WCCO’s Mark Rosen: The bell-bottom years

According to his WCCO biography, Mark Rosen has worked for the station for 40(!) years. Not sure how many on-air guys have that kind of longevity at a single station, but it can’t be a big number.

Yes, that hair's all Rosey's
Yes, that hair’s all Rosey’s

As you can imagine, some viewers have watched Little Marky grow up on-air, but younger fans lack the historical memory.

To the rescue: TCMediaNow, the newly spiffed-up pop culture treasure chest that — do I have to keep telling you this? — deserves a place in your bookmarks and RSS reader.

Anyway, TCMN has just dumped a lot of Channel 4: 1974 into the archives, including this lovely feature of a bell-bottomed Rosen panting alongside legendary runner Garry Bjorklund. This was back in the day when local stations sent 22-ish reporters to Boulder, Colo. to do 3-minute segments just because they could.

Rosey’s “run-up” (which, in its way, presages “Perk at Play”) comes at about the 2:30 mark.

Also featured:

Dave Moore, talking toy soldiers
The 1974 Bethel College Polar Dip

By the way, Bjorklund finished 13th in the ’76 Olympic 10K.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Tim McNeill on 10/18/2009 - 07:32 pm.

    Thank you very much for posting this information. I love seeing the old Scene Tonight with Dave Moore. That news set was way ahead of its time and still one the stations better looking sets to date. Back-in-the-day, there was an uproar about that desk. People did not like seeing Susan Spencer’s legs on-camera. So, they had to put smoked glass panels on the desk’s wings to hide her legs. Also, the station tried hard to sell an hour of local news at 10 p.m. That never did go over very well either. Good stuff!!

  2. Submitted by Jack Silverman on 10/20/2009 - 08:14 am.

    I was the 24ish photographer that shot this story with Mark. Since I worked nights and weekends I did a lot of sports stories. It was unusual to travel out of town for a sports story that was not related to a big game like a world series, etc. the budget for us was not as large as news. We flew down for the day on North Central airlines and returned that evening. I must also admit that I had no recollection of Mark’s hair length until I saw the clip again! Something unusual in the story was the prerecorded music we used during the mountain sequence. The stations news policy wanted us to use only recorded sounds that were part of an actual news event so that we didn’t blur the line between news and entertainment. Somehow we were able to slip this music in. I’m sure I talked Mark into the “run up” as you described. The photographer’s were always having to direct the talent in the field.

  3. Submitted by ken roberts on 10/21/2009 - 11:57 am.

    I do not think it is nice to pick on Mark while he is recoverying from surgery – do it when he is well!

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