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.
Eileen Cosgrove, who teaches 5nd grade at Colin Powell Elementary School in Centreville. She wins a $100 dollar gift card to the Goodstone Inn & Resort in Middleburg. Thanks to Barbara Paris of Centerville who nominated her and wins Sprinkles Cupcakes from their Georgetown location. Here's what Barbara wrote about Eileen:
"My daughter Melissa is currently a grad student working towards her masters in Elementary Education. She was paired up with Ms. Cosgrove to do some field observation. Ms. Cosgrove was fabulous. She made my daughter very comfortable for the moment she walked into the classroom. She is a teacher that gives every student her best. She makes the classroom an enjoyable place to be and a great place to learn."
You too can nominate a teacher. Just CLICK HERE! We'll announce our next WASH-FM TEACHER OF THE WEEK on Monday, December 16th 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!
Don and I kept our pregnancy a secret from our family and friends during the entire first trimester. When we made it past 12-weeks, we plotted ways to tell our Dads (both our Moms passed away almost 4-yrs ago).
My dad has always LOVED to travel. After my Mother died, my dad started a quest to see as much as the world as possible. He felt like he had nothing left to lose. He made a list of places/countries he wanted to visit, and started checking them off one by one. In the last three years he's traveled SOLO to Greece (where he scuba dived for the first time), Costa Rica (where he did whitewater rafting, horsebackriding and ziplining thru the jungle), Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands...and a safari in Africa.
My 71-year old Dad is about to leave for his next adventure. He'll be going on a cruise out of St. Petersburg, Russia next month. I'm so proud of his outlook on life. This was a man who hated DINING alone...and now he's TRAVELING the world BY HIMSELF (thru a tour group...but he doesn't know anybody).
A couple of months ago, I told my dad I wanted to videotape an interview with him for one of my blogs. I wanted him to talk about all the adventures he's been on...and what he has planned next. During the interview, I told him I had an idea for his NEXT ADVENTURE. I had made a card with a photo of our baby's first SONOGRAM. It read: "Congratulations! Your next ADVENTURE begins soon BABOUG (Armenian word for "Grandpa")".
Here's how he reacted...
Don and I found out the SEX of our BABY this week, but we haven't told our Dads yet. We'll be breaking the news to them on Father's Day. I can't wait to tell them! I will tell YOU guys on Tuesday...so come back and check our blog page for the news. :)