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The Fresh Beat Bands Makes A Special Stop At Seacrest Studios!

Cincinnati Children’s was so excited to welcome the Fresh Beat Band to Seacrest Studios! The Nickelodeon stars stopped by the studio before a performance in downtown Cincinnati. They met with patients, signed autographs and even played trivia on air.

If the smiles and laughter were any indication, the patients and families were so happy to have the Fresh Beat Band’s energy and compassion in the studio. Twist, Shout, Kiki and Marina talked about their love for performing and the joy they get from seeing kids dancing in the audience to their music.

Shout rode a bus 12 hours from New York City to Cincinnati to make it to the hospital in time to meet with patients. Children in the hospital flooded into the studio to meet the band and ask them questions about what it’s like to perform on stages around the country.

Thank you Marina, Shout, Twist and Kiki so much for visiting and making the day better for our patients and families!

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Written by Seacrest Studios Intern, Courtney Danser

 

Kat Graham Spends Some Quality Time At Seacrest Studios

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was so excited to meet Kat Graham, from The Vampire Diaries, when she stopped by Seacrest Studios for a visit. Originally planning on coming by for a quick visit, the actress, singer and dancer, ended up staying 2 hours!

During her interview in studio, Kat talked about the 100th episode of The Vampire Diaries. She explained that all of the cast was so excited to watch the episode (which aired the night of her visit to the hospital) and were all going over to Nina Dobrev’s house to watch. We learned that cast is so close that they hang out all the time (even when they are not on set.)

Kat currently lives in Atlanta while filming The Vampire Diaries and she said she loves all of the southern hospitatility. She also has a home in LA and travels back and forth all the time, so she can spend time with her fiancé, her family and her dog! Kat recently adopted a new puppy, affectionately known as “Fluff McGruff” since she’s a little fur ball.

She told us that she loves to sing, dance and act and has been acting since she was 6 – when she got her first commercial. She speaks four languages, which she says has really helped her connect with her fans all over the world.

After her interview, Kat took the time to meet all the patients and ended up making so many new friends. She also played a lively game of “Guess What?!” which brought out her true competitive spirit. We suggested that she should go on Hollywood Game Night, because she would do such a good job!

It was so much fun hanging out with Kat during her visit, and we really hope she comes back to spend time with all her new friends at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta soon!

Kira Kosarin Meets Excited Nickelodeon Fans At Seacrest Studios!

Over the holidays, patients and families were excited to meet Kira Kosarin, who plays Phoebe Thunderman on Nickelodeon’s hit television series The Thundermans, when she stopped by for a visit at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.  The show itself is based around a suburban family with superpowers, specifically 14 year old twins, who are played by Kira and Jack Griffo.

During her interview she explained that she found her inspiration for acting from watching shows on Nickelodeon with her idols Victoria Justice and Miranda Cosgrove.  She also told the patients that the entire cast is the “farthest from serious that anyone could be most of the time.”  She said they are constantly playing jokes on each other and teasing each other, mentioning that her co-stars Diego and Jack are the ones who start the majority of the antics.

Kira also did her best impression of her co-star Jack Griffo and pop artist Britney Spears for our patients in studio which got everyone laughing.

After her visit to the studio, Kira visited patient floors to hang out with some of her fans at their bedside.

Thank you Kira for an amazing visit and we hope to see you and the rest of the cast of The Thundermans back at Seacrest Studios soon!

Dave Koz Creates Beautiful Music At Seacrest Studios!

During the holidays, Dave Koz, the extremely talented, grammy nominated jazz saxophonist, visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and Seacrest Studios as a Starlight Global Ambassador.  Dave was in Atlanta for his annual Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour and CHOA was one of 20 hospitals along Dav’s tour route receiving 3 Starlight tablets and a donation of toys that were on the hospital’s holiday Wish List!

Dave has been touring the country since 1990 and tours with about 23 people as part of his show. He said that his favorite time to be on the road is at Christmas, because people are “very much in the holiday spirit, they are filled with love in their hearts and minds.” He takes 3 saxophones with him on the road (his Alto sax, tenor and soprano –which is the baby).  When asked if he names his saxophones, he recalled the days of watching one of his favorite old TV shows, “My Three Sons” – so they are named, Chip, Ernie & Rob, after the show!

Dave first picked up the saxophone at age 13 (after starting on the piano first).  His mom was a music nut and really encouraged him to embrace it himself. When he found the sax, it felt like a natural fit.

He delighted the patients by taking song requests…and played “Frosty The Snowman” for patient, Ryan and “Rudoph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” for patient, Ayana.

We are so happy he was able to spend the holidays with us and hope he comes back and shares his beautiful music with us again!

Chris Wallace Answers Patient Questions At Seacrest Studios!

Chris Wallace stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) while in town to perform the National Anthem at the Georgia Tech basketball game. He explained that it was easy to choose what to wear for his performance because his alma mater, Purdue, has the same school colors at Georgia Tech!

While studying at Purdue, Chris wrote his first song, “Remember When (Push Rewind)” in his college dorm room.  He played the song for his cousin, who told him he hated it, but Chris loved it so much he posted it online.  Good thing he did, because within two weeks major music labels were interested in signing him! Soon enough his music was on the radio, and he remembers hearing his song for the first time on air while in Orlando.

The patients asked some other really great questions:

 

Q: Name a place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been?

A: Japan

 

Q: Who is one of your favorite artists?

A: Taylor Swift

 

Q: Who would you like to record a song with?

A: Pink

 

Q: Since you were in a band and you also have a solo career, which is better?

A: Being in a band is fun because you’re hanging out with your friends, but when you’re solo, you are the sole decision maker, so less politics!”

 

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?

A: Traveling the world, writing more songs for myself and other people and hopefully coming back to CHOA for another visit!
We definitely hope another visit to CHOA is in Chris’ future and we thank him for spending time with us.

Patient Raps For Travie McCoy & Flo Rida in Seacrest Studios!

Before the New Year, Travie McCoy and Flo Rida stopped by Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Greeted by many (MANY!) excited fans the two artists took time to take pictures with the patients and get interviewed in studio.

To their surprise (and delight), Travie and Flo Rida even got a special performance from one of the patients…

Many thanks to the guys for their special visit…it is one the patients will always remember!

Belk Bowl Teams Score a Touchdown at Seacrest Studios

The patients at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) had a lot to cheer about when the Cincinnati Bearcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels went head-to-head in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC.  Football players from both teams made an appearance at Seacrest Studios before their face off on the gridiron.  You would not have guessed any rivalry though from these bigger-than-life teams when they focused on patients.  Their goal was to bring joy to the children who could not be home for the holidays and they clearly scored in that endeavor.

The Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast Conference), led by their coach, Larry Fedora, and the Bearcats (American Athletic Conference), led by their coach, Tommy Tuberville, brought music, laughter, and stories to Seacrest Studios. Both teams SANG and shared New Year’s resolutions with patients at LCH.  Players also talked about their own injuries and how they work to overcome them and get back in the game.

The studio erupted in laughter as these star athletes, and their coaches, talked about everything from free time to chocolate milk!  Their competitiveness isn’t just confined to a football field either!  We saw some pretty fierce competition when the players faced off with their own team members for a game of Guess What!

Seacrest Studios was an exciting place to be right after the holidays and we thank the Belk Bowl teams for taking time away from practice to show us what true sportsmanship is like.  Their goal was to spread holiday cheer and they scored big points with their fans at Seacrest Studios and Levine Children’s Hospital.

Ciara Bravo Talks About Her Cincinnati Roots At Seacrest Studios!

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center patients were very excited to welcome Nickelodeon star Ciara Bravo to Seacrest Studios! The born and raised Cincinnatian stars in the television show Big Time Rush and just recently released the Nickelodeon original movie Jinxed.

While in the studio she answered questions on-air with studio manager Zach Wells and talked about her new movie, her “big career break” on Big Time Rush, her love of traveling, and even her favorite things about Cincinnati. She also read a couple of children’s books over the air and answered some calls from patients, even singing “Happy Birthday” to one of them! After the show she took pictures and talked to a couple of patients about the upcoming holidays and their plans.

On behalf of Seacrest Studios, the home of WKID33, we would like to thank Ciara Bravo for coming to visit us and hope to see her again soon.

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Written by Seacrest Studios intern, Hayley Drumm

Alberto Del Rio Visits Seacrest Studios On His Way to SmackDown!

As we near the end of the year, Seacrest Studios Charlotte looks back at some of the big moments for patients at Levine Children’s Hospital.  When WWE two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio, stopped by on his way to SmackDown, patients were in awe!  The 239 pound, 6’5″ professional wrestler proved his big heart is as award-winning as his championship bouts in the ring.

Assuring patients that their real opponent in life does not appear in a wrestling ring, but in everyday struggles they may face, Del Rio said not to surrender to those struggles, that strength comes from meeting your struggles head-on. Speaking in both Spanish and English, this larger-than-life wrestler lingered to take pictures and sign autographs before facing his next championship battle in Charlotte.

Our thanks to Alberto Del Rio for helping us with the tools we need to help fight our struggles and win hard battles.

Flo Rida “Shows Love” To Seacrest Studios

Flo Rida packed the house at Seacrest Studios when he stopped by for a visit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Taking a break from rehearsals for his performance at the Jingle Ball, Flo Rida answered a wide variety of questions from excited patients, and ended his appearance by meeting with and signing autographs for all in attendance!

Sporting a Santa hat and his signature sunglasses, Flo Rida enlightened the audience about what got him into music.  His passion started at fourteen years old when he would listen to tapes in his aunt’s garage with his cousins and eventually started coming up with his own raps.  Flo Rida, whose hits include “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones,” cited his cousins as the ones who encouraged him to continue pursuing music.

One of the audience’s most burning questions was how he came up with his famous moniker.  Flo Rida, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, explained that he and his friends were stumped as to what his performing name should be until he had the inspiration to pay homage to his home state – Florida.  The name also has significance because of his fast rapping style, which is referred to as “flow.”

His visit to CHOP is just one of the many charitable things he does.  He talked about his two charities, Florida Youth Football League and Big Dreams for Kids Foundation.  Both are dedicated to improving the lives of children, a cause which to close to his heart.  He emphasized how important it is to him to show his gratitude for all he has and to give back to others.  “Be humble, show love,” he stated, adding that he loves to receive smiles and give smiles to others.

Flo Rida’s music career is so busy that, when asked by a patient, he could not remember how many songs he has made.  A lot of these songs are collaborations, which he said that he enjoys doing because they allow him to make new friends, as well as grow as an artist. T-Pain has been his favorite collaborator, because of the huge success of their song “Low,” which was one of Flo’s early hits.

Everyone had a great time meeting Flo Rida and hearing his answers to the many questions he was asked. It was a great visit and we hope he stops by again the next time he is in Philadelphia!
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Written by Seacrest Studios intern, Erin McInerney