Interviews by Christina Breda Antoniades

Chris Cichon, 26, news assistant, and Anna Steg, 27, business administrator. (Photo courtesy of daters)

When we heard WTOP news assistant Chris Cichon was headed to a recent open casting call for “The Bachelor” (which at presstime had not given him thumbs up or down), we thought he might want to try the local approach, too. We found Anna and sent the duo to Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown to see if they’d click

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Chris: I thought her sense of style was awesome: She had this cool necklace on; she had a Michael Kors watch on. And she’s a tall girl — I’m 6-4 — so that was nice, too. I thought she was very attractive.

Anna: The first thing I thought was he was tall and attractive and exactly what I’m looking for.

Chris: She didn’t seem like she really wanted to talk about her career as much, which is totally okay with me. I think we were both a little bit nervous.

Anna: The more and more we started talking, the more we had in common; he works in sports radio and I used to be a collegiate athlete.

Chris: She is a former college basketball player. I was telling her my style and asked for tips, because I’m a tall guy but I’m not really that good.

Anna: I don’t exactly remember what tips I gave him. I should have challenged him in one-on-one or something, because we were both saying how competitive we both are.

Chris: There were really no awkward pauses. As the wine was flowing and we got into the night more, we talked about how we both got into the Date Lab scene. I mentioned to her that [Date Lab] reached out after the [Reliable Source] article.

Anna: At first when he told me, I was just kind of cracking up. Me and my roommates watch “The Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” all the time. I think it’s pretty cool. He asked what kind of music I like, and I pretty much said “everything.”

Chris: I’m telling her I was into ’70s and ’80s music, and I said, “I’d like to see Hall and Oates,” and she was like, “Oh, wow, I’m actually going to see Hall and Oates this summer.”

Anna: I definitely think we were flirting some as we were getting to know each other. I felt like there was a little bit of a shell to him, so it would maybe take going out again to get him to loosen up a little more, but I think there could definitely be some potential.

Chris: I’m not too forward right out of the gate. Whether that’s a good thing, I don’t know.

Anna: The night was winding down. We exchanged numbers, and he walked me out and made sure I got in a taxi. We hugged goodbye.

Chris:I said, “Hey, I’d love to get together soon, maybe not on a school night,” and she agreed. I’ve been told in the past [by] friends that I maybe come on too strong with text messaging and I should play it a little cooler, so I’m going to try that.


Anna: A 4. I thought he was awesome and super nice. And I think we do have a lot of things in common. But I think it would take hanging out a little more and see what was there.

Chris: Let’s do 4 and a half, because I definitely am interested and I had a wonderful time on the date. The reason it’s not a 5 is I didn’t lay all my cards on the table, and I don’t think she did either. I would like to learn more.


Things quickly fizzled, perhaps due to a packed schedule. “The spark has just sort of waned,” Chris says. Anna said it was “a little disappointing” that he didn’t call but that she felt the same way about the spark fizzling.

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