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!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Nashville Studio Manager

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


We are so grateful that Mamie, the studio manager at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has dedicated so much time and love to Seacrest Studios. Mamie started as an intern at our Seacrest Studios in Atlanta and then helped us open and manage our studio in Charlotte. After a few years in Charlotte, she made the move to Nashville to help open and run our studio there.

Her dedication to our studios is inspiring and we want you to learn more about her in her own words:

  •  How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: I have worked for Seacrest Studios for 6 (going on 7) years!  My first role was as an intern at our first studio in Atlanta!
  •  Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: My favorite thing to do in the studio is laugh! Whether that is in an interview, a lip sync battle, or a game – as long as we are laughing, that is my favorite activity!  What better thrill is there than to watch abrave child sing openly and laugh uncontrollably.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): The opening of our Nashville studio was a pretty amazing memory with a global superstar guest: Taylor Swift! She surprised everyone!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): I am from Texas – I can work wonders with a can of hairspray and a teasing comb! 🙂

Thank you, Mamie, for bringing your positive energy to Seacrest Studios and the patients every day!


Over the coming weeks, we are going to be shining the spotlight on some of the amazing people that help make our Seacrest Studios around the country so special. From our studio managers to our patients, these individuals are the heart of our studios and we are so happy to share their stories!

First up…Meet Amina!

Amina is 8 years old, a patient at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital (in Nashville) and a total Seacrest Studios rockstar!  When she is not in Seacrest Studios playing Bingo (her favorite in-studio activity) you can be sure to catch her singing, dancing, painting or creating art and other crafts (all of her special talents.)

A few more awesome things about Amina in her own words:

  1. What is your favorite song? All the music from “Frozen!” (Anna from “Frozen” is her favorite!)
  2. Who was your favorite studio guest(s)? Miss Tennessee USA, Allee-Sutton Hethcoat because “she was very friendly and we exchanged crowns and secrets. I also like the Weatherman (NewsChannel5’s Henry Rothenberg), because he is funny!”
  3. What is your favorite subject in school? Science
  4. What do you want to be when you grow up? Right now it’s between a Care Partner and a Teacher.

Thank you, Amina, for always brightening our studio with your beautiful smile and endless creativity!


Rascal Flatts Perform LIVE from Nashville!

Recap By Mamie Shepherd
Video Recap by Katie Klochany, Elon University
Pictures by John Russell/Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Friends to Seacrest Studios, and award-winning country music trio, Rascal Flatts, gave a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind, multi-studio concert from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.  It was groundbreaking because this appearance allowed patients from Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; and Nashville, TN to come together by live stream to see and talk to “the most awarded country group of the past decade.” It was important to Rascal Flatts to reach as many sick and injured children as possible with their music.  The Flatts answered questions, signed autographs, and put on a concert that thrilled patients and families.

Rascal Flatts has sold over 22.5 million albums and has had 16 #1 single hits. The crowd that gathered in Nashville, and the fans watching from across the country, were delighted to have access to this incredibly talented group.

While on-air, the legendary Grand Ole Opry members performed some of their greatest hits including Bless the Broken RoadFast Cars and Freedom, and I Like the Sound of That!  Some very young fans of the movie, CARS, even brought their toy cars to be autographed recognizing Rascal Flatts as the performers who sang Life Is A Highway from the hit movie!

Seacrest Studios had started the season off early by playing songs from Rascal Flatts’ latest Christmas CD, The Greatest Gift of All.

It was fun to see The Flatts in person right after they were seen on the CMA Awards, and after their featured appearance on the hit country music video, Forever Country, where a long list of legends and newcomers joined together for one of the most incredible musical collaborations in country music history.

These generous singers acknowledged all that they have accomplished and all that they hope to do to help others.

Our holidays got a jump-start with Rascal Flatts and, because of their music and kindness, we will never be the same!

Seacrest Studios Goes Country With Kellie Pickler!


Recap by Mamie Shepherd


Seacrest Studios at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN was featured on an episode of Kellie Pickler’s CMT reality show, “I Love Kellie Pickler.”  What an amazing experience this was for patients and families to not only get to meet country music’s sweetheart, but also participate in a real television show!

The episode brought Kellie and her singer/songwriter husband, Kyle Jacobs, to the studio and the laughs they generate cannot be contained!  Kellie charmed her way into the hearts of everyone at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital!  During her visit, she brought friends Ken Johnson, and Andi Zack-Johnson, along with her. This husband-wife duo, also known as Huck & Lilly, may be recognized by children for their work on the album, There’s A Tree Growing in my Room!  Ken and Andi brought contagious joy, wonderful music, and a fun sense of humor to the happy experience we all had at Seacrest Studios.

Patients and families were entertained by all of the fun during a Q&A session with Kellie.  Her answers were hilarious, and the giggles were non-stop!  We also learned how to Whip/Nae Nae and we enjoyed a funny version of Hospital Relay Challenge played by Kellie and her friends!

Kellie did pause from the laughs long enough to speak with patients about the importance of keeping good company – something we most certainly did when she came to the studio!

Our thanks to Kellie, Kyle, Andi, and Ken for a fun afternoon – one we will re-live this season on “I Love Kellie Pickler“!

The Band Perry Celebrates Release of ‘Comeback Kid’ at Seacrest Studios Nashville

Video and blog by Seacrest Studios Intern, Katie Klochany

Country music fans flocked to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to meet Kimberly, Reid, and Neil from The Band Perry.

The Band Perry’s visit was filled with excitement as they celebrated the release of their first new song in a year, “Comeback Kid.” Written to inspire friends and fans walking through a challenging time, the musicians hope to encourage those who come out on the other side landing on their feet. The band revealed the immense difficulty in keeping the release of the song a secret, and Kimberly confessed in most situations, she would be the first one to spill a secret.

With questions in hand, curious patients asked about the early stages of the family band, discovering that youngest brother, Neil, was well liked by older sister, Kimberly, because he smelled like pizza when he was born.. After an exciting game of “Song-Moji”, Kimberly shared she has a “No No” list of words she will never put in songs, including any word related to the weather. However, we were happy to hear “Seacrest” is not on this list, and may appear in their next single. We will have to stay tuned.

Thanks so much for an incredible visit, we cannot wait to have you back in Seacrest Studios!

Jordan Fisher Answers Patient Questions In Seacrest Studios Nashville

Video and blog by Seacrest Studios Intern, Katie Klochany

It was an exciting Friday night when patients welcomed “Teen Beach Movie” and “Grease Live” star, Jordan Fisher, to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Cheers and applause erupted as the actor/singer appeared through the glass doors of Seacrest Studios as patients exclaimed, “Teen Beach Movie is my favorite!” Immediately, patients started interviewing the star asking questions like “What is your favorite movie?” which Fisher embarrassingly answered From Justin to Kelly and “What will you name your future pet?” a question Fisher pondered before replying “Carly,” after one of the patients in the room. Fisher also revealed his start in the acting industry began in 5th grade, all because of a girl! When she asked if he was going to the Drama Club meeting he quickly responded yes, and has been an actor and singer ever since.

Fisher also revealed to patients that he procrastinates getting out of bed in the morning, even though he feels the most productive when starting the day early. We learned that with a busy day on set or a long day in a hospital, Fisher recommends always finding things that bring you joy. Hang out with family, find a hobby, watch shows or movies, read books, or listen to music to distract you from all the waiting.

Finally, after a fast paced round of the “Hum Along Game” Fisher ended his visit with a skeptical patient asking if he really starred in Teen Beach Movie. To prove himself Fisher was able to remember and perform part of the “Surf’s Up” dance from the finale of the film.

Thank you so much for all the smiles, laughs, and dance moves you brought to the studio Jordan! Come back to visit us anytime!

Frankie Ballard Sings ‘Young and Crazy’ With A Patient In Seacrest Studios

Video by Seacrest Studios Intern, Katie Klochany.
Blog by: Mamie Shepherd

We always love when Frankie Ballard stops by Seacrest Studios…and patients were very excited to welcome him for the first time to our Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt!

Frankie’s last visit was filled with fun questions from patients like, “How old were you when you sang your first song?”  He told us about being on the road and even took a poll of the audience in Seacrest Studios to find out what might make the best “bus pet”. We wanted to know all about his hit song, Young and Crazy, and how Frankie would make a hospital gown cool.  His advice was to “be creative, be confident, be comfortable.” There were so many little fans in the studio hanging on his every word! We even had one patient who knew the songs he performed by heart!

It was fun to find out that, after a big break winning Kenny Chesney’s Next Big Star competition, Ballard went on to open for Chesney, Lady Antebellum, and Florida Georgia Line!

Ballard’s new album, El Rio, was recently recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 25 “Best Country and Americana Albums of 2016″ so far. We were lucky enough to catch this generous, talented artist while he was home in Nashville.

Come back anytime, Frankie! You’re as “Good As Gold” to us!


American Authors Play ‘Hum Along’ in Seacrest Studios Nashville

Recap By Seacrest Studios Intern, Lexi Miller
Videos By Seacrest Studios Intern, Katie Klochany.

American Authors visited Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and discussed their upcoming album, “What We Live For.” The band agreed that their first album “Oh, What a Life” was written about previous life experiences whereas this next album is focused more about their goals and dreams for the future. The band is open about their very intimate songwriting approach stating, “music is a bit of a diary because those are your experiences.”

The band seems to have many hidden talents along with their obvious musical gift. Bandmate Matt Sanchez has been working on a novel which includes a loose history of what the band has been through thus far. The book allegedly contains characters based on each of the other band members. In their free time, the band enjoys outdoor activities like snowboarding, rock climbing, and hiking. They try to stay active on their days off!

We learned where the band came up with the name “American Authors” originally. The bandmates are from all across the United States and each have unalike backgrounds and upbringings. As for the second part of the name they said, “we feel like we are authors because we have stories to tell.”

After the interview, the band played a game of “Hum Along” where one person hums a song and the other guesses. Their humming skills were very impressive!

We loved having American Authors in the studio and we can’t wait to see them again!

ACM® Lifting Lives® Music Camp Visits Seacrest Studios Nashville With RaeLynn

For the seventh year, ACM® Lifting Lives® hosted their Music Camp, a week-long residential program open to campers (talented in music) with Williams Syndrome. The Camp has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education.

This year, the camp made a special stop in our brand new studio at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital where campers learned how to be radio DJs by interviewing singer-songwriter RaeLynn.

A big thanks to ACM® Lifting Lives® for inviting the campers and RaeLynn to our studio for this great visit. We loved meeting everyone!