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Star Studio celebrates 15 years

Lights, camera, action! January 2023 marks 15 years for Star Studio, Children’s Minnesota’s in-house TV studio. 

Kids should get to be kids, no matter what they’re going through. For 15 years, that’s been the driving force behind Star Studio, Children’s Minnesota’s donor-funded in-house TV station at our Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals. Star Studio provides an oasis of lighthearted, upbeat entertainment for our patients and families, and allows kids to be kids while they’re in the hospital.   

Fifteen years ago, on Jan. 3, 2008, Star Studio’s lights turned and cameras rolled for their first-ever aired live show, The Can Can Café, for our patients and families at Children’s Minnesota.   

The Dude on Star Studio's first show in January 2008

Since then, Star Studio has grown to provide 24/7 programming for kids and also produces multiple live, interactive TV shows like The Clubhouse and Bingo, featuring Star Studio producer and memorable on-air personality, The Dude.

the dude

Every time the camera rolls at Star Studio, they successfully manage to put smiles on kids’ faces – whether they’re in the hospital for a few days, a few months, or multiple times throughout their childhood. 

Star Studio unveils new, modern logo  

To kick off their 15th anniversary, Star Studio also revealed a new, modern logo to represent the playful and lighthearted spirit of Star Studio and connection to the Children’s Minnesota brand.  

star studio's new logo

Star Studio fast facts  

Over the last 15 years, Star Studio has made a big impact for our patients and families at Children’s Minnesota.  

  • Over 34, 000 phone calls from patient families at our Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, and from home.  
  • Over 20,000 audience members in-studio at our Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. 
  • In 2022 alone, they had over 300 community members and special guests help co-host Star Studio’s live shows like The Clubhouse and Bingo.  
  • Over 7,400 online viewers since Star Studio began streaming shows online 5 years ago.  

Please join us in congratulating Star Studio on an incredible 15 years! 

Alexandra Rothstein