Detroit sports-talk radio icon Jamie Samuelsen dies at age 48

Jamie Samuelsen, a fixture on sports-talk radio in Detroit for more 25 years, died Saturday at age 48, according to several local media reports.

Samuelsen, the morning co-host of the “Jamie and Stoney Show” with Mike Stone on 97.1 The Ticket, revealed on the air Monday that he had been battling colon cancer for the past 19 months.

“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 started his sports-talk radio career at WDFN 1130 in 1994.

A native of Lafayette, Calif., and a Northwestern graduate, he’s survived by wife, Christy McDonald, and three children,  Caroline, Josh and Catherine.