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Mark Rosen announces his retirement from WCCO-TV is coming sooner than expected

His original plan was to retire after the Final Four in April.

The end of Mark Rosen's television broadcasting career is nearing, and on Tuesday he announced that his retirement plans are being expedited to early January. 

“My original plan was to retire from WCCO-TV in April following the Final Four. I am moving that date up to Jan. 10,” Rosen said in a release

“There are no words to express the appreciation for the outpouring of support my family has received during this difficult time.”

The NCAA Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium is April 6-8, so Rosen's final days with WCCO-TV will come approximately three months earlier than he originally planned. 

It comes after Rosen's wife, Denise, was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year.

This prompted Rosen to take an extended leave of absence from Twin Cities TV in the summer, before he announced his upcoming retirement in October.

"Thinking a lot about my wife tonight, Denise, and that's the driving force behind my life and that's what matters to me at this moment," Rosen said when he announced his retirement plans in early October.  

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Rosen has been with WCCO-TV since 1969, when he was hired as an 11th-grader at St. Louis Park High School. He can also be heard weekdays on KFAN radio, on which he'll continue to appear despite retiring from WCCO.

He was inducted in the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2013 and said the highlight of his career was covering the "Miracle on Ice" with the 1980 U.S. men's olympic hockey team. 

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