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, he has become one of the most popular and esteemed sports media celebrities in the 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 tables. 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.
MARK ROSEN, sports director at WCCO Television, has been with the station for more than 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. 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, Vikings 50, Gopher Glory, and We Love Our Twins. He is also the co-author of Lou Nanne's A Passion to Win and Fran Tarkenton's Every Day Is Game Day.