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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Legendary 'Jesaulenko you beauty!' sports caller dies


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Mike Williamson, one of the most recognisable faces in the early days of televised Australian rules football coverage, and the man synonymous with the famous 'Jesaulenko, you beauty' call has passed away in Melbourne, aged 90.

Williamson was Channel Seven's leading VFL commentator for many years, calling games and hosting panel shows.

After leaving Channel Seven at the end of 1976, he switched to Channel Nine where he was involved in the network's cricket and tennis coverage.

"Mike was a genuine superstar," Sam Newman, a friend and colleague, said of Williamson.

"I know that word is overdone in the Australian media landscape but he was as big as it gets."

Mike Williamson during a recent AFL Footy Show appearance

The AFL's official website said Williamson was involved in some of the code's greatest moments, including St Kilda's one-point win in the 1966 Grand Final, when the colourful commentary of Williamson, Alan 'Butch' Gale and Ted Whitten became etched into the game's history.

His career highlight came four years later in the memorable 1970 Grand Final between Carlton and Collingwood.

As Blues star Alex Jesaulenko flew over Magpie ruckman Graeme 'Jerker' Jenkin late in the second quarter, he uttered the immortal words, 'Jesaulenko, you beauty'.

Those words were part of several advertising campaigns, including a 2006 Memorable Moments campaign featuring Jesaulenko.

Williamson started his media career in radio and quickly became a household name when he joined Channel 7 in 1959.

He was Channel Seven's lead commentator when John Newcombe beat Jimmy Connors in the final of the 1975 Australian Open tennis tournament.

The AFL, media and footy fans expressed their dismay at the news of the broadcasting legend's passing.

https://twitter.com/AFL_House/status/1123867956037992448https://twitter.com/KevinBartlett29/status/1123929808705134592https://twitter.com/johnmangos/status/1123888713572978689https://twitter.com/Quartermain10/status/1123844885096947717https://twitter.com/TonyShaw22/status/1123864878689787909https://twitter.com/Origsmartassam/status/1123841276326096896https://twitter.com/MitchellGlenn/status/1123884502944755718https://twitter.com/MalWalden10/status/1123877092029083648https://twitter.com/michelangeloruc/status/1123897431035404291

Mike Williamson, one of the most recognisable faces in the early days of televised Australian rules football coverage, and the man synonymous with the famous 'Jesaulenko, you beauty' call has passed away in Melbourne, aged 90.

Williamson was Channel Seven's leading VFL commentator for many years, calling games and hosting panel shows.

After leaving Channel Seven at the end of 1976, he switched to Channel Nine where he was involved in the network's cricket and tennis coverage.

"Mike was a genuine superstar," Sam Newman, a friend and colleague, said of Williamson.

"I know that word is overdone in the Australian media landscape but he was as big as it gets."

Mike Williamson during a recent AFL Footy Show appearance

The AFL's official website said Williamson was involved in some of the code's greatest moments, including St Kilda's one-point win in the 1966 Grand Final, when the colourful commentary of Williamson, Alan 'Butch' Gale and Ted Whitten became etched into the game's history.

His career highlight came four years later in the memorable 1970 Grand Final between Carlton and Collingwood.

As Blues star Alex Jesaulenko flew over Magpie ruckman Graeme 'Jerker' Jenkin late in the second quarter, he uttered the immortal words, 'Jesaulenko, you beauty'.

Those words were part of several advertising campaigns, including a 2006 Memorable Moments campaign featuring Jesaulenko.

Williamson started his media career in radio and quickly became a household name when he joined Channel 7 in 1959.

He was Channel Seven's lead commentator when John Newcombe beat Jimmy Connors in the final of the 1975 Australian Open tennis tournament.

The AFL, media and footy fans expressed their dismay at the news of the broadcasting legend's passing.

https://twitter.com/AFL_House/status/1123867956037992448https://twitter.com/KevinBartlett29/status/1123929808705134592https://twitter.com/johnmangos/status/1123888713572978689https://twitter.com/Quartermain10/status/1123844885096947717https://twitter.com/TonyShaw22/status/1123864878689787909https://twitter.com/Origsmartassam/status/1123841276326096896https://twitter.com/MitchellGlenn/status/1123884502944755718https://twitter.com/MalWalden10/status/1123877092029083648https://twitter.com/michelangeloruc/status/1123897431035404291 http://bit.ly/2VIZOtT
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