Mark Rosen was hired by WCCO television at the age of 17 and has been a part of the ’CCO team for more than four decades. During that time he has become one of the most popular and respected sports media celebrities in the Twin Cities, state, and region—a true icon on the Minnesota sports scene. In this first-person account, Rosen shares his experiences working with athletes, journalists, and a variety of local notables. He describes the most memorable moments from the playing fields and behind the scenes, and he offers insights gleaned from four decades in the business.
Beyond being a major local TV and radio personality, Rosen is very active in the community and has established a reputation for his honesty, integrity, and credibility. The stories and anecdotes contained in this book offer a rare inside look into the worlds of sports, media, and even politics from the perspective of someone who is a legend in his field.
Mark Rosen, sports director at WCCO Television in Minneapolis, MN, has been with the station for over four decades. Starting in broadcast journalism at the age of 17, he has long been a favorite of local and regional audiences, and he was named Best TV Sports Anchor of 2011 by the City Pages. The recipient of numerous journalism awards, he has hosted his own show, Rosen's Sports Sunday, for more than 30 years. Mark has a phenomenal gift for connecting with his listeners, and he continues to bring his charismatic and enthusiastic expertise to his audiences through his daily television news broadcasts and KFAN radio gigs, as well as through social media platforms. His role in the community and with charity organizations has been worthy of the highest esteem.
Jim Bruton spent 35 years in the field of corrections and retired as the warden of Minnesota's maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights. A member of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team from 1965 to 1966, Bruton is the author of several books, including The Big House, A Tradition of Purple, Gopher Glory, and We Love Our Twins. He is also the co-author of Lou Nanne's A Passion to Win and Frank Tarkenton's Every Day Is Game Day. He lives in White Bear Lake, MN.
"Rosen's voice in "Best Seat in the House" is much like his voice on television: genuine, credible and as much a sports fan as he was when he was a kid." - St. Paul Pioneer-Press
“The book reads like a highlight film of the athletes and events that have defined Minnesota sports for the better part of a lifetime.” - Minneapolis Star-Tribune