Seacrest Studios, an in-house multimedia broadcast center, opened in July 2013 at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Thanks to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, patients at Levine Children’s Hospital now have the ability to explore the creative realms of radio, television, and new media right from their hospital rooms. We are one of just a handful of children’s hospitals nationwide to have this resource available for our patients and families.
The 652-square-foot studio, located inside the hospital’s Overcash Atrium, includes five guest microphones, production-quality video cameras and radio equipment, and plans for a green screen that will allow patients to participate in video projects. The studio has a full-time program director and programming that includes game shows, celebrity interviews, and performances.
The studio programming is broadcast to patient rooms via closed-circuit televisions so that all patients can participate in the fun. Patients can tune in to channel 99 to enjoy the broadcasts and they even have the ability to request songs or ask questions of interviewees (just call 6-RYAN from your hospital phone).
Seacrest Studios also features a hands-on internship program with local college students who are studying journalism/communications. Interns work in teams to provide on-air content. They also interact with patients and families and learn about the world of radio and television broadcasting. To apply to be a Seacrest Studios intern, send a resume and cover letter to our program coordinator, Mamie Shepherd.
Since the opening of Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital, the North Carolina location has provided patients with countless hours of programming, musical guests, and interviews with celebrities like Selena Gomez, Michael Buble, Zendaya, Emblem3, Dustin Lynch, Capital Cities, Goo Goo Dolls and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
The studio is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which has been building broadcast media centers in pediatric hospitals across the country since 2010.
If you would like more information about Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital, contact Mamie Shepherd, program coordinator, at 704-381-1181. If you wish to perform at Seacrest Studios, or make a special appearance, please fill out the visit request form (PDF).
To donate to Seacrest Studios at Levine Children’s Hospital, visit Carolinas HealthCare Foundation and specify that you wish to donate to the studio in the comments section.