MINNEAPOLIS -- Longtime Twin Cities sports anchor Mark Rosen plans to retire in 2019.

Rosen, who has been on the Minnesota sports beat for 50 years at WCCO-TV, will remain with the station through April to cover the NCAA Final Four Minneapolis, according to a post on WCCO’s website.

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

Rosen took a leave of absence from the station this summer to be with his wife during treatment for brain cancer.

Rosen started his career with WCCO in 1969 as a high school junior, eventually becoming one of the most recognizable faces at Twin Cities sporting events. He was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2013.