Rochester mayor declares December 14, 2018 as Jerry Watson Day

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The general manager of KTTC, Jerry Watson, retired after 28 years with the station.

Current and former staff members, friends, and family gathered at the station Friday afternoon to celebrate Watson, as Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede declared Friday, December 14, as Jerry Watson Day in Rochester.

Watson started his more than 40-year broadcast career in Nebraska where he worked in radio. The switch to television news came in 1980 at an Omaha station. He eventually moved to Rochester in 1990 as the newly named Vice President and General Manager of KTTC.

After declaring today Jerry Watson Day, Mayor Brede spoke about his character.

“Jerry Watson has protected, overseen, watched over, taken care of, showed an interest in, demanded excellence in, helped people achieve their best, balance the check book, laughed, cried, and led news people and production people for 28 years.”

A new general manager has yet to be named.

Shannon Rousseau

Shannon Rousseau

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