Longtime Detroit sportscaster Jamie Samuelsen dies at age 48
DETROIT (AP) — Jamie Samuelsen, a longtime Detroit radio personality, passed away Saturday night after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. He was 48.
The Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski announced Samuelsen's death in a tweet Saturday on behalf of the family. He is survived by wife Christy McDonald and three children.
Samuelsen was “surrounded by his wonderful family, and he went peacefully,” Wojnowski tweeted.
Samuelsen revealed on the air last Monday, for the first time, that he had been fighting colon cancer for the past 19 months. He noted that his diagnosis after an infection recently forced him to take some days off.
He co-hosted the “Jamie and Stoney Show” with Mike Stone on 97.1 FM Ticket at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.
“I was diagnosed with cancer January of ’19, like so many men and women around here. Doesn’t make us unique or different or special, but it is certainly a massive gut punch for where you think your life is headed,” Samuelsen, who has been in and out of the hospital the last few weeks, said on the air Monday. “It throws you for a loop, it makes you reassess everything, it makes you hug your kids a little bit tighter, your family and friends a little bit tighter. It’s a battle, and the battle goes on.”
Samuelsen made his debut on Detroit sports radio at WDFN 1130 in 1994 before becoming a show host the following year. Samuelsen later moved to 97.1 The Ticket where he was a co-host of an evening show with Wojnowski before eventually partnering up on a morning show with Stone. He has been on air with Stone since 2016. He was also a contributor to the Detroit Free Press and Channel 2’s SportsWorks show.
Samuelsen was a native of Lafayette, California, outside of San Francisco and a graduate of Northwestern University.