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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!

Eric Paslay Returns To Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Recap by Seacrest Studios Intern, Sydney Numbers

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Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was excited to welcome country singer-songwriter, Eric Paslay, for the second time. Paslay stopped by the studio before performing a show in Cincinnati later in the evening, and was nice enough to answer questions from the co-hosts and studio audience.

Paslay talked about how the first hit song he wrote, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, was recorded by country singer, Jake Owen, and he first heard the song on the radio while driving in Nashville, TN. He revealed he had butterflies the first time he performed in front of an audience of 70,000 people, the biggest crowd he has ever played for. Paslay also revealed he likes all kinds of music; some of his favorite artists include Bruce Springsteen, Adele, Coldplay, and the Rolling Stones. Paslay also said that a dream of his is to work with country superstar, Dolly Parton.

Assistant Media Specialist, Whitney Osborne, asked Paslay what age he realized he wanted to pursue a music career. He said that when he was young, he wanted to be a doctor because he was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes and wanted to help kids just like his doctors helped him. However, when he was 18 years old, he went to college for music business and decided he wanted to pursue music.

After the interview, Paslay played a rapid-fire game to “This or That,” and we found out he prefers dogs over cats, vanilla over chocolate, and Chinese food over pizza. He also played a game of “Pass or Play”, where we found out he loves to play football, mountain climb, and go zip lining.

Paslay even played his new song, “Angels in This Town,” for the studio audience. “The main reason we’re here is to thank all the angels in this town,” he explained. “All the nurses and doctors that help y’all everyday… I just think they’re creating miracles everyday…” We couldn’t agree more. He was also nice enough to stay and sign autographs and take pictures with patients. We really enjoyed our visit with Eric Paslay and we can’t wait for him to visit us again!

Maren Morris Sings Her Hit ‘My Church’ At Seacrest Studios Cincinnati

Written by Seacrest Studios Intern, Ryan Korengel

Maren Morris recently visited Seacrest Studio at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to spend time with the patients, answer their questions and sing for them in studio.

During the visit, we learned so much about the country music singer.  Morris told us that she was born in Texas, where she lived until she moved to Nashville in her early twenties. She went on to answer questions, such as her favorite food, which is Mexican and her favorite Disney movie, which is The Little Mermaid. She told an especially inquisitive patient that although she has had the opportunity to ride in a limousine, it is not her typical transportation. Maren Morris told us that she, “always knew [she] wanted to be a singer”. She elaborated on her style by telling us that she gets inspiration “everywhere from relationships, friendships, heartbreaks, and life.”

Since many of our patients were unable to attend the visit, we prerecorded some of the questions these patients had for Maren Morris. Serenity, for example, asked what Maren Morris likes to do when she isn’t working. She told this patient that she loves to spend time with friends and family whenever she can, although that is difficult sometimes since she lives so far away from her family. Another patient, Natasha, asked how she was discovered. Her response was that she moved to Nashville and began writing songs until she eventually recorded an album.

After answering questions, Morris touched on some serious and inspirational topics. She gave the children advice on following their dreams. Maren Morris left the patients, advising them to, “Stay true to what you’re doing, what you love, and be patient. It takes a lot of hard work”.

Andrew McMahon Makes A Visit To Seacrest Studios in Cincinnati

Blog by: Kelly Cassano, Seacrest Studios Intern

Seacrest Studio at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center welcomed singer/songwriter and leukemia survivor Andrew McMahon on Friday. The visit began with a montage looking back on McMahon’s career throughout the past 15 years. He has been a part of the bands: Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin and more recently, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. He is also known for being the founder of the Dear Jack Foundation, which raises money to support young adults fighting cancer. The foundation was something McMahon said he was very adamant about starting due to his battle with leukemia when he was 22 years old.

McMahon graciously opened the floor to any questions from the crowd and was very open about his past fighting cancer and living in hospitals. We learned his favorite Disney movie is Aladdin, and that the piano is the only instrument he has mastered!  Following the interview, McMahon took part in games where he had to listen to a clip of music and name the song or artist, often times with help from the children. Upon signing off the show, he also gave an encouraging message to the patients in the hospital reminding them to keep cool, remain brave, and to always think of what you have to look forward to in the future. Wrapping up his visit, McMahon signed autographs and took pictures with the patients and their families. We were so lucky to have Andrew stop in, and cannot thank him enough for his visit.