KidJam! Studio in hospital's expressive therapy center welcomes its first patient

2014-06-03 14:29:13 by Laurie Schueler, Media Relations Specialist, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

Patient Allysa Hostetter, of East Palestine, Ohio, serves as the inaugural kidjammer. Patient Allysa Hostetter, of East Palestine, Ohio, serves as the inaugural kidjammer.

The Summit.FM celebrated the opening of the KIDJAM! Radio™ Broadcast Recording Studio in our Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy last Friday. The studio offers young patients a unique radio broadcast recording experience, as part of programming through Akron Children’s existing center.

The addition of the KIDJAM! Studio concept, unique to the region and among just a handful of pediatric hospital-based media studios in the country, complements the hospital’s expressive therapy center’s mission and programs.

"Our expressive therapy center was built to enable children facing illness and their families to experience what it means to be human through whatever creative art inspires them,” said Dr. Sarah Friebert, director of Akron Children’s Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center. “Collaborating with The Summit and KIDJAM! adds another terrific dimension of creativity, literally by giving voice to kids and giving them the chance to inspire others.”

The Summit broadcaster Garrett Hart talks with Akron Children's art therapist Molly Kohut about the KidJam studio. The Summit broadcaster Garrett Hart talks with Akron Children's art therapist Molly Kohut.

Patients will serve as KIDJAM! Radio™ broadcasters (or Kidjammers) through personal messages recorded in-studio and will learn about radio broadcasting and the technology used to transmit their recordings to The Summit for editing and airing.

The studio is wheelchair-accessible and patients who aren’t able to leave their hospital beds may participate from their rooms through a hand-held recording device.

Hospital CEO and President Bill Considine talks to Garrett Hart about what the studio will mean for our patients. Hospital CEO and President Bill Considine talks to Garrett Hart about what the studio will mean for our patients.

Summit-trained volunteers will help operate the KidJam! Studio™ and guide patients through the recording experience. Each patient will then receive a recorded keepsake of the final, Summit-produced segment with photos.

“The KidJam Studio program is designed to augment the healing and coping process for these kids, through its innovative focus on media education, self-reflection and fun,” said Tommy Bruno, general manager and executive director at The Summit. “We think the coolest part for patients and their families and friends will be hearing the broadcasts on air.”

Garrett Hart talks with an Akron Children's child life specialist. Garrett Hart talks with an Akron Children's child life specialist Krista Graham.

Patient broadcasts will be featured on a dedicated, weekly Akron Children’s Hospital program spot on the KidJam Radio channel.

Aimed at preteens, the Summit introduced KidJam Radio in 2011. Kids and their families can listen from anywhere in northeast Ohio – or the world – through the Internet or new smartphone app.

The program’s goal is to reach thousands of youth with the channel’s upbeat music and educational messaging broadcast by kids, for kids.

The Summit partners with local schools and youth service organizations where the channel plays as background entertainment. The station also plans to extend partnerships throughout its service areas in Stark and Mahoning counties.

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