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Seacrest Studios

A view of the Seacrest Studios

Seacrest Studios makes every patient at Children’s National feel like a star.

Established by the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in 2015, our state-of-the-art facility gives kids an interactive space to explore radio, television and social media, share their on-air talents and participate in entertaining programs that are broadcast directly to patient rooms.

Our studio is the ultimate playroom, providing fun games, arts and crafts and other creative outlets that contribute to the healing process for children and families dealing with illness. On any given day, you can find patients hosting their own shows on topics ranging from sports to science or singing and dancing to their favorite karaoke songs. Our 920 square-foot, glass-fronted studio located in the Costco Wholesale Atrium gives visitors an up-close glimpse into the fun activities happening inside. There’s also more than enough room to host birthday/graduation celebrations, concerts, costume parties and more.

What makes our studio truly unique is that patients who are unable to leave their rooms can virtually interact with guests and celebrities who visit the studio. By tuning into our station, WPAW-90 (channel 90), patients can participate by calling in to request a song, answer daily trivia questions and win prizes.

Since opening, we have produced 100 original programs while welcoming more than 15,000 visitors. Celebrity guests have included Ryan Seacrest, First Lady Michelle Obama, singers Meghan Trainor and Lana Del Ray, Major League Baseball player Bryce Harper and more.

Seacrest Studios can also be found at several children's hospitals across the country, including Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Orange County (California) and Nashville.

Training the Next Generation of Broadcasters: Seacrest Studios Internship

Seacrest Studios offers college students majoring in journalism and media hands-on experience in broadcasting and programming. Right here at our in-house multimedia center in Washington, D.C., interns use industry-standard equipment to create engaging programs for patients and their families while learning the ins and outs of radio and television production.

We are one of few children’s hospitals in the nation to offer this resource. Our internships are offered during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Our students come from the following colleges and universities:

  • American University
  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Morgan State University
  • The Art Institute of Washington
  • The George Washington University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Mary Washington

To apply to be a Seacrest Studios intern, send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Seacrest Studios Grand Opening

Read about the Seacrest Studios grand opening at Children's National and view photos from the event.

Ryan Seacrest and a little boy smiling for a photo

Watch Ryan Seacrest's Visit at Children's National

In November 2015, we opened Seacrest Studios at Children's National. Watch the Grand Opening magic unfold in this short video!

Ryan Seacrest and a little boy smiling for a photo