TODAY   |  March 23, 2013

Seacrest’s hospital studio gives sick kids hope

Ryan Seacrest has opened his fourth “Seacrest Studios” through his charitable foundation. The studios are top-notch facilities where children staying in hospitals can learn the ropes of media production. TODAY’s Erica Hill reports.

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>>> 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