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WKID33 Officially Broadcasting from Seacrest Studios

WKID33 Officially Broadcasting from Seacrest Studios
November 18, 2013

We’re absolutely thrilled to share the news that Seacrest Studios, the home of WKID Channel 33, is officially open and broadcasting at Cincinnati Children’s!

Ryan Seacrest and his family, along with Jason Derulo and Drew Lachey, were here this morning to help us launch the studio in style. And the coolest part of the event is that the technology in the new studio allowed patients throughout the hospital to tune in to channel 33 and see part of the opening festivities live.

With the generosity of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) and several other philanthropic donors, Cincinnati Children’s is now proudly home to a 1,000 square foot multimedia broadcast studio located in our main concourse, just across from the cafeteria.

The studio is completely glass, a feature that was designed purposely to engage as many patients and families as possible. Our hope is that kids will want to know what’s going on inside and will inquire and become involved with the programming and events taking place in the studio.

The Seacrest Family developed the idea for Seacrest Studios through their foundation to help patients explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Our patients will be an essential part of the daily programming, giving them a chance to express their creativity through media.

In a news release a couple of weeks ago, Michael Fisher, our president and CEO, said this about the studio: “Providing our patients and families with the best possible hospital experience is an important part of our mission. And the addition of the Seacrest Studio is another step forward in these efforts. We are so grateful to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation for making this broadcast media center a reality and for giving our patients an opportunity to just be kids while they are here – it’s so important for positive outcomes.”

It was an amazing morning for our medical center and for our patients. This studio will bring joy for years to come and we can’t wait to see what these kids accomplish with the creative resources they now have available to them.

The day’s events also resulted in extensive media coverage. You can watch the story on WKRC, WLWT, WCPO and WXIX, and read about it in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

And now, a video of the ribbon cutting and several photos for your enjoyment:

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