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All Girl Talk Radio: Online, On Air, On Point

When it comes to terrestrial talk radio in Detroit, black women have been a dominating force on the airwaves for as long as I can remember, from the iconic Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg to the regal Frankie Darcell to Mildred Gaddis, the current drive-time gold standard.

But in the fast-growing world of Internet radio, it's a fairly new group of young Detroit women who are looking to leave the freshest broadcast imprint. Hosts of the show All Girl Talk, featured on the online DIY radio site BlogTalkRadio, this foursome of Detroit-raised businesswomen, wives and moms has steadily gathered steam in recent months as their hot topics and smart, sassy on-air personalities have reeled in thousands of listeners a week, some as nearby as W. 7 Mile Road and some as far away as the United Kingdom.

The All Girl Talk team is made up of Tamika Montgomery, 40, known to listeners as "The Conservative Ms. Tika"; Irresha Byrd, 35, a.k.a. "Ms. Muse"; 30-year-old Jessica Hence, dubbed "Ms. Jai"; and Angela Smith, 38, self-dubbed "Rambunctious Angie." Taken together, they're the masterminds behind a year-old show that sounds at times like a raucous, take-no-prisoners cross between "The View," the sitcom "Girlfriends" and the casual chatter of four homies under the hairdryers at a west-side salon.

"All Girl Talk Radio shares the same goals with our city," says Hence. "The goal is to grow beyond measure, to inspire everyone, to not only dream but to make dreams come true, to change negative situations to positive through the voice of reason and to live our motto of 'Keeping it real and coming where you live!' We are a reflection of our city."

Their shows do indeed underscore Detroiters' penchant for telling it like it is (or at least, how we see it) about any number of topics. The All Girl Talk  hosts seem are especially adept at, and keenly fascinated by, relationship issues, exploring the full gamut of intimate interactions, from the dynamics of romance to the tenuousness of friendships to the thorniest aspects of parent-child ties.  Recent episodes of All Girl Talk have included topics like "I'm Loved Sexually...But Not Emotionally," "What Do Women Really Want," "Church People: Are They Backstabbers?" and "What's Up With These Damn Kids?" They've also explored subjects like marital infidelity, romantic affairs inside church congregations and the appropriate age for young people to have sex.

As you might expect with topics like these, All Girl Talk can get pretty hot, with each of the women more than willing to speak frankly and, at times, unconventionally, about their feelings on the assorted issues. They are also more than willing to challenge each other on-air. But while the women's candor makes for a refreshing departure from the radio norm, each of them also possesses a wit, strength and sensitivity that makes their synergy positively crackle. And each brings key individual traits to the whole of the program, from Smith's unfiltered-but-charming straightforwardness and Byrd's worldly free-spirit to Montgomery's laid-back sensibility and Hence's infectious energy and willingness to dish.

"We work well together on the show because we all are family and are comfortable with each other being themselves," explains Byrd, who currently lives in Atlanta and joins the All Girl Talk broadcasts from there. "I think you generally have to mesh with people in order for situations to  work."

Adds Montgomery: "I think we all work well together because not only we are all strong black women, but we are women who respect each other.  This doesn't mean we always agree, but we know that each one of us has something to offer to AGT."

So far, they are doing fine. Smith, who is credited with pulling the team together with the idea of doing a radio show, says the show has garnered as many as 9,000 listeners per week worldwide since its January 2009 debut, not staggering numbers, but a darn good start. She concedes that, in the growing world of online radio, it's easy for newcomers to get lost in the mix, so she and her friends make sure to stay in front of their audience as much as possible. All Girl Talk airs three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and listeners can also grab old episodes from the show's online archives.

Just as important as their consistency, insists Smith, is their insistence on staying true to their personalities, worldviews and experiences.

"This show is about being proud of who you are," she says. "It's live, it's real, it's uncensored! With us, what you see is what you get."

So is what you hear.

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  • 1

    Hello from Ukraine !

    Oh, it the super idea, we need such here, for sure !

    Good luck to all.

    Go go go my girlfriends :-)

    Sincerely,

    Marina - Ukraine.

  • 2

    Darrell,

    Post some links and call signals.

    Nothing like a black womans' snit, and pointed humor.

    They probably do need it in the Ukraine...

    A kind of human freedom that has been missing in that part of the world.

    Bill

  • 3

    I am so happy that the airwaves now include the voices of a group that traditionally have been left out of the radio wave loop. Thanks again Mr. Dawsey for keeping us informed. These feel good stories really feel good in contrast to many of the daily challenges here in Detroit....

  • 4

    OMG! They just got a new fan! I got three paragraphs into this article and then hopped right on over to listen to some shows!!

    AWESOME!!!

    Thanks!

  • 5

    Awesome! OMG! just what the doctor ordered, I just goggled them and their website is HOT! and their shows are even HOTTER!

    Ladies, you have a new fan! are they on any social networks??

    I love how they give the hard truth to what ever the situation is... Wow we have been sleeping on real Talk Radio...

    Thanks!!!!

    Lassey

  • 6

    Thank you all for your positive feed back, especially to our new fans. We are extremely excited about the show and it seems like the 1.5 hr is never enough time. Look forward to seeing you in the chatroom or on the phone lines. We always have a good time. There's nothing wrong with a little girl talk!!!

    Special thanks to Mr. Dawsey for featuring AGT.

    Ms. Tika, the Conservative one
    All Girl Talk (AGT) Radio
    http://www.allgirltalkradio.com

    log on live at:
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/allgirltalk007

  • 7

    I am so proud of you Fabulous, Outstanding, Beautiful, intelligent and More Than Awesome Women. I thank you for citing my mother, Martha Jean 'The Queen' Steinberg as your inspiration. She would have been equally as proud of you!

    I applaud you for carrying on a legacy of women in radio "Telling it like it is!" and with so much love and humor!

    I commuted from California after mom made her transition, to be on her show "Inspiration Time" from 2000, to 2003. I found that after all the records, theatre and film, there is nothing quite like radio. Once it's in your blood, It's too hot to handle... you have to do something good.

    I have always been an educator during all my other careers. Putting all that together with motherhhod and a love for community makes you "GIRLS" perfect for keeping your ear to the rail and knowing what the people need to hear and with candor.

    I wish I was there to do it with you! Continued success and remember, the way to greatness is to serve!

  • 8

    Thank you all for your positive feed back, especially to our new fans. We are extremely excited about the show and it seems like the 1.5 hr is never enough time. Look forward to seeing you in the chatroom or on the phone lines. We always have a good time. There's nothing wrong with a little girl talk!!!

    Special thanks to Mr. Dawsey for featuring AGT.

    Ms. Tika, the Conservative one
    All Girl Talk (AGT) Radio
    http://www.allgirltalkradio.com

    log on live at:
    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/allgirltalk007

    Read more: http://detroit.blogs.time.com/2010/03/26/allgirltalk-radio-online-on-air-on-point/#add-your-comment#ixzz0y2W1tmGK

  • 9

    It's exciting to see that the airwaves now include the voices of a group that traditionally have been left out of the radio wave loop. I tip my hat again to Mr. Dawsey for keeping us informed. These feel good stories really feel good in contrast to many of the daily challenges here in Detroit. Oh and GO Lions!

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