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New Kids On The Block Visit Patients At Seacrest Studios Charlotte

Video by Intern, Isabella Branham
Blog Post by Intern, Robert Rubino

New Kids On The Block took time from The Total Package Tour to hang in Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital. Since the band is originally from New England, they all agree that the south brings true “southern hospitality” along with the hustle and bustle of a big city. From north to south and coast to coast, NKOTB agrees that one of the most important things you can do while traveling is learn the culture from the people. Whether you wind up in a big city like Pittsburgh or a small town in Utah, everyone will have an interesting story that can connect people together with similarities or differences.

Since their most recent album, Thankful, released in May, it only seemed fitting to go around the room and have the boys share what they were all thankful for. It turned out that great minds do think alike and two members voted “family” while the other two voted for “the present.” When asked to elaborate, Danny and Jordan expressed their gratitude in being able to see or talk to their family between tours or recordings. Joe and Donnie both agreed that being able to “live in the now” must come in handy when the “adult world” becomes chaotic and stressful.

Taking a trip to the past, Joe and Danny were asked what their favorite childhood memories were and both shared what their favorite Christmas presents were. Joe recalled quite nostalgically about the day he walked into the dining room and seeing the ventriloquist doll he had been wanting for the past few months while Danny remembered receiving a Godzilla figure that he still keeps to this day. Before the times of Twitter and other forms of social media, the band mentioned how they would spend the whole day replying back to letters they received from their fans. However, letters definitely hold their own sort of charm to them since everyone’s handwriting is unique and receiving a handwritten letter from your favorite boy band is something anyone would always treasure.

Before leaving the guys were asked about advice for any of the patients going through tough times. Without hesitation, Jordan reminded Seacrest Studios that “children are stronger than we think” and are “much more accepting of tough situations” and that was inspiring.

It was great to see that NKOTB had not lost their childlike wonder and reminded Levine Children’s Hospital to be “thankful” for every minute that ticks by.

Patients at Seacrest Studios Charlotte Interview Dierks Bentley!

Written by: Seacrest Studios Intern, Lillie Burrow
Video by: Seacrest Studios Interns, Gracie Thompson & Sarah Ann Craven

We kicked off Dierks Bentley’s visit at Levine Children’s Hospital with a round of questions from our patients. We learned that his favorite Charlotte activity is visiting the Science Discovery Museum with his kids! In an extensi

During the interview, we learned Dierks has an affinity for vegetables, and if he were to have a statue made of him, he would pose with his fists in the air as if on stage in front of a cheering crowd. Dierks admitted that was one of his favorite questions, but our favorite moment was Dierks showcasing his version of the running man and attempting a DJ voice.

Dierks played a round of “Guess that Country Music Star,” and one could say he knew his colleagues pretty well. Dierks and Bryson even sang “Huntin, Fishin, and Lovin Every Day” together. Afterward, Gray quizzed Dierks on his favorite holiday and was so adamant Christmas is the best holiday that he convinced Dierks to change his answer from The Fourth of July to Christmas, too.

When asked whom he resembled, Dierks had the studio laughing when he humbly confessed he looks like Brad Pitt; however, a highlight of the visit was when he was asked, “What is one word you would use to describe yourself,” and Dierks said he hoped it would be grateful.

We sure are grateful for your visit, Dierks! Thanks for a fabulous afternoon full of fun games and unforgettable dance moves!

RSF Spotlight: Meet Ryan!

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

Ryan is one of the awesome patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and can often be seen hanging out in Seacrest Studios! Learn a little more about him in his own words:

  • How old are you? I’m 11
  • Who is your favorite artist and or song? Flo Rida
  • What is your favorite thing to do in the studio? Bingo. I love it because we get prizes!
  • Who was your favorite studio guest? The Vamps. They were great and they sang in studio.
  • Do you have a special hidden talent: I can skateboard!

Thank you Ryan for alway filling the studio with your great smile!

The Chainsmokers Talk Music & Puppies At Seacrest Studios Colorado

Recap written by: Seacrest Studios Intern, Morgan Carter
Video by: Chris Coleman, additional footage by Seacrest Studios Interns Kate Nawoyski and Amanda Thiel
Photos: by Chris Coleman
Additional Production by: Cody Hudson and Seacrest Studios Intern, Morgan Carter
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Alex and Drew of The Chainsmokers (TCS) came by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Hospital Colorado to have fun with their excited fans! They smiled and laughed with patients, telling everyone about their favorite animails (Alex loves golden retrievers, Drew is a cat guy…but don’t tell anybody!) – and naming all the imaginary dogs they wish they had! In addition, they talked about how cool it was performing at the VMAs and working with artists like Daya and Halsey.

Drew and Alex shared that they had met through their manager and things took off from there! They joked around with everyone and the studio was laughing along with them. When asked about the superpowers they wished they could have had, teleportation, time travel, and flying topped their lists.

Before leaving the studio, TCS promised to make a shout-out to the Children’s Hospital and the Seacrest Studio during their show at Red Rocks Amphitheater the following night! They ended their visit by signing autographs and posing for pictures with excited patients. At the end of their awesome sold-out Red Rocks show the next evening, they gave an awesome shout-out to Seacrest Studios at the Children’s Hospital Colorado! Thanks, TCS!!!

 

Rob Manfred Visits Seacrest Studios During All-Star Week

Recap By: Kevin Altimier, Seacrest Studios Intern
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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred visited Seacrest Studios at Cincinnati Children’s during All-Star Week to hang out with patients and their families.

The kids had a fantastic time playing games with him, including “Guess that Mascot”. The Commissioner had to guess the names of mascots, and for which teams they serve, based off of pictures that we put up on the screen.  Our patients made great “phone-a-friends” and gave great hints along the way.

Our studio also aired a collection of clips from famous baseball movies, and Commissioner Manfred guessed which movie it was.  The members of the studio audience had the chance to ask him any questions that they wanted.  One question that really stumped the Commissioner:  “What is your favorite team?” He told the story that he went to his first Yankees game in 1968 and watched the great Mickey Mantle hit two home runs.  Now, though, he has no favorite team since it’s his job to oversee all thirty!

There was a lot of laughter from the audience when we played the studio favorite “What’s Behind Me?”, in which the Commissioner sat in front of a green screen and, thanks to clues from the children, tried to guess the photos behind him.  He seemed to really enjoy this part of his visit, and the kids were having a great time playing with him.  The Commissioner brought some MLB All-Star gear with him, which he autographed and handed to kids, along with taking pictures with them.  The kids had a great time and we hope he will visit again soon!