Mark Rosen announces his retirement from WCCO-TV is coming sooner than expected - Bring Me The News

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.
Author:
Publish date:

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.  

Follow Bring Me The Sports on Facebook

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. 

Next Up

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.

CrispAndGreenPhoto

Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

victoria burrow pizza

Fair-inspired entertainment venue opening at Mall of America

Fair on 4 will feature axe throwing, go carts and more.

cheers-2636510_1280

Canceled: The Halloween bar crawl that no bars knew about

The dubiously organized event was planned for this weekend in Minneapolis.

covid saliva test

St. Cloud gets Minnesota's 6th COVID-19 saliva testing site

Four more sites are expected to open in the Twin Cities in the coming weeks.

burnsville center

Part of Burnsville Center is being auctioned off

More than 500,000 square feet of the mall is being auctioned off.

State Capitol

Elections 2020: Control of Minnesota's divided Legislature is up for grabs

Redistricting and responding to COVID-19 are among the issues the new legislature will have to deal with.

ambulance

Rochester woman found dead in the snow after leaving senior residence

The woman left the senior living center around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 10.43.19 AM

Investigation: Sprinklers could have saved 5 killed in Minneapolis high-rise fire

The deadly fire broke out at the Cedar-Riverside apartment block last November.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, October 27

Hospitalizations continue to rise quickly in Minnesota.

Related

Mark Rosen retiring after 50 years at WCCO-TV

He said the highlight of his career was covering the "Miracle on Ice."

On his final day, Mark Rosen gets a shoutout from national anchors

The emotional fireworks will be on display during his final newscasts Thursday night.

Mark Rosen is back on the radio, TV on Tuesday

His wife, Denise Rosen, underwent surgery for a brain tumor recently.

Mark Rosen grateful for support as his wife fights cancer

Rosen is a long time favorite in Twin Cities television and radio.

Cory Hepola leaving KARE 11 to become WCCO radio host

He's filling the void left by John Hines' retirement.