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 provides a fun-filled experience on the Anschutz Medical Campus 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.
We also broadcast on BBOY45 (channel 45) to the closed-circuit TV system for the patients, families and visitors on the Anschutz Medical Campus, South Campus in Highlands Ranch, North Campus in Broomfield, and our new hospital in Colorado Springs.
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 at our location in Aurora 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."
Seacrest Studios is all about our patients
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.
During Judson's Show he would read a book, ask comprehension questions, and play games. His mom, Carol, says, "I loved to watch Judson as he demonstrated how someone with a single head switch and a computer can make people laugh, learn and accept people with disabilities."