I'm a native Washingtonian - born in Alexandria and raised in Silver Spring. I hardly attended class at John F. Kennedy High School. Was too busy running the school radio station. (The same one I brought in from my bedroom. My parents got sick of all the loud music.) Anyway, 40+ years later, I'm on the air at my favorite hometown station, 97.1 WASH-FM. I'm blessed to be married to a wonderful New Jersey gurl and have two amazing teenagers that keep me busy and happily frustrated. Thanks for reading AND listening!
Unlike most people who live in the DC area...I'm actually FROM here. I was born in Northwest, DC and raised in Vienna, Virginia. I'm first generation Armenian-American. Shortly after graduating from Mary Washington College (now it's University of Mary Washington), I was lucky enough to land a radio gig back in DC. I've worked on the air in this market since 1996, as a news reporter/anchor, morning show side-kick, afternoon personality and traffic reporter.
A little more about my personal interests... I'm a book worm (I've been known to read at least one novel a week). My favorite book is "To Kill a Mockingbird". I'm addicted to "Grey's Anatomy", "Boardwalk Empire", "Game of Thrones", "The Following", "The Americans" and "Breaking Bad"...don't even think about calling me during those shows! My favorite movie of all-time is "Rocky." One of the highlights of my career was interviewing Sylvester Stallone.
After several heartbreaks, I finally met a guy who actually MEANT it when he said "I want to marry you someday." My husband (Don) and I met in December 2007... and got married on May 22nd, 2011. Like me... Don is also a native Washingtonian.
Also: I don't like walking on grates, I'm SUPER competitive, I have a tendency to "sing speak" when I get excited (you may even hear me do it on the air sometimes...LOL). I've become a HUGE Washington Capitals fan since meeting my husband. Oh...and I'm a pop culture junkie. My guilty pleasures are bad reality TV and celebrity gossip.
(photo credit: April Wright)
April Wright, who teaches 2nd grade at Glen Haven Elementary School in Silver Spring! She wins a $100 dollar gift card to the Goodstone Inn & Resort in Middleburg. Thanks to her mother, Donna Wright of Silver Spring, who nominated her and wins Sprinkles Cupcakes from their Georgetown location. Here's what Donna and her husband wrote about April:
"Watching this young teacher (our daughter) going on her 4th year of teaching – working over 10-12 hours every day while attending class in the evening for her masters makes us really proud. Seeing our daughter giving back to the school district she grew up, really connecting and caring for her students - always willing to go above and beyond wanting the very best for each and every student. Purchasing many items herself, extra books and whatever supplies that will enhance her class and continues to make learning challenging and fun. She said she continues to grow and learn from her team and the staff at her school every day. She truly enjoys teaching 2nd grade and finds her students really exceptional. Watching her face light-up when talking about her class is a wonderful feeling. Teachers today really need to love “teaching” as the dedication, commitment and time demands on these achievers is unbelievable high and tough; their paychecks not matching the task before them. Seeing our daughter’s growth and dedication has made us very proud of her. - With love, her parents."
You too can nominate a teacher. Just CLICK HERE! We'll announce our next WASH-FM TEACHER OF THE WEEK on Monday, December 9th around 6:30AM! - Loo
"CONGRATULATIONS, Chilli - Your precious baby is absolutely beautiful! May your family have the best!!!" - Louise McNairn
"Your little one is so adorable – congrats to your wonderful family. Wish you all the best." - Theresa King
"What a cutie! Congrats!" - Joan Bell"
"Congratulations, Chilli. Little Donato is just beautiful. All the best to you and Don." - Anne Scott
CLICK HERE TO ALSO POST YOUR GOOD WISHES TOO! - Thanks. Loo
The LOO & CHILLI CUPCAKE PRESENTATION PATROL recently made a stop at the Kettler Community of The Fields of Gaithersburg. We dropped off a bunch of SPRINKLES CUPCAKES to Liz Martinez and her boss James. Notice 3 have already been eaten. Hmm.
(photo credit: Loo Katz)
CLICK HERE to sign up for free cupcakes. We could be coming to your workplace soon! - Loo & Chilli
NBC4's Tom Kierein is part of our WASH-FM Morning Show weekdays from 5AM until 9AM. Whatever kind of weather is out there, he'll provide you with the most acurate and dependable forecasts available. Listen for Tom's reports all morning long on 97.1 WASH-FM!
Click HERE for his latest weather forecast!
Washington Home and Garden Show
March 24th—Washington Home and Garden Show. Interactive exhibitions,
celebrities from the home remodeling and design world, contests and
Saturday March 23rd
Tea with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:00 AM -
Enjoy a festive spring
tea with the Easter Bunny! Families will sample spring tea blends, sandwiches,
petite desserts, and scones, while visiting with the Easter Bunny. After tea,
families will partake in a scavenger hunt through
search of the Easter Bunny’s favorite flowers and animal friends. Cost:
Member Children: $15 Children: $20 Member Adults: $20 Adults: $25 Tudor Place Historic
House and Garden
The City of
2013 Gaithersburg Indoor Flea Markets. The markets will be held on Saturdays,
January 12 and March 23, 2013 from 9am-2pm at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
in Building 6, Halls 3 and 4. Admission is FREE!
Herndon Aqua Egg Hunt
Admission: $10, includes one child and one parent
Join us for our Aqua Egg Hunt where children will collect as many floating and
sinking eggs as possible in the time allowed. Everyone will receive a prize. A
special prize will be awarded to whomever collects the most eggs in each group.
Ages 6 through 12. After your hunt, stay for an open swim. Swim attire is
Celebration - National Cherry
Blossom Festival Family Days
Celebrate the opening
cherry blossom season at this eighth annual family festival for kids of all
ages, featuring hands-on activities, interactive art demonstrations, and
performances that celebrate spring and explore Japanese art and design. To
learn more, visit go.nbm.org/cherryblossom.
Leukemia Ball 2013—Dana Carvey and Jim
Belushi and Sacred Hearts are the entertainment,. Two Mercedes Benz vehicles will be auctioned
off for $100 raffle ticket. 7pm.
Sunday March 24th
Style to the Aisle - A Bride's Runway
Style to the Aisle is
an awe-inspiring bridal fashion event that brings fashion and beauty center
stage to assist brides in creating their wedding look and help celebrate their
engagement in style. Cost: $35 advance $45 day of event L'Enfant Plaza Hotel480
L'Enfant Plaza SW Washington, DC 20024