TODAY | March 23, 2013
>>> a chance to shine. first, this is "today" on nbc.
>>> ryan seacrest charitable foundation opened its new facilities. there are a number of hospitals around the country allowing the kids to forget even for just a moment the illness that brought them there.
>> please welcome your host, ryan seacrest .
>> you see him on "idol."
>> five minutes after 7:00.
>> and hear him on air. on friday morning though, ryan seacrest was at the children hospitals of orange county opening a state of the art media student for young patients.
>> what's your favorite album or favorite song?
>> reporter: patients like raul who have been here for almost a month appreciate the chance to hit the airwaves.
>> it's actually really cool to have a studio inside a hospital. it makes me feel good because someone cares about us, the patients.
>> reporter: becoming a producer has been a life-long dream for the 20 year old who is now spinning tunes instead of concentrating on his illness.
>> i can learn something that i would have learned in school. i can learn it here in the hospital.
>> reporter: seacrest believes a few minutes in the studio can make a world of difference for these kids.
>> you love baseball. what do you love about baseball?
>> it's a competitive sport but it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it matters if you have fun. that's the best part.
>> it gives them a chance to come and escape maybe what they're going through for a little while and it also provides them the opportunity to learn.
>> reporter: volunteers teach them the ins and outs of broadcasting with sound boards , mixers and microphones and those too sick to come into the studio can call in bedside requests.
>> close that you can come down here and be on the show.
>> reporter: the first seacrest studios opened in ryan's hometown of atlanta, followed by philadelphia and then dallas.
>> you see the hope. you see, you know, the amazing spirit that they all have.
>> reporter: friday's ribbon county in orange county --
>> miley is joining us.
>> you can see joy and energy coming back.
>> reporter: in the eyes of 9-year-old adrian who says that while he's hanging out in the seacrest studios, he doesn't feel like a patient.
>> it makes me feel awesome