Skylight TV

Skylight TV is the hospital’s own closed circuit, interactive television station. In addition to many other special presentations, we broadcast four live shows weekly to patient’s rooms on channel one. Our state-of-the-art production center and studio is located in the heart of the hospital, inside the Family Life Center on the 12th floor.

Our programming is a unique blend of theatre and television, built on the belief that creating an engaging, live studio experience can lead to the most enjoyable experience for patients and families tuning in from their rooms. Patients often venture out of their rooms to join the fun in the studio.

Skylight TV is part of our comprehensive healing process — our productions help reduce patient isolation and provide a healthy diversion from the stresses of hospitalization. Ambulatory patients often join us as our live studio audience, playing our game shows, enjoying stories, music and special guests and seeing themselves on TV. Room-bound patients and families phone in to Skylight’s live shows via phone lines, and volunteers  deliver prizes throughout the hospital.

Skylight’s Shows

We recognize that hospitalized children and their families often need relief from the challenging and stressful world of hospitalization. Because the hospital is frequently a family’s “home away from home,” we also acknowledge a strong need to cultivate a sense of community within the hospital environment. Our shows are designed to be both entertaining and enlightening. They invite patients and family members to participate and strive to achieve the highest broadcast quality standards.

Body Parts, Mondays at 3:00 p.m.

Body Parts, hosted by comedian and actress Tracy Ellert, is a fun, interactive game show designed to make children laugh while they learn about their anatomy. Hospital physicians, nurses and professional staff frequently appear on the show as special guests and discuss topics from nutrition to how the brain works. When children fill their game-cards, they phone “Extra Technician Tracey,” recite their game-winning card and choose a prize.

Hospital and Safety Bingo, Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Hospital Bingo, originally created by Johns-Hopkins Medical Center, helps educate patients about objects in the hospital with the help of silly knock-knock jokes and playful hospital humor. As with Body Parts, Bingo winners get to chat with the host and receive donated prizes delivered by volunteers.

Safety Bingo is exactly like Hospital Bingo, except the audience learns about childhood safety issues, ranging from fire safety to car seat safety. Safety Bingo was created by Skylight TV in partnership with Safe Kids Chicago.

Story Time with Dot, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Story Time with Dot features the storytelling and comic talents of Dot Kane. Following each story, children are invited to call Dot on-the-air. If they correctly answer Dot’s questions about her stories, they win a prize. The mid-morning show regularly engages patients, siblings , moms, dads and caregivers, and always offers good-spirited, live conversations with Dot.

Morning Jam with Jim, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Morning Jam with Jim is our weekly musical sing-along show featuring the musical talents of hospital Chaplain Jim Manzardo. Children, who join Jim live in the studio, are treated to percussion instruments by child life staff members and volunteers. Children watching from their beds are invited to call Jim live, on-the-air, to sing songs, make special song requests and announce birthdays.

Special Presentations

Skylight also produces shows featuring the talents and resources of Lurie Children’s Community Partners and other arts organizations

Bubble Bay, (What’s in your Aquarium?)

This educational trivia game show was developed in partnership with Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, and invites participants to fill the aquarium on their own personal game sheet. Full aquariums are awarded a prize from the Shedd Aquarium.

Story Town

Presented by Chicago’s improvisational theatre company, I.O., Storytown actors build and perform imaginative, original stories using children’s creative suggestions and art drawn on-set, which often finds itself being broadcast on Skylight TV’s green screen.

Wiggleworm’s

Broadcast from the Wood-Prince Family Developmental Playroom, this monthly infant/toddler concert features musicians from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and plays on Skylight TV for infants, toddlers and their caregivers who cannot come to the Family Life Center.

Civitas Ensemble

Featuring musicians from Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civitas Ensemble delights patients and families with beautiful classical music, from inside the Family Life Center, and also from the Crown Sky Garden.

The Wonderful World of Shedd

Every three months, animal experts from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium visit Skylight TV and bring with them creatures from the animal world, so patients and families can see them up close. Recent animal guests include Moon Jelly Fish, a turtle, a tortoise, a stingray, seahorses and a lizard.

On-Air Talent

Tracey Ellert, Host, Body Parts, is a professional actress whose work has been seen on Noggin’s “Jack’s Big Music Show” and throughout Chicago. As “Extra Technician Tracey” on Body Parts, Tracey combines her “second city” style of humor with her love for children.

Rene Roy, Host, Hospital and Safety Bingo, has been acting and directing for young audiences for more than 20 years. His wacky, on-camera humor distinguishes him as “The Bingo Guy.” Rene has been a parent at Lurie Children’s and is the father of four children.

Dot Kane, Host, Story Time with Dot, is a professional storyteller and performer, whose sincere and unique rapport with children endears her to audiences throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Dot has been a parent at Lurie Children’s and is the mother of two children.

Jim Manzardo, Host, Morning Jam with Jim, is a Lurie Children’s chaplain and also a children’s performer. Jim’s warm and inviting musical sing-a-longs represent an extension of his ministry within the hospital.

Special Guests

Special guests on our shows have included:

  • Yo Yo Ma            
  • Amy Grant and Vince Gill
  • The Cast of Wicked      
  • The Cast of The Lion King
  • Mickey Mouse           
  • Barney               
  • Ronald McDonald      
  •  The Harlem Globetrotters   
  • The Chicago Bulls     
  • The Chicago Bears
  • The Chicago Cubs       
  • The Chicago White Sox
  • The Chicago Blackhawks    
  • The DePaul Blue Demons
  • The Northwestern Wildcats   
  • Bear in the Big Blue House
  • Kyle Petty           
  • Kerry Wood
  • William Wegman        
  • Jim Fowler   
  • Joel Frankle           
  • Fred Koch
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Skylight TV is the hospital’s own closed circuit, interactive television station. In addition to many other special presentations, we broadcast four live shows weekly to patient’s rooms on channel one. Our state-of-the-art production center and studio is located in the heart of the hospital, inside the Family Life Center  on the 12th floor.

Our programming is a unique blend of theatre and television, built on the belief that creating an engaging, live studio experience can lead to the most enjoyable experience for patients and families tuning in from their rooms. Patients often venture out of their rooms to join the fun in the studio

Skylight TV is part of our comprehensive healing process — our productions help reduce patient isolation and provide a healthy distraction from the stresses of hospitalization. Ambulatory patients often join us as our live studio audience, playing our game shows, enjoying stories, music and special guests and seeing themselves on TV. Room-bound patients and families phone in to Skylight’s live shows via phone lines, and volunteers  deliver prizes throughout the hospital.

Skylight’s Shows
We recognize that hospitalized children and their families often need relief from the challenging and stressful world of hospitalization. Because the hospital is frequently a family’s “home away from home,” we also acknowledge a strong need to cultivate a sense of community within the hospital environment. Our shows are designed to be both entertaining and enlightening. They invite patients and family members to participate while striving to achieve the highest broadcast quality standards.
Body Parts, Mondays at 3:00 p.m.
Body Parts, hosted by comedian Tracy Eller, is a fun, interactive game show designed to make children laugh while they learn about their anatomy. Hospital physicians, nurses and professional staff frequently appear on the show as special guests and discuss topics from nutrition to how the brain works. When children fill their game-cards, they phone “Extra Technician Tracey,” recite their game-winning card and choose a prize.
Hospital and Safety Bingo, Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Hospital Bingo, originally created by Johns-Hopkins Medical Center, helps educate patients about objects in the hospital with the help of silly knock-knock jokes and goofy hospital humor. As with Body Parts, Bingo winners get to chat with the host and receive prizes delivered by volunteers.

Safety Bingo is exactly like Hospital Bingo, except the audience learns about childhood safety issues, ranging from fire safety to car seat safety. Safety Bingo was created by Skylight TV in partnership with Safe Kids Chicago.

Story Time with Dot, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Story Time with Dot features the storytelling and comic talents of Dot Kane. Following each story, children are invited to call Dot on-the-air. If they correctly answer Dot’s questions about her stories, they win a prize. The mid-morning show regularly engages patients, sibling , moms, dads and caregivers, and always offers good-spirited, live conversations with Dot.

Morning Jam with Jim, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Morning Jam with Jim is our weekly musical sing-along show featuring the musical talents of hospital Chaplain Jim Manzardo. Children, who join Jim live in the studio, are treated to percussion instruments by child life staff members and volunteers . Children watching from their beds are invited to call Jim live, on-the-air, to make special song requests and announce birthdays.
Special Presentations
Skylight also produces shows featuring the talents and resources of Lurie Children’s Community Partners and other arts organizations

Bubble Bay, (What’s in your Aquarium?)
This trivia game show was developed in partnership with Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, and invites participants to fill the aquarium on their own personal game sheet. Full aquariums are awarded a prize from the Shedd Aquarium.

Story Town
Presented by Chicago’s improvisational theatre company, I.O., Storytown actors build and perform imaginative, original stories using children’s creative suggestions and art drawn on-set, which often finds itself being broadcast of Skylight TV’s green screen.

Wiggleworm’s
Broadcast from the Wood-Prince family Developmental Playroom, this monthly infant/toddler concert features musicians from Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and plays on Skylight TV for infants and toddlers who cannot come to the Family Life Center.

Civitas Ensemble
Featuring musicians from Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civitas Ensemble delights patients and families with beautiful classical music, from inside the Family Life Center, and also from the Crown Sky Garden

The Wonderful World of Shedd
Every three months, animal experts from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium visit Skylight TV and bring with them creatures from the animal world, so patients and families can see them up close. Recent animal guests include Moon Jelly Fish, a turtle, a tortoise, a stingray, seahorses and a lizard.

On-Air Talent
Tracey Ellert, Host, Body Parts, is a professional actress whose work has been seen on Noggin’s “Jack’s Big Music Show” and throughout Chicago. As “Extra Technician Tracey” on Body Parts, Tracey combines her “second city” style of humor with her love for children.

Rene Roy, Host, Hospital and Safety Bingo, has been acting and directing for young audiences for more than 20 years. His wacky, on-camera humor distinguishes him as “The Bingo Guy.” Rene has been a parent at Lurie Children’s and is the father of four children.

Dot Kane, Host, Story Time with Dot, is a professional storyteller and performer, whose sincere and unique rapport with children endears her to audiences throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Dot has been a parent at Lurie Children’s and is the mother of two children.

Jim Manzardo, Host, Morning Jam with Jim, is a Lurie Children’s chaplain and also a children’s performer. Jim’s warm and inviting musical sing-a-longs represent an extension of his ministry within the hospital.
Special Guests
Special guests on our shows have included:

Yo Yo Ma            Amy Grant
The Cast of Wicked        The Cast of The Lion King
Micky Mouse            Barney               
Ronald McDonald        The Harlem Globetrotters   
The Chicago Bulls        The Chicago Bears
The Chicago Cubs        The Chicago Whitesox
The Chicago Blackhawks    The DePaul Blue Demons
The Northwestern Wildcats    Bear in the Big Blue House
Kyle Petty             Kerry Wood
William Wegman        Jim Fowler   
Joel Frankle            Fred Koch