December 9, 2013

Custom built Seacrest Studios contributes to healing process of patients, families during stay at center

Harris Broadcast, a market share leader of content management and network infrastructure solutions serving the global broadcast, communication service provider, government and enterprise markets, today announced that it will continue to work with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives, and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to bring live broadcast entertainment to patients and visitors at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as well in other cities across the U.S. The broadcast media center in Cincinnati, named Seacrest Studios, went live November 18 and is dedicated to the healing process of children and their families through the exploration of creative realms in radio, television and new media.

“It was our goal to help build a unique broadcast media center that was memorable while providing an easy learning curve for patients, hospital staff and local radio stations coming on site to produce special broadcasts,” said Charlie Vogt, CEO, Harris Broadcast. “This was an incredible opportunity to give back to the community and help the Ryan Seacrest Foundation achieve its goal of encouraging optimism for patients during and after treatment.”

Ryan Seacrest Foundation engineer Brian Clark collaborated with Harris Broadcast and other vendors on overall systems design and integration, ultimately producing a complete professional studio environment that supports live radio and TV broadcasts aired in patient rooms throughout the hospital via a closed-circuit network. As part of the project, Harris Broadcast supplied a complete digital studio systems solution including an on-air console, turnkey wiring and production accessories, while working with Mr. Clark and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital engineer Michael Rose to create an inviting and lively studio environment with a custom-built, one-host, five-guest studio desk. Patients also contribute to the on-air and production process with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment program experts donating time to train patients and hospital staff.

“As a radio broadcaster we can give back in ways other businesses can’t and Clear Channel supports the amazing work of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in a variety of ways throughout the year including providing national engineering and programming support,” said Jeff Littlejohn, executive vice president, engineering and systems integration, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.  “Our teams are eager to work on site – teaching the children and staff how to operate equipment, create content, program the station and otherwise entertain fellow patients.”

Seacrest Studios provides a variety of programming to all patients whether physically in the studio, or listening and watching through a closed-circuit TV network. This includes live radio shows, celebrity appearances, live musical performances, games, storytelling, educational segments, sports and community interaction. Patients are able to contribute to the on-air and production process, comfortably operating the Harris Broadcast Flexiva NetWave™ on-air console and World Feed Panel to support live in-studio performances from musical artists and entertainers.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center marks the sixth pediatric hospital location for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.


About Harris Broadcast

For more than five decades, Harris Broadcast has been an innovator of market-leading media, playout, networking and transmission technology serving the world’s most prestigious broadcast, communications service providers, governments and enterprises across 140 countries. From creating to Delivering the Moment, Harris Broadcast’s business management software and end-to-end audio and video solutions are enhancing the user experience, improving workflow efficiencies and generating revenue for its customers. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter @HarrisBroadcast.

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