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!
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I want to start by stating that this blog isn't about me complaining about my ever expanding body. I'm embracing all the new curves that come with being pregnant. There's a life growing inside me...and I'm very grateful for the miracle.
This blog is more about the STYLE sacrifices you sometimes have to make when you're pregnant. I've stayed pretty true to my non-pregnant fashion sense for most of the pregnancy. Luckily, I haven't had to buy any maternity tops. I only needed to purchase maternity jeans and shorts. I normally wear loose fitting blouses, so most of them are fitting just fine as my belly continues to grow.
Don and I planned a long weekend getaway to the Outer Banks a few weeks ago. I knew I'd have to buy a new swimsuit...but I didn't start shopping for one until two weeks before our departure date. This was a huge MISTAKE. Since I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a bathing suit I was going to wear for less than a week, I decided to hit stores that I knew would have reasonable prices.
I found out pretty quickly that I waited TOO LONG to shop for a maternity swimsuit. It was the end of the season...and the racks were practically empty. I had very LIMITED choices. Don had come along for feedback and moral support...and after failing to find something at our third stop, I was ready to give up. My feet were aching and NOTHING was available.
Just as we were walking out of the FOURTH store, I had an idea. Why not look at REGULAR swimsuits and just buy a LARGER size? Could that work? There was only one way to find out. I headed out of the maternity department and into the "normal" swimsuit section and started looking through the racks for larger sizes.
The inventory in the regular bathing suits was also limited...but at least there were a few more options. I tried on about 6 swimsuits...but only one fit over my belly and was comfortable. Unfortunately, it was NOT my style. It was multi-colored (like a Jackson Pollock painting) with RUFFLES (I hate ruffles).
I sat in front of the mirror trying to make peace with the face that I was going to buy something I normally would NEVER wear. I was desperate. So...without giving it any more thought, I bought the bathing suit and went home.
I didn't put it on again until we arrived at the beach last week. It certainly wasn't the "cute" maternity swimsuit I had in mind for myself...but it was good enough to do the job. I had Don take a photo of me in the "so-not-me" swimsuit just for fun.
Almost 32-weeks pregnant
(photo credit: Chilli Amar)
One day I'll show this picture to our son and tell him it was his "first" trip to the beach. :)