The Children’s Medical Center’s Red Balloon Network celebrated its 1st birthday on November 14 with a day filled with special programming, highlight videos, big prize giveaways and of course, birthday cake.
One year ago, Ryan Seacrest and Selena Gomez visited Children’s to inaugurate the third in a growing number of Seacrest Studios across the nation designed to entertain kids in the hospital. Since then, the Red Balloon Network has broadcast countless hours of programming and hosted numerous talented guests inside the state-of-the-art studio.
Operating on weekdays from 9-5, the network has aired a wide variety of programs to help keep patients engaged and entertained. Daily interactive games give kids the opportunity to tune in and win prizes. Games such as Wheel of Fortune, Bingo, Pictionary, and Name That Tune can be played in the studio or by calling from a hospital room phone. Other recurring programs include the Good Morning Children’s morning show, Breakfast with the 2Berries puppet show, and a Spanish radio show called Vamos a Jugar.
Hospital Patients Join in on Almost 100 Interviews
In its first year, the Seacrest Studio has hosted almost 100 special guests, and the network has broadcast all of these interviews and performances. Musicians such as Phillip Phillips, The Band Perry, Hanson and Mercy Me have given their time to perform, sign autographs and take photos with patients and families. Dirk Nowitzki, Miles Austin, and football legend, Jim Brown are just a few athletes who have also stopped by the studio. Numerous costumed characters, local musicians, choirs, dance groups and philanthropists continue to visit the studio and provide an uplifting experience for the audience.
One cornerstone of the studio’s daily operation has been its internship program. Over the course of three semesters, 35 interns from six colleges have worked for the Red Balloon Network, serving almost 4000 hours. With the responsibility of producing and hosting their own segments, these students have the opportunity to develop both their technical skills as well as their on-screen presence. Some of the awesome programs created by Red Balloon Network interns include dance lessons, science experiments, travel shows, sports talk, pop culture news, arts & crafts, and many more.
With so many great memories from the first year and with fantastic feedback from patients and families, the Red Balloon Network team is excited to move into its second year. It’s fun to think about who and what the next year will bring to us.