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In 1997, Samuelsen was part of an operation that chronically ruffled Detroit sports’ teams’ feathers, as the Detroit Free Press reported:
They tweak. And they taunt. And they tease … How else to explain Scott Mitchell calling into WDFN to argue with his armchair critics? Or the Lions’ public relations department yanking game credentials, citing irresponsible journalism?
According to the Free Press, Samuelsen often acted as the voice of reason, leading to some interesting back-and-forth between him and his co-host, program director Gregg Henson: “An example: in the middle of a heated discussion two weeks ago, Henson called Samuelsen – the part-time Chicago sympathizer – a ‘Jordan butt-suck’ on the air,” the Free Press reported. “Then Henson called for their listeners to boycott Sports Illustrated.” Henson was unhappy that the Detroit Red Wings, who had won the Stanley Cup, weren’t put on the magazine’s cover even though Michael Jordan was put on the cover when the Chicago Bulls won the NBA Finals.
In that article, the paper noted that at least one caller per show would call in to complain about Henson, but there was at least one listener who, Samuelsen joked, had a more quiet animus: “My mother can’t stand him,” he said.
2. Samuelsen Went On To Become A Fixture of Detroit Sports
One of the greatest athletes on the planet. Pictured along with Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. pic.twitter.com/ltGu1TsEOD
— Jamie Samuelsen (@JamieSamuelsen) September 29, 2019
Over the lifespan of his career, Samuelsen did it all.
Along with tag-teaming the “guy radio” show with Henson on WDFN-AM, he was also freelance writing about lacrosse in 1998. In 2003, Samuelsen was on the air doing play-by-play coverage.
His sports blog was a regular of the Detroit Free Press; in 2013, the paper attributed his blog to saying Calvin Johnson was the “best wide receiver in (the) NFL.” In 2011, the paper also attributed a quippier statement from Sameulsen’s blog: “If MSU can play on a boat, Pistons should try to play a game downtown.”
Samuelsen also worked at Fox2 television and was featured in shows that aired on NFL Network.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Samuelsen’s voice …read more