I recently had an opportunity to speak with the handsome, talented & award-winning television personality Ryan Chiaverini.
By: Joshua Conner
Ryan Chiaverini is the Emmy Winning co-host of Windy Live on ABC 7 Chicago, musician, sports anchor, and philanthropist. I have been a fan of the show Windy City Live since the beginning and one of the reasons is because of Chiaverini. Whether it’s speaking with him for a post, watching him during one of the tapings of Windy City Live, being an extra in his Chicago music video or running into him during a Chicago/Midwest Emmy award ceremony, Chiaverini has been a class act and gentleman. Chiaverini inspires me professionally and personally. Professionally, I am inspired by the versatility of Chiaverini’s brand & his witty interviewing finesse. Personally, I am inspired by Chiaverini’s resiliency, style, fitness enthusiasm, humor, and he was named CS Modern Luxury Men’s Book Chicago Man of the year.
What is a day in the life of Chiaverini like?
“That just depends on what the day is. I mean, you know what I do for a living, so some days are amazing because I get to meet my childhood heroes, you know big-named movie stars. You know while it’s fun and fulfilling in some ways when I am not in front of the camera, I really like to relax. I mean, as soon as I get offset, I get out of my sportcoat, and like to be in casual clothes, in a casual environment and really just enjoying being with friends and family,” said Chiaverini.
What would be the title of Chiaverini’s life story and who would play him in a movie?
“A lot of people think that Ryan Reynolds and I resemble each other. In fact, people, have actually mistaken me for him. I guess him or Jason Bateman because I really like him. I think the title of my movie would be, I bet you didn’t know. I guess that’s because there are a lot of things in my life, that I have had to endure or persevere through, but people don’t really see that when you’re on television and you’re wearing a nice suit, people assume things about you. I think there are a lot of things in my life, having a mother who was addicted to alcohol, going through a really tough childhood, a lot of poverty, and struggles. I just think it helps my brother and I endure a lot of things, that people just don’t realize when they see the surface,” said Chiaverini.
What song would play on the opening credits to Chiaverini’s life movie?
“Probably, don’t stop believin’ by Journey. I just think again, going back to my childhood, some of the things that we had to overcome, you just can’t stop believing. I mean there were times in my life when my brother and I were young, we were literally hungry and my mother was heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol and my father at the time was just living further away and he didn’t really know everything that was going on in our lives. So I think don’t stop believing is a good song for me,” said Chiaverini.
If Chiaverini’s mantra was a hashtag, it would be #youonlyliveoncesomakethemostofit.
“I just think that people have a lot of regret in life, you know I’ve got a couple. I think I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older, that you’ve really got to chase your dreams while you can because life will pass you by. You don’t want to be sitting in your rocking chair, when your older, going I wish I would have done that. A lot of people told me not to get into television because it was too hard of a career and you’re never going to make it. If I would have listened to those people, I wonder what I would be doing today,” said Chiaverini.
What was Chiaverini’s most memorable year?
“My 40th year, mainly because, I lost my mom, so it was a really trying year for me. She didn’t get to see my 40th birthday, which was really tough. It doesn’t matter, how old you are nothing prepares you for losing a parent. At the same time, after she passed away, a lot of great things happened. I won an Emmy and I got the cover of Men’s Book Chicago for Men of the year. I really felt like my mom was up there, looking at God, like that’s my son, let’s make some good things happen down there. I really felt like she was with me, in a spiritual sense,” said Chiaverini.
What are Chiaverini’s underwear preferences?
“Oh, boxer briefs, hands down, you got comfort and support. So you can wear a nice suit or go to the gym. Favorite brand, I guess right now, I’m really liking some Tommy Hilfiger, but whatever is comfortable and does the job, I’m in,” said Chiaverini.
If Chiaverini could collaborate on a song with any artist dead or alive it would be Elvis Presley.
“Hands down Elvis Presley! I watch every documentary or movie about the king. His Ora and stage presence was so captivating and how he changed rock and roll forever,” said Chiaverini.
What does Chiaverini enjoy most about singing and producing music?
“Music has always just moved my soul. My father is a professional musician, so it really runs deep in my blood. There’s a certain energy and feel you get when you’re on stage, playing, that is unmatched by anything else,” said Chiaverini.
Extra content: I talk Ryan Chiaverini about Windy City Live’s mission, follow me on Facebook and Instagram @MrJoshuaConner to find out.
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