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Construction update on Colfax Avenue
The City of Aurora is planning a major construction project near Anschutz Medical Campus. While Aurora has not yet finalized a groundbreaking start date, when it begins, a five-phase, three-year construction project will be initiated. The first phase of this construction project will occur on Colfax Avenue between Peoria and Ursula Street.
This construction project is meant to address substantial flood risk in and around Campus by installing an updated stormwater conveyance system. Please allow extra time to get to your child's appointment, and visit Aurora Water's website for project updates.
On June 20, 2014, Children's Hospital Colorado, in partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and the Children’s Colorado Foundation, opened Seacrest Studios. A new state-of-the-art, multimedia radio and TV studio, Seacrest Studios broadcasts on BBOY45 (channel 45) to the closed-circuit TV system for the patients, families and visitors on Anschutz Medical Campus.
Within the glass, wood and whiteboard walls of the Seacrest Studios, we provide a fun-filled experience where patients and families leave the rigors of the hospital behind. The studio gives kids the chance to be kids – to sing, to dance, to explore. But most of all, it gives kids a chance to have fun. While doing so, they might even have a chance to meet some of their heroes.
Since opening, Seacrest Studios at Children's Colorado has hosted visits from celebrities like Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, Colorado Rockies legend Todd Helton, country music group Lady Antebellum, American Idol winner Maddie Poppe, Nick Jonas, Denver Broncos players, Twenty-One Pilots and superstar singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Patients can come down to the Seacrest Studio to play guest DJ on the microphone or they participate from their rooms by watching channel 45 on their TV. Patients can call in to play bingo every Wednesday, “Jeopardy” every Friday, to request a song or give a shout-out anytime during broadcast hours.
Seacrest Studios benefactor and media icon Ryan Seacrest described the studio’s mission in an interview: “Our hope is that the patients will benefit from the studio’s interactive nature and find a creative outlet and healing opportunity during their stay.”
Yes, we have studio stats and programming lists. But more importantly, we have relationships. In fact, patients are flocking to the Seacrest Studios at every opportunity. Some, like 5-year-old Lizzi, come in and sing along to their favorite songs, like Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ or the Greatest Showman’s ‘Never Enough.’
Others like Gabby just want to learn how all the equipment works, filling in the role of guest DJ and setting up a playlist for the rest of the day.
Judson hosts his own show for kids in the hospital every Thursday, reading a book, asking comprehension questions, and playing games. His mom, Carol, says, “I watch Judson as he demonstrates how someone with a single head switch and a computer make people laugh, learn and accept people with disabilities.”
Engaging and entertaining programming is presented in partnership with a host of hospital departments, including Child Life, Volunteer Association, Creative Arts Therapy, Nurses and more, as well as relationships sparked outside the hospital in the music, arts and media communities.
In addition to song requests, kids on the mics and ad-libbed hilarity (did you hear about the time one of our hosts ate a “skunk spray” flavored jellybean?), our programming includes:
Seacrest Studios also receives special visits from princesses, superheroes, magicians, music teachers and athletes.
Unique programming offered at Seacrest Studios (BBOY45) in Children's Colorado
BBOY45 is live and on-air Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No matter the day, the programming at Seacrest Studios in Children's Colorado aims to involve those in the studio as well as kids tuning in from their hospital rooms. In fact, some of our favorite programs are those run by our patients:
In addition to our regular programming on BBOY45, we host a variety of fun and interactive events throughout the week.
10 a.m.: BBOY45 Morning Show – Every weekday kicks off with an hour of fun. This family-friendly, talk show-style program includes everything from spur-of-the-moment games to wacky discussion topics and stories. Kids are encouraged to come down or call in to be part of the show.
11 a.m.: Spaceman – This letter guessing word game, similar to Wheel of Fortune, is fun for the whole family.
Noon: Zentangle – This art form can also be a relaxing distraction from the hospital (especially for patients and family members 8 years and older).
1 p.m.: The Latest News to Keep You in the Groove with Maya – In this patient-led show, Maya reviews current TV shows, movies and musicians.
2 p.m.: Trivia Round-Up – Join us for an hour of random trivia by calling the hotline from your room, or come on down to the studio to answer trivia questions for prizes. Recommended for children 5 years and older.
10 a.m.: BBOY45 Morning Show
11 a.m.: Live Music – Tune in for live performances from local musicians.
1 p.m.: Craft Hour – Get artsy with Seacrest Studios during crafts hour. We’ll teach you how to make things like paracord bracelets, duct tape wallets, tie-dye shirts, circular paper airplanes and more.
10 a.m.: BBOY45 Morning Show
11:30 a.m.: Yoga – Stretch, strengthen and relax your mind and body during this 30-minute yoga class.
1 p.m.: Bingo – Stop by or call-in to play the BBOY45 version of Bingo, where there are lots of winners, smiles and prizes. Mini games and “mistakes” can be caught for a chance at extra winnings.
10 a.m.: BBOY45 Morning Show
10:15 a.m.: Judson’s Club – Find out what book Judson will be reading this week, and answer questions for prizes. Judson’s Club always wraps up with a joke-a-minute game time.
11 a.m.: Music with Tony – Join our creative arts therapist in studio, or tune in to play instruments and sing along with Tony.
#StudioSchool – School teachers from our hospital provide a fun lesson and activity. Patients can follow along from their room or in the studio.
12 p.m.: Monica’s Show – This patient-led show focuses on new and upcoming music and artists and features random fun facts.
1:15 p.m.: Fun with Child Life – Child life specialists brings weekly games, activities, or crafts to the Seacrest Studio.
10 a.m.: BBOY45 Morning Show
11 a.m.: Jeopardy – Test your knowledge on everything from current events to history.
1 p.m.: Gaming – Join us for an hour of video games or virtual reality.
2 p.m.: Trivia Round-Up – Join us for an hour of random trivia by calling the hotline from your room, or come on down to the studio to answer trivia questions for prizes. Recommended for children 5 years old and up.
*Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights ‘Secret Phrase’: We will broadcast a pre-recorded secret word or phrase at 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. Patients and siblings can listen for the secret phrase and call in when we open Seacrest Studios the following morning (720-777-4500) with the secret phrase to win a prize. HINT: We often give away the secret phrase numerous times the hour before the studio opens as well, so listen closely.
Interns play a key role in the daily operations and programming in our Seacrest Studios at Children's Colorado. We’re currently seeking students enrolled in local universities who are pursuing careers in broadcasting, journalism and technical communication by offering internship opportunities with the Studio.
This unique, hands-on internship program allows students to gain in-depth experience in broadcasting, programming and operation of a multimedia studio in a fun and supportive environment.
Seacrest Studios internship expectations and objectives
Student interns with Seacrest Studios will be provided the unique opportunity to develop and perform on-air broadcasts, both individually and in teams. Interns will work to create entertaining, engaging and educational content for the patients and their families.
Student interns will be expected to learn and contribute to daily studio operations including:
Student interns are allowed and encouraged to use content and programming they generated in a demo reel of their work to aid in resume-building.
How to apply for an internship with Seacrest Studios at Children’s Colorado
Interested students are required to submit an application (.docx). Children’s Colorado will be responsible for selecting interns based on application submission and a formal interview.
All selected interns must comply with all pre-internship requirements:
Internship length and hours
Seacrest Studios at Children's Hospital Colorado Internship is for credit and will vary in length (depending on the requirements of the educational institution). Student interns will generally be required to complete 10-15 hours weekly throughout the internship period in the studio. They may be scheduled during broadcast and non-broadcast hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional “special event” hours possible on weekends for celebrity visits, concerts, etc.
Seacrest Studios is located in the middle of the atrium behind the glass elevators on the first floor. You can hear the broadcast live each weekday from 10a.m. – 3p.m., with additional special events held on evenings and weekends.
For more information about Seacrest Studios, call 720-777-3275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To get directly on air during broadcast hours, you can call 720-777-4500.