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
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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)
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I LOVE redemption stories. I also find myself rooting for the underdog more often than not. I think it's because there's a thread of HOPE in both those scenarios. In one, a person who has made horrible mistakes and choices in life...gets a chance to turn things around and live an extraordinary life. In the other, a person who isn't EXPECTED to do well pushes through and comes out a winner.
I've seen too many celebrities "lose themselves" to addiction and fame. It's really sad. Unlike many people, I would never want to be a star. I don't want to be that famous. There's nothing about that life (besides the money and connections perhaps) that I find attractive. I actually believe that superstars have a somewhat SAD existence.
This brings me to a celebrity who seemingly turned his life around. Robert Downey Jr. is one of my favorite actors. I'll never forget when he was struggling with his addiction and demons. There's footage of him in court...in handcuffs...and he's about to be sentenced to jail. He said something along the lines of wanting to put a gun in his mouth to end it all. That image stuck with me. I felt so sad for him.
We all know Robert Downey Jr managed to recover. He got married and returned to the big screen to make MILLIONS as IRON MAN. I find myself smiling now whenever I read about his successes...or when I see him in an interview. He's a wonderful story of REDEMPTION.
And now there's LINDSAY LOHAN. I stopped doing stories about her in my showbiz report last year because I started to sound like a broken record. Lindsay was constantly getting in trouble with the law. She always had a court date. She was sent to jail. She got out of jail. She was back in court. It was like a scene from Ground Hog Day. Same thing over and over. What made it so frustrating is that she is so TALENTED. She really is.
When I found out she was going to be doing a docu-series on Oprah's OWN Network about her road to recovery, I was intrigued. I also wanted to see what she had to say to Oprah in her interview this past weekend. No matter WHAT she said...I wanted to believe her. I picked a few clips from that OWN interview to share with you.
I really hope this is the turning point for Lindsay. I want to believe she's going to REDEEM herself. I want to believe she's going to turn her life around and do great things. - Chilli Amar