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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 studio, broadcasting on BBOY45 (channel 45) to the closed-circuit TV system for the patients, families, and visitors of the hospital.
Within the glass, wood and whiteboard walls of the Seacrest Studios at Children's Colorado, we provide a first-hand 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, 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 Phillip Phillips, Hello Kitty, Denver Broncos players, 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 and calling in to play bingo every Wednesday, “Jeopardy” every Friday, or requesting a song or giving 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 Olivia (or “Princess Olivia” as we prefer to call her), have even auditioned for a future career. Described by studio manager Chris Coleman as a “firecracker,” Princess Olivia visits once a week and instantly sparks fits of laughter from guests and patients alike.
Olivia’s mom, Kelly, said, “This studio is in one word – healing. You forget about the sickness, about the pain, the pokes and prods, and meds…you remember ‘I’m Olivia’ or ‘I’m mom.’ I will forever be grateful for you guys.”