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 give kids an interactive space to explore radio, television, and new 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 of children and families dealing with illness. On any given day, you can find patients hosting their own shows, from sports to science, or singing and dancing to their favorite karaoke songs. Within 920 square-feet, our glass-front studio (located in the hospital’s 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 40 original programs while welcoming more than 6,052 visitors. Celebrity guests have included Ryan Seacrest, Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, fashion photographer Nigel Barker, singers Daya, Robin Thicke, Lucy Hale, actress Lucy Hale, and more.

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

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 the few children’s hospitals in the nation to offer this resource, and the first Seacrest Studio with the most up-to-date digital equipment.

Internships are offered during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Here are the colleges and universities our students are from:
  • Howard University
  • University of Maryland
  • The Art Institute of Washington
  • University of Georgia
  • Georgetown University
  • The George Washington University

To apply to be a Seacrest Studios intern, send a resume and cover letter to wpaw@childrensnational.org.

Seacrest Studios Grand Opening

Seacrest Studio

View photos from the Seacrest Studios grand opening at Children's National.

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Watch Ryan Seacrest at Children's National

Ryan Seacrest with patient

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

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