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Media Life: Placer County hunter, angler hosts Versus reality TV show

New Riders of the Purple Sage rolling into Auburn; David Letterman puts Placer County communities on the late-night map
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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By day, Jamie Susslin of Loomis is passionate about selling real estate. But in her off hours, she’s hunting and fishing up a storm internationally. Susslin is now sharing that love for the outdoors as host of a new reality show that pits a dozen contestants in tests of hunting and fishing skills around the United States. Susslin also serves as co-writer of the show as she travels with contestants to scenic locations to guide viewers through a variety of contests using gear they may not be familiar with. “The Ultimate Sportsman” will air 22 segments, with a start time of 7 a.m. every Thursday. Susslin was bitten by the outdoors bug early, receiving her first BB gun at 6 years old and fashioning her own first fishing pole soon after out of a stick and an old hook and line she found on the lakeshore. As a Bay Area police officer working undercover, she was known for her marksman skills. She took a turn as a private investigator before branching out into promoting fundraisers for conservation and hunting organizations. Today she’s selling real estate in the Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado County regions while serving as a board member on the Sacramento Safari Club. “Television was a long-term goal and I feel honored at this stage of a diverse career to be able to share my passion with the viewing audience,” Susslin said. NEW RIDERS IN AUBURN Catching up on e-mails after returning from vacation, Media Life was pleased to see Keep Smilin’ Promotions keeping on keeping on with a show planned for late November in Auburn featuring none other than the New Riders of the Purple Sage. One of the primo San Francisco bands since its founding in 1969 and originally blessed by the musical magic of co-founder Jerry Garcia, the band is going strong into its fifth decade. Lead guitar player and co-founder David Nelson will be joined by a lineup of veteran musicians to hopefully play all the old favorites as well as a few new ones from their 2009 studio release. The local show will be Nov. 27 at the Auburn Event Center. LETTERMAN MENTIONS If you were up late Aug. 11 and tuned into late-night talk show host David Letterman’s “Small-town News“ bit, you would have been jarred out of your sleepy state by the mention of not one but two Placer County newspapers. Fifteen minutes into his show – and before Eminem presented the Top 10 list – Letterman first mentioned the Colfax Record, cracking wise about the classified ad that ran for a tombstone for sale – “Standard gray – a great deal for someone named Homer.” As it turns out, the gravestone wasn’t really for sale. It was all part of a spot-the-fake-ad promotion, with prizes for those readers who were first to do so and phone in. The Roseville Press-Tribune got the second mention, with Letterman saying quickly that someone had offered a free rooster, getting a quick laugh, and then moving on to the Staunton Star Times headline: “Boozer charged with driving under the influence.” P-T Editor Michelle Carl said the rooster ad was actually a real one.