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Rachell Montgomery

Rachell Montgomery, a lifelong Chicagoan, has always followed her own heart, and her endless love for music and all things entertaining led her into the competitive world of broadcast radio.

Rachell's broadcasting career began in Washington, D.C. at WKYS-FM radio with an internship with Radio/TV Icon, Donnie Simpson, the original host of BET’s Video Soul. According to Rachell, “watching Donnie work was like watching magic. He was so intelligent, so cool and always ahead of the trends... and that's what I wanted to be!"

Upon receiving her B.A. from Columbia College Chicago, Rachell landed a job at the historic radio station WGCI-FM, where she worked with noted radio personalities Doug Banks and Tom Joyner, now both nationally-syndicated hosts heard each day on Urban radio stations across the country. Rachell’s earliest radio influences range from Dr. Demento to Howard Stern. Rachell says "Stern is not just the King of All Media but a perfect combination of a best friend, ass and a genius...now, that's a combination that can’t be beat...lol!" In addition Rachell also lent her considerable talents to Chicago legendary radio stations WXRT-FM, WSCR-AM, WVAZ-FM, WPWX-FM, WSRB-FM and WBEZ-AM.

In the fall of 2000, Rachell channeled her energies to television and created the only urban/alternative video show in Chicago, THE ULTIMATE, seen weekly via on Comcast, WOW and RCN cable networks on Chicago Access Network Television(CAN-TV). The program was originally created to provide an outlet for African-American artists whose music didn't fit the traditional R&B genre and was ignored by mainstream media. According to Rachell "artists like Mandrill, Martin Luther, Alice Smith, Craig David and Carolina Chocolate Drops are stellar performers may not get the exposure they deserve because their music goes against the traditional R&B/Hip-Hop grain. So The Ultimate steps in to shine that 'ever lovin' light'...without Wolfman Jack, of course...lol!"

As the self-proclaimed “unknown-known person”, Rachell also gives back to the community by teaching a radio broadcasting courses at Kennedy-King College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago and hosting The Ultimate Doctor Who Classic Series at Columbia College Chicago, which returns the Fall of 2014 and her "Who Knows" segment will be heard on Talk Zone Internet Radio this Summer.

Not bad for someone who as a child used to steal her mom’s wigs and high heels and pretend she was Cher. With a very active imagination and "Quitters never win" as words to live by, Rachell Montgomery continues to be creative force and we love it!!