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RSF Spotlight: Meet Our Orange County Studio Manager

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

MEET BRYAN!

Bryan, the studio manager of Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Of Orange County, has been with the studio since it opened and we are very lucky to have him on our team! Not only has Bryan made the studio a special and fun place for patients to hang out, he has also been a great mentor to many of the students that have interned there! Learn more about him in his own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios? 4 years (since the studio opened!)
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: “What’s Behind Me.” It is a game we play in front of the green screen where we put up funny videos and photos and the host guesses where they are reporting from based on clues from callers and in-studio guests.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): Andy Grammar! He was such a kind person and was a great performer in the studio.  He actually even took requests for covers from the patients and families that came down.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? Something that a lot of people don’t know about me is that I can play over 20 different instruments (Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Xylophone, Drums, Various Percussion Instruments and Piano).

Thank you, Bryan, for making Seacrest Studios at CHOC such an awesome place to be!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Charlotte Studio Manager

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

MEET MEREDITH!

      

Meredith, the studio manager of Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital takes having fun, seriously! Always smiling and ready to play, Meredith exudes positivity and has made being in studio such a special and exciting experience. Learn more about her in her own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios? About a year and a half! Since March 2016.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I dress up as Anna from Frozen every Wednesday to play Bingo and deliver prizes to all of our patients at Levine Children’s Hospital.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why}: Our patients that host their own unique hour-long shows! Celebrity-wise, I would pick Madisyn Shipman from Nickelodeon’s Gameshakers. She was so touched from her studio visit that she created a once-in-a-lifetime “prom” experience for Joe, a cystic fibrosis patient, on her own time with the help of Levine Children’s Hospital.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent? I can make towel animals, speak French, N64 Master, human jukebox/identify any song faster than Shazam.

Thank you, Meredith, we are grateful for the time you have spent making Seacrest Studios such an awesome place to be. 

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Philadelphia Studio Manager

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

MEET KENT!

Kent, our studio manager at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has helped make Seacrest Studios an incredibly special place to hang out every day. His enthusiasm, positivity and dedication to the studio and patients are just a few of the many reasons we are lucky to have him as part of our team. Learn more about Kent in his own words:

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios:  6 Years (and our studio just turned 6 years old!)
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I love playing with voice changers. I also love to watch even the most timid kids light up when they come into the studio.
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): I really enjoyed having Pauly D in studio after his run on Jersey Shore. He exceeded all my expectations of any guest that could come to the studio.  He drove himself to the hospital, he was incredibly kind and engaging with the children and he offered up hours of his time to do as many room visits as there were families who wanted to meet him.
  • Do you have a hidden talent?: I have three: I sing, I’m a certified sky diver and I play on a billiards team!

Thank you, Kent, for helping fill our studio with so many smiles!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Connor

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

 MEET CONNOR!   

Connor, a patient at Children’s Health Dallas, can regularly be found in Seacrest Studios playing with the equipment and interviewing celebrity guests! His amazing questions and excitement for the studio always brings a smile to everyone that meets him. Get to know more about Connor in his own words:

  • How old are you? 14
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? My favorite artist is Spyro Gyra and my favorite song is “Morning Dance.”
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? I like to switch videos on the Tricaster!
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? I loved meeting Mike Love (from The Beach Boys) because I like his music and he had interesting interview answers.  He told me all about “Kokomo”
  • Do you have a special hidden talent: Yes, I broadcast my own radio station with a modified residential FM broadcaster. I mostly play whatever CD’s I have laying around in my room.

Thank you, Connor, for helping make Seacrest Studios in Dallas such an awesome place to be!

RSF Spotlight: Meet The Baxter Sisters

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

MEET AUTUMN & MADISON!

(Autumn on Left, Madison on Right)

Patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and regulars in Seacrest Studios, Autumn and Madison Baxter love playing games and meeting celebrities in studio!  Learn more about them in their own words:

AUTUMN

  • How old are you? 15
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Luke Bryan
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? I just like hanging out there!
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? Luke Bryan, because he’s hot and he sang ‘Play It Again’ for us!

MADISON

  • How old are you?  17
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Maroon 5
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? I like to play games (some of my favorites are Scattegories, Dictionary and Head’s Up)
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? I loved meeting Luke Bryan because he was so nice and took selfies with every patient.

Thank you Autumn and Madison for spending so much time with us in studio and helping make it such a special place to be.

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!

 

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Our Dallas Studio Managers

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

MEET CHANCE AND PAULA!

We are so lucky to have Chance and Paula running Seacrest Studios at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Their dedication to the patients and studio is inspiring and they make every day so much fun! Learn a little more about Chance and Paula in their own words:

CHANCE

  •  How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios: Five years. Wow, that’s gone by fast!
  •  Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: Our spring and fall concert series gives local musicians a chance to perform at the hospital.  There is great live music, prize raffles, bubble machine and popcorn. It’s so much fun!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): It’s hard to choose one, but I have a great memory of Chris Martin’s visit. One of our patients played piano and sang a Coldplay song for him.  Chris was genuinely caught up in the song, and halfway through it, he started to sing along.  It was a great moment, and we were also able to send the patient and his family to the concert that night!
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): It’s not really hidden, but in my free time I enjoy training for triathlons and compete in Ironman races.

PAULA

  • How long you have worked at Seacrest Studios:  I’ve worked at Seacrest Studios for three years and I’m loving every minute of it.
  • Favorite thing (game/activity, etc.) you do in studio: I love the games we play in studio. Hosting Bingo brings out another level of my silly side and delivering prizes to our winners’ hospital rooms is so rewarding. I love to see the kids light up with excitement!
  • Most memorable studio guest (and why): My favorite thing about the Seacrest Studios is seeing the transformation within the kids. They walk in as hospital patients a little shy and next thing you know we’re all dancing the Whip and Nae Nae and laughing. It’s rewarding to see them have a little fun and joy during their hospital stay.
  • Special hidden talent (if you have one): Not so hidden and definitely not a talent, but before working here I didn’t know I would dance so much at work. I enjoy doing my crazy dance moves just to make a kid (or their parent) smile!

Thank you Chance and Paula for making every day in Seacrest Studios such an exciting adventure!

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Bryson

Bryson, a patient and the “mayor” of Levine Children’s Hospital, is a Seacrest Studios all-star.

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!

 

RSF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Amina!

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!