MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When you think Minnesota sports, you think Mark Rosen. He’s been covering our teams for five decades at WCCO.

But as the song goes, nothing lasts forever. And so the time has come for Rosen to share the news that he has decided to retire from WCCO.

“My book said it best, I’ve had the best seat in the house for so many years. I’m thankful for the opportunity and the trust of Minnesota’s die-hard sports fans,” Rosen said.

The guy with the “Best Seat in the House” has been in your house since 1969. That’s 50 years bringing us the most compelling sports stories of our time. He was still a high school junior when he started, and was hired full time while attending the University of Minnesota.

From the 1980 Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid, to high school hockey players dreaming of making it to that world stage, he’s been there for Minnesota’s ups and downs.

Rosen’s love of sports started young. A camera caught him watching Sandy Koufax pitch in the 1965 World Series. He’d later interview Koufax, one dream come true in a career full of them.

Rosen’s kindness and fairness have earned him the respect of the athletes he covers and the viewers at home.

He’s worked with broadcast legends like Dave Moore, Don Shelby and RJ Fritz, and along the way earned his place on the Mount Rushmore of WCCO. He was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2013.

“Mark is a legend in this town leading us through the highs of game day. We plan to take the next few months to celebrate him and his incredible reel of personal highlights,” WCCO vice-president and general manager Ann Ouellette said.

Don’t worry, he’ll be here through the 2019 NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis in April. That gives us time celebrate a legendary career before he signs off for good 50 years to the month after he first started.

Comments (12)
  1. Scott Weaver says:

    Love ya Rosie! God bless and, simply Thank you…

  2. Tom Gerszewski says:

    Please ‘CCO, don’t even consider putting Max at the desk.

  3. Eric Purcell says:

    There was a huge comfort seeing him on TV or hearing him on Kfan. It will be really weird not having that anymore. Thank you for all the great stories and the work you did! It will be sad to see you go!!!

  4. Katie McCormick says:

    Thank you for going above and beyond! God bless you and you’re family.

  5. Gary L Gillin says:

    Thanks Rosie…I have enjoyed you for decades. How about John Lauritsen as a possible replacement?

  6. Addie Moe says:

    All the best to you and your family, Rosie. Have enjoyed listening to you over the years.

  7. Mary Jo Huber Miklya says:

    Congratulations Rosie! You will be missed! Loved listening to you all these years!

  8. Tim Tengblad says:

    Mark has always given off vibe (from the quality person that he is) that we need to keep sports in perspective. Family, love, respect, laughter, integrity are of much greater value. Thank you Mark.
    I will miss you! A body of work and a life well lived! Enjoy your new chapter. Tim Tengblad

  9. David Seefeldt says:

    Good luck Mark and farewell to one of the best that I have had a chance to enjoy for the almost 50 years. All I can think of however is your chance to leave right now and still possibly be that “Rosie for Governor” candidate!
    Enjoy and follow your road ahead.