seacrest Studio laugh.  When the kids that visit us are having a blast, whatever we are doing at that moment is my favorite activity.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): I really enjoyed Andy Grammer’s visit, and seeing how an amazingly talented guy can make a difference for kids while ad-libbing.  He can bring his guitar and sing personalized “Happy Birthday” songs for the kids, completely on the fly.  It was very impactful.
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I can remember facts with numbers easily.  And I am a huge fan of the NBA’s Boston Celtics.  I memorized the birthdays of the starting lineup when I was in fifth grade and it’s stuck with me!

Thank you Suzanne, Whitney and Zach for your dedication to the patients at Cincinnati Children’s and our studio!

 

Justin Moore Makes Patients Smile At Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Recap written by Seacrest Studios intern, Jessi Zachman
Video by by Seacrest Studios intern, Meghan Tillery

Country music singer/songwriter Justin Moore kicked back his cowboy boots with patients and families at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. In the midst of his American Made Tour, Moore answered questions about how he made it from a small town in Arkansas to the country music scene.

With encouragement from his family, Justin moved to Nashville when he was 18. After a lot of hard work and bit of luck, Justin signed a record deal. Looking back, one of his favorite moments in his career was the first time he played the Grand Ole Opry. “It was a really cool moment to be able to stand on the same stage that all of my heroes in music had stood,” Justin shared.

We also learned about the inspiration behind his songs and his advice to anyone trying to follow their dreams. He believes that you can do whatever you put your mind to, and “if you’re going to dream, you might as well dream big”.

During the Q&A session, we learned about some of Justin’s favorite things to do! He enjoys watching Disney movies with his three daughters (Beauty and the Beast is his favorite) and eating at Waffle House after his concerts. His favorite sports teams to follow are the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On the topic of movies, patient Eli shyly whispered his favorite movie into Justin’s ear— Cars with Lightning McQueen. Justin agreed that it was a great movie and told Eli that while McQueen was pretty cool, Tow-Mater was his favorite character.

Towards the end of his visit, Justin played a fun game of “Would You Rather”, where we learned that he would love to be able to fly. Next up was the “Moore or Less” game where he shared with us what he would like more or less of in his life. Dishes? Less! Songwriting? More!

We are so grateful Justin stopped by and hung out with us and we  hope we get to spend “moore” time with him some time soon.

Dancing With The Stars: Live! Visit Patients in Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Recap by Seacrest Studios intern, Isabelle Hanson
Highlight video by Seacrest Studios intern, Hank Risemberg
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Dancing with the Stars: Live! cast members took a break from their tour to hang out with the kids and families in Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It didn’t take long for a few avid fans to get emotional after nine of the dancers stepped foot in the studio.

Trading in dancing shoes for a microphone and headphones, we went live on air with a question and answer session–chatting about everything from Disney princesses and superheroes to the dancers’ dream jobs. When asked her biggest inspiration, Sharna Burgess shared, “We have the opportunity to make people feel great or enjoy their day or change their mood or inspire them, and I think that is actually what inspires us the most.” We learned the dancers have other talents as well, as Keo Motsepe broke out into an endearing version of Lionel Richie’s song “Hello”.

Next up was an exciting game of charades. Channeling their inner-animals, Laurie Hernandez, Alan Bersten, Jenna Johnson, and Keo gave us their best versions of monkeys, birds, elephants, and more. The patients and dancers guessed the enacted animals at a rapid-fire pace. Val asked the kids in the studio where they are from and their favorite sports team. The studio was bursting with laughter when an adorable patient named Kailee said, “I’m from my house.”

The visit concluded with a meet and greet picture session. Dancers surprised kids with toys and stuffed animal gifts.

A big thank you to the Dancing with the Stars: Live! cast members for making each patient feel special and filling the studio with energy and laughter!

Octonauts Meets Friends at Seacrest Studios in Cincinnati!

Recap by Seacrest Studio Intern: Kennedy Gennari

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was excited to welcome Octonauts’ Captain Barnacles and Tweak Bunny. The underwater exploring crew members left their Octopod base to spend the day singing, dancing, and meeting friends at our hospital.

One special patient’s day was made: Octonauts is his favorite show! He loved watching them on the studio televisions, but was a bit nervous as he approached them. Thanks to the team’s helper, Octo-Cadet, he quickly became comfortable and made some new animal friends. This visit’s mission is now complete and we can’t wait to have the Octonauts back on their next adventure!

Aly Raisman Plays ‘This Or That’ At Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Recap by Seacrest Studio Intern, Sydney Numbers 

Video by Seacrest Studio Intern, Kennedy Gennari

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Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was thrilled to welcome Team USA gymnast, Aly Raisman, to the studio. Aly has been traveling around the country with her teammates on the 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. When they stopped in Cincinnati, patients like Jess, Raylen, and Athena, got the chance to hang out with Aly in studio!

We got to know a lot about Aly during her on-air interview here at WKID. She told us that before she started gymnastics, her favorite sport was soccer, and her dad was even her coach. She started practicing gymnastics at the age of two, and when she turned eight she realized that gymnastics was something she wanted to pursue at a high level. Aly told caller, Maleeah, that her favorite gymnastics event is the floor exercise because she loves tumbling. But her second favorite event is the balance beam.

Co-hosts Raylen and his mom asked Aly how she stays motivated. Her advice is to find something that you love to do, and do it everyday. “I think everyone was put on this earth for a reason, so everyone has a different passion for something,” she explained. She also contributes her motivation and success to the support of her parents. Aly shared some advice for our kids in the hospital to help get through bad days. “I think we’re all our biggest critic… I like to start my morning with saying three nice things about myself. I think that kind of brightens up the day, brightens up the mood.”

Aly is not only a gymnast, she is also a designer, and has her own collection of socks and leotards. She said her favorite designs are always patriotic. Emma and Aniston called the studio and asked Aly what she likes to do when she takes a break from her busy schedule. She said outside the gym, she can be found spending time with her two dogs, swimming, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Aly played a rapid-fire game of “This or That” with her co-hosts, where we found out that she prefers dogs over cats, the ocean over a pool, coffee over tea, chocolate over vanilla, and the summer over the winter. She was also nice enough to stick around and play some Disney trivia with Talayha and McKinley. Afterwards, she kindly signed autographs and took photos with patients.

Everyone at CCHMC really enjoyed our visit with Aly Raisman. Thanks again, Aly, and good luck with everything you do!