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Ryan Seacrest ribbon cuts new media center at Children’s Healthcare at Egleston in Emory

Ryan Seacrest at Children's Hospital at Egleston to open his media center for kids. That's Ryan's mom Connie in the background. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Ryan Seacrest at Children's Hospital at Egleston to open his media center for kids. That's Ryan's mom Connie in the background. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Ryan Seacrest flew into Atlanta to christen his first major financial endeavor for his new Ryan Seacrest Foundation: a media center at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston hospital near Emory University.

His first boss at Star 94, Mark Kanov, told me after the event that he had a similar idea two years ago after he retired from Star but held off due to the economy. When he heard Ryan had a similar concept in mind, they joined forces. Ryan funded the operation, well into the six figures, while Kanov helped put the entire operation together. Ryan hopes to place similar operations in children’s hospitals in other cities.

Testing out the new studio.

Testing out the new studio.

Kanov hired Wendy Threatt, a long-time former Star 94 employee who did traffic and promotions, to oversee the radio and TV studio. At first, it will operate Tuesdays through Thursdays. She will do some DJ work,  along with students from University of Georgia, Georgia State and Ryan’s alma mater Dunwoody High School. Patients at this hospital and two other affiliated children’s hospitals will be able to call in and make song requests or talk to the DJs. Some will be able to go down to the studio and be interviewed on TV.

“Our goal is to bring smiles to these children,” Kanov said.

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Ryan himself did a test show to launch the operation today. In studio, he interviewed “Doc” Shaw, an Atlanta-based actor who plays Boomer on Disney’s “Pair of Kings.” He also got former Atlantan Kyle Massey, another Disney actor, to call in from Los Angeles, where Massey is doing “Dancing With the Stars.”

Julianne Hough, his girlfriend, was there, as well as his proud parents, Gary and Connie. You can see all three of them in the photo below:

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I spoke with Ryan briefly today while he was doing the media line but will have more time with him tomorrow when he visits the Ronald McDonald House.

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Disney actor Doc Shaw came to the hospital to support Ryan's endeavor.

Disney actor Doc Shaw came to the hospital to support Ryan's endeavor.

41 comments Add your comment

Rickster

November 5th, 2010
4:45 pm

Good for Ryan. Not sure why a hospital needs a media center, but I guess if it helps highlight the work children’s hospitals do… all the better.

Rickster

November 5th, 2010
4:47 pm

ahhhhh my ears. Was listening to my “American Idol Alums” channel on Pandora Radio, and it played the version of “No Boundaries” by “The guy who came in second to Kris Allen. (You know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”

Talk about a double whammy!

Rickster

November 5th, 2010
5:00 pm

Have a great weekend everyone. See you Monday!

wreckedpizza

November 5th, 2010
5:00 pm

One correction, Rodney—–you can ALMOST see Julianne in that pic. Whytheheck isn’t she out front where she should be? Sheesh, Ryan hogging all the photo ops…what up with that?

Seriously, though, good for Ryan. Good to see celebrities with hearts and stuff.

JTesla

November 5th, 2010
5:17 pm

Looking forward the interview, once you get a chance to post it of course.

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Sarah Gard

November 6th, 2010
2:07 am

The new media center is beautiful and just another wonderful thing that we can show off here at Egleston! Thanks Ryan- we love it~!

Deirdre

November 6th, 2010
7:31 am

Morning!

Sad state of humanity! This thread was on the front page. Only one person came to comment about the good works that Ryan and his business partner have done.

If this had been a thread about Ryan and his girlfriend, the results would have been different…and pretty unpleasant.

Mercedes S.

November 6th, 2010
8:31 am

Good morning- not as if we haven’t noticed, D., it’s great what Ryan is doing at Egleston – but it’s hard to say something nastily witty about a good deed… and isn’t this why many people post comments? To come off as clever and mean?

Sad news, Jill Clayburgh died. A terrific actress and lovely human being I had the pleasure to interview several times . Classy, intelligent and pleasant. Not traits you associate with many young movie celebs today.

Mo Schriebman

November 6th, 2010
8:44 am

The boy did good work for others and well intentioned good work speaks quietly enough for itself.

Mo Schriebman

November 6th, 2010
8:48 am

And Jill Clayburgh I fell in love with the first time I saw her on the Rockford television program with that Jimmy Garner guy a few years ago in the 1970s I believe it was. Beautiful lady.

Deirdre

November 6th, 2010
8:56 am

An Unmarried Woman was a wonderful movie and Jill Clayburgh was an impressive actress. Today, the subject of the movie might seem trite and old-fashioned but back in the 70’s the idea that a woman could live her life happily without being married was pretty out there!

Rodney Ho

November 6th, 2010
9:21 am

Added some video courtesy of the AJC videographer Ryon Horne. I’ll be talking to Ryan more extensively in about 40 minutes at the Ronald McDonald House…

I-Ninjakicksbackcowell

November 6th, 2010
10:02 am

I bet the kids wish he bought a media room for video games, tv, movies, computers and such instead of a radio booth.

JTesla

November 6th, 2010
11:00 am

The Rockford Files, I loved that show.

Regarding the lack of insulting comments on this thread: my train was stopped the other day at a station in the tunnel, a woman had some medical problem and the driver and a stranger stayed with her until the medics arrived. When we finally left, 15 minutes later, the comments from passagners were: “Finally” and “It’s about time.” The lady was leaving the station on a gurney, and here we’re leaving on the train. So there is both kindness, the stranger who comforted this young lady until medics arrived, and callousness.

Mercedes S.

November 6th, 2010
11:38 am

Are people so darn selfish or just not able to think outside their own little world?

Last Easter in Atlanta, a young woman home from college took her parents car to the store for some ice-cream. Already a reckless driver, with many speeding tickets and other traffic issues in her past, the woman managed to hit a car in the next lane, pushing it into a head-on collision with yet another one, causing the death of five people, including three small children.

The young woman, who is not injured, leaves the accident, drives home, tells mom what happened, and the mother takes the car to a repairshop, where it is fixed and repainted.

Police eventually located hit and run driver, and her mom. Both were sentenced this past week. 8 years for mom, for trying to hide the crime, and 50 years in jail (she has to serve 36) for the woman driver. Had she stayed and tried to give help, she probably would have gotten less than 5 years,
What was she (and the mother) thinking?

Mercedes S.

November 6th, 2010
11:51 am

And while I’m in this mood – had high hopes for “Due Date”, which was directed by Todd Phillips, of “The Hangover” fame, and stars Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. Downey Jr is an exceptional, talemted actor, even in bad projects, and Galifianakis was hysterically funny in “The Hangover”, where he has a small, but unforgettable part.

But “Due Date” is marred by a hideously written “men-boys behaving badly” script, and the kind of jokes that only appeal to extreme lovers of d— flicks. Worst of all, when Zach’s character – and his dog – pleasure themselves, it made me think of Fantasia’s “Doing Me” video.

Rosita

November 6th, 2010
3:31 pm

Thanks, your Movieness! :)

Deirdre

November 7th, 2010
11:25 am

I’m having a little trouble trying to figure out why this is a good thing:

When asked about AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler’s decision to become a judge on the new season of “American Idol”, GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna said, “I think it’s brilliant. Beyond good. I think he’s gonna be the male Paula Abdul, ’cause he’s a little bit dingy, you know what I mean?! He’s probably all pilled up, and he’s gonna be funny. I mean, he’s witty, he’s really witty.”

Thanks to mj.

wreckedpizza

November 7th, 2010
12:58 pm

Rodney needs some hits on this blog…what can we do? I know—-FANTASIA.
That oughta do it.

Rosita

November 7th, 2010
3:28 pm

haw haw
Boy will I be glad when Tyler’s headshot is not in my range as I enter the blog. He’s SO ugly — looks like Cro Magnon Man (or is it Piltsdown?)
Not that there’s anything wrong with that! It’s just kinda like a reverse McConaughey or, for the boyz, Kardashian. . .

wreckedpizza

November 7th, 2010
9:51 pm

It did not work. Sorry, Mr. Ho.

And, Rosita, I thought we established earlier that Steven Tyler was a purty man. Right?????

Mercedes S.

November 8th, 2010
7:36 am

Goodmorning!
Hoping for new entry from Rodney.

Deirdre

November 8th, 2010
7:37 am

Morning!

Yay! Falcons. That was quite a game yesterday.

I think Rodney will have a new thread up shortly.

Mercedes S.

November 8th, 2010
7:53 am

Deirdre, if I mail you Joe Caramanica’s review “She Who Belts Out The Uncertainty”, (NYT) could you please post it? While Joe acknowledges the power of Carrie’s pipes, he doesn’t particularly like her.

Harriett

November 8th, 2010
7:53 am

And, good morning from SC. Falcons were wonderful. Gamec0cks, not so much. :(

Deirdre

November 8th, 2010
7:54 am

No problem…but “he doesn’t particularly like her”?????? Are you trying to give k&cf a heart attack? ;-)

Sam-A

November 8th, 2010
8:55 am

Way to go Ryan – makes me prouder of our uber-successful young man from Atlanta! Good work rarely goes unrewarded.

Saw “…..Hornet’s Nest” – wasn’t as good as the first two, but with Lizbeth stuck in a hospital for most of the story, I didn’t really expect as much. Still worth watching. The book was definitely better, so many side stories left out of the movie that added excitement to the book.

Woodpappy

November 8th, 2010
9:46 am

Morning guys…..

kelly&carriefan

November 8th, 2010
10:00 am

Hey y’all!

HA! D, no heart attack. I mean, opinions are like….noses. We all have one. ;)

I did read that review. I wouldn’t expect less from an NYT article. I get the impression from it that the writer carries a bias against either Idol or country. Maybe even both. Oh, well. Can’t please everyone.

And I’m not saying that Carrie has completely conquered the showmanship aspect of performing. We know she has the vocals, but to see her now…she has come a long way from where she used to be.

After all, not everyone can be as charming as “The Kelly/ies”

Rickster

November 8th, 2010
10:00 am

I hafta respectfully disagree with Rosita on Tyler’s ugliness. He goes back WAAAAAAAAAAAAY beoyond CroMagnon man.

His face reminds me more of “primordial ooze.” :-)

Rickster

November 8th, 2010
10:01 am

And I’m willing to be that’s the first recorded instance in this blog of the term “primoridal ooze.”

kelly&carriefan

November 8th, 2010
10:03 am

Oh, and I was at Turner Field this weekend taking part in the filming of a Ryan Reynolds/Jason Bateman movie. Why do I bring this up? ‘Cause Larry Platt aka Mr. Pants On The Ground was in the audience. He got a big applause and the emcee even got him to sing it!

Mercedes S.

November 8th, 2010
10:08 am

k&cfan, the author of the Carrie review is the NYT’s regular Idol-writer. I think he thought Carrie was just too perfect.

Deirdre

November 8th, 2010
10:08 am

Sounds like fun times, k&cf.

Here’s the article that Mercedes wanted me to post:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/arts/music/08carrie.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

Mercedes S.

November 8th, 2010
10:34 am

kelly&carriefan

November 8th, 2010
10:38 am

Mercedes, perhaps he was a Bo fan? ;)

Mercedes S.

November 8th, 2010
11:10 am

k&cfan, I think he’s just an Idol hater.

Harm

November 8th, 2010
11:26 am

That was a good game! Who would’ve thought the Falcons could beat the best team in the NFC!

Rodney Ho

November 8th, 2010
12:11 pm

More Seacrest from Saturday’s event. I also linked to that NYT review.

Rodney Ho

November 8th, 2010
12:12 pm

sorry. moved a bit slow this morn…