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!
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In a country where two out of every three adults are overweight, there's bound to be a lot of bad information floating around about how to stay healthy...and a lot of it comes from OURSELVES.
According to MSN, here are SEVEN POPULAR HEALTH LIES WE TELL OURSELVES:
1. If I skip breakfast and lunch, I can eat as much as I want for dinner. In fact, as we ALL should know by now, research shows that people who skip breakfast tend to weigh MORE than people who eat it. It's because they overcompensate. They eat unhealthy snacks and then gorge themselves at dinner, because they think they've earned it.
2. I can drink coffee for energy instead of eating. Coffee stimulates your brain. It doesn't give you ANY energy, because it has no calories. Real energy comes from healthy, high-protein foods. Drinking coffee just makes you crash harder later on.
3. I don't need a vacation...I thrive on work. Studies show that people who take vacations are healthier in just about every way than people who let their vacation days pile up. Less stress, less depression, and fewer sleep problems, just for starters.
4. I don't need sunblock. Even if you rarely go outside, you can still get skin cancer from UV rays. Fluorescent lights can also cause problems. They're a weaker version of the lights in a tanning bed.
5. I get enough exercise from running around all day. A recent study reported that the average American takes about 5,000 steps a day, which is only half the recommended number. You THINK you're running around...but it's mostly DRIVING.
6. A drink or two before bed helps me sleep. Alcohol might help you get to sleep FASTER. But you won't sleep as DEEPLY, and you'll tend to wake up more...and feel more tired in the morning.
7. I'm older, so I don't need to sleep as much. In fact, our sleep needs stay the same throughout adulthood. Older people may sleep less at night, but then they need to sleep more during the day to make up for it.