Best Seat in the House: Mark Rosen's Sports Moments and Minnesota Memories

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Mark Rosen was hired by WCCO television at the age of 17 and has been a part of the 'CCO team for more than 40 years. During that time, Mark has become one of the most popular and esteemed sports media celebrities in the region--a true icon of 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 ...

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Overview

Mark Rosen was hired by WCCO television at the age of 17 and has been a part of the 'CCO team for more than 40 years. During that time, Mark has become one of the most popular and esteemed sports media celebrities in the region--a true icon of 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. In Best Seat in the House, Rosen tells of joining the fast-paced world of television journalism as a wide-eyed high-schooler and then traces his journey to becoming one of the most recognized and respected names in local sports broadcasting. He shares his experiences meeting heroes like Harmon Killebrew and Bud Grant, covering iconic sporting events like the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" and the Twins' World Series victories in 1987 and '91, and breaking the big stories about the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx, Wild, and Gophers.The stories and anecdotes contained in Best Seat in the House offer a rare, exclusive look into the worlds of sports, media, and even politics from the perspective of someone who has been at the center of it all.

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“I associate Mark Rosen’s career with hard work, honesty, and integrity. . . . Best Seat in the House is a grand and true reflection of Mark’s amazing career. I am proud to call him my friend.” - Dave Winfield, MLB Hall of Famer

"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

“Mark’s passion and energy, along with the professionalism he has brought to his sports coverage, has given him a special perspective. He shares that with us in Best Seat in the House, which will give you unique insights into the Minnesota sports scene over the past four decades.” - Paul Molitor, MLB Hall of Famer

“Mark is one of the most knowledgeable, personable, and hardworking sports writers that I have met. His sense of fairness, integrity, and accuracy mirror those of the top professional broadcasters.” - Lou Nanne, former Minnesota North Star player, coach, general manager, and president

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760345320
  • Publisher: MVP Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 927,400
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Mark Rosen, sports director at WCCO Television, 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 the maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. A member of the 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 NanneÆs A Passion to Win and Frank TarkentonÆs Every Day Is Game Day.

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Table of Contents

Contents
 
Foreword By Don Shelby
 
Introduction By Jim Bruton
 
1. A Kid in the Newsroom
2. Where Legends are Built
3. Do You Believe in Miracles?
4. At the Front of the Line
5. Behind the Camera—Before the Lights Go On
6. Breaking the Big Story
7. Greatest Interviews and Associations
8. Bud
9. Harmon
10. Radio and a Run for Governor
11. The Heart and Soul of Broadcast Journalism
12. Greatest Loves and Passions
 
Afterword
Postscript: A Tribute to WCCO Television
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Highly recommended for any sport fan (especially from Minnesota)

    My husband collects baseball books mostly. This one fits the bill, but crosses over into all of the Twin Cities sports teams.

    It is a personal account of the events that happened during the time period that can be remembered by most adults.

    Very entertaining read. Take a trip down memory lane with Mark Rosen and friends.

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