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97.1 The Ticket Morning Host Jamie Samuelsen Dies of Cancer

“At the family’s request, Bob Wojnowski announced Samuelsen’s passing Saturday night on Twitter.”

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Hearts are broken throughout the city of Detroit. Just five days after announcing he had colon cancer, 97.1 The Ticket morning host Jamie Samuelsen lost his fight against the disease on Saturday evening. BSM offers its condolences to his friends and family.

During his Monday morning radio show on 97.1 The Ticket last week, Samuelsen told his audience about his personal battle with colon cancer, a disease he fought for 19 months. A recent infection forced Samuelsen to take a few days off from his show, but the radio host was amazingly able to remain on-air throughout the 19 month-long bout with cancer.

“Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio mic and got to talk sports,” Samuelsen said alongside his morning show co-host Mike Stone. “I needed the escape from cancer, just like so many of our listeners who face hardships, grief and illness, too, they turned to us in the morning for some levity in this crazy world. So I wanted to continue to have fun and not let cancer get in the way of doing what I loved. Connecting with listeners, laughing, teasing Stoney, all of it, it helped me be normal, while continuing to fight this disease.”

A Detroit sports radio figure for more than a quarter-century, the Bay Area bred Samuelsen entered the market in 1994, quickly making himself known in print, TV and radio. After a long tenure at WDFN, Samuelsen joined The Ticket in 2012, where he was paired with evening host and longtime friend Bob Wojnowski. Then in 2016, Samuelsen moved to morning drive on The Ticket with Mike Stone, where the duo enjoyed immense ratings success.

At the family’s request, Wojo announced the passing of Samuelsen Saturday night on Twitter. If you search “Jamie Samuelsen” on social media or just follow Wojo’s Twitter feed, it’s evident how beloved and respected he is by listeners and colleagues.

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“I’m having a real hard time understanding Jamie’s passing,” Samuelsen’s longtime WDFN co-host Gregg Henson wrote on Twitter. “Jamie was one of the most thoughtful, loving souls I have ever met, I always marveled how he could stay so calm and cool while I was losing my lunatic mind. He was raised by a great family and built one just like it. I can’t stop thinking about his wife and kids and how hard it is to lose a true hero, those children will have rough days ahead, but wow, they were really fortunate to have a father like Jamie. You can bet one day they will build great families too.”

One of the main motives behind Samuelsen’s decision to publicize his colon cancer diagnosis was to encourage his audience to go get a colonoscopy. 

“More people under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with colon cancer than ever before,” Samuelsen said. “Make sure you talk with your doctor and get that colonoscopy.”

The 48-year old Jamie Samuelsen is survived by his wife Christy McDonald, an anchor and reporter for Detroit PBS, and their three children, Caroline, 16, Josh, 14 and Catherine, 11.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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