Sam grew up in small-town Minnesota, went to high school in suburban Omaha and now lives in metro Boston. She has worked in international business for about 20 years and has traveled to over 30 countries.
She got her start in radio in May 2006 as a weekly guest on the Philosophy Cafe segment on The Todd Feinburg Show on WRKO 680 AM, Thursdays from 9-10 pm. The segment ended when Todd, an independent-minded conservative, moved to mid-days in December 2006. Todd now co-hosts WRKO’s morning show with Tom Finneran.
Samantha was back on the air with The Samantha Clemens Show in March 2007 and made several guest and co-host appearances on Todd’s nationally syndicated weekend show which aired from 1-4 pm EST on over 100 markets including Boston on WRKO.
From June 2009 through July 2012, The Samantha Clemens Show was on WWZN AM1510, revolutionBoston, Boston’s progressive talk station. She is a contributor to The Jeff Santos Show, revolutionBoston’s morning show and recently filled in for Tom Finneran on WRKO’s morning show and Michele McPhee on WRKO’s afternoon show.
Sam brings a unique perspective to radio broadcasting in the Boston area. She is not a lawyer, former politician, journalist, or lifetime broadcaster. With her business background and her liberal values, she loves checks and balances: a vibrant private sector, a strong government, organized labor, a truly independent media, and an informed and engaged electorate.
She’s the daughter of a farmer’s daughter who plowed the back 40 and a small-town minister. She knows how to sew, knit, scuba dive and play frisbee. She knows conservatives, evangelicals, east coast liberals. She lived in the state that Republicans visit when things are going poorly (Nebraska) and is from the state that brought you Jesse Ventura, Al Franken, Paul Wellstone, Tim Pawlenty, and last but not least, Michele Bachmann (Minnesota). Like Bachmann, she is a Norwegian Lutheran who ended up in the Minneapolis area. Unlike Bachmann, she believes adults should be free to do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else and that the collective ‘we’ have a moral obligation to help the most vulnerable.
She loves connecting with people all over the world and finds that the best way to find out about a place is to talk with taxi drivers..
Sam would love to hear from you – email her at sam [at] samanthaclemens [dot] com.
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