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

Mark Rosen , Don Shelby , Jim Bruton

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April 20 2012

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.


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“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



"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

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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 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. Beyond being a major local TV and radio personality, Rosen is 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 a legend in his field.
 
In Best Seat in the House, Mark Rosenshares first-person accounts of his experiences working with athletes and other sports figures, including Bud Grant, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Evel Knievel, Jim Marshall, Kirby Puckett, Joe Mauer, and more. From the grand stage of the Olympic Games to regional high school athletics, Rosen has covered many of the most memorable moments in Minnesota sports history—here, these moments jump to life in his own vibrant words.
 
Best Seat in the House also shares detailed memories of a truly unique broadcasting career. From his early days at WCCO, Rosen worked with a variety of exceptional journalists—Dave Moore, Hal Scott, and Don Shelby to name just a few. The stories of Rosen’s relationships with his colleagues at WCCO and throughout the media community will add new chapters to Minnesota’s broadcast history.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great For MN Sports Nuts, Or The Journalist Trying To Find A Niche June 3 2012
By Zachary Koenig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having been a fan of Minnesota professional sports for roughly two decades, sports journalist Mark Rosen has often been seen on my television, heard on my radio dial, or observed reporting from live events, bringing me the "jist" of the action. I have always been impressed by his balance of professionalism and "giddyness" (he is covering sports, after all!) while plying his trade. "Best Seat In The House" is a solid grouping of recollections that confirms what I had always thought about Mr. Rosen: he's just a guy like you or me who worked hard and (through a combination of luck, skill, and persistence) ended up with his "dream job". The book does a very nice job of taking readers "along for the ride" on the journey (so far) that is Rosen's life.

Obviously, this book is meant primarily for Minnesota sports fans, as that has been Rosen's niche for the past few decades. Stories abound regarding the Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, Gophers, and other local sporting pastimes. Entire chapters are devoted to the topics of the "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team (which Rosen covered live from Lake Placid), Bud Grant, & Harmon Killebrew. Clearly, this book has a "Minnesotan flavor" through and through.

However, "Best Seat" can also be useful to the budding journalism who wants to know what he/she will be expecting in that field. While it is fairly obvious that Rosen has a passion for what he does, he also pulls very few punches when it comes to describing the life of a journalist. The profession is most definitely not for everyone (as significant sacrifices must be made in regards to family, privacy, and time spent "on the job"), and thankfully Rosen does not sugarcoat this face.

Overall, "Best Seat In The House" is an interesting look at the professional career of a MN sports media icon. There is no groundbreaking material here, but rather a solid tome that any MN sports fan or journalist-in-the-making can take at least something positive away from.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great sportscaster, mediocre book July 9 2012
By Joel Holtz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I had high hopes for Rosen's new book. I still think he's the best sportscaster in the Twin Cities, but BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE has several problems.

First, it's way too repetitive. ("As I mentioned earlier".. "in an earlier chapter,".. "I know I'm repeating myself again.") And I simply lost count the number of times Rosen says he's been at 'CCO for over 40 years. Once or twice is enough. The book is about 100 pages too long.

Second, the book is poorly edited. He "get" the sweats.. A question ends in a period. Tenses don't match up. It was a struggle to get through the book with all the grammatical and punctuation errors.

Finally, I didn't see a whole lot of humility in the book. Rosen continually feeds his ego with statements like .."I mean, fans called out my name." "I had alot to do with that." One chapter is simply titled, "GREATEST INTERVIEWS AND ASSOCIATIONS." Wouldn't "Memorable" interviews be a bit more humble?

The book has plenty of interesting Minnesota sports stories and memories from Rosen's career. But overall, a big disappointment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Rosen fan, but this one is pretty terrible. Dec 31 2012
By corey frazee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was hoping for a bunch of behind the scene stories of the newsroom and great sports moments, instead this book is full of long, rambling descriptions and stories about people at WCCO. When he does talk about athletes or coaches, it's a story about one time when they were hanging out with Rosen. It is repetitive, poorly written and self-serving. I wish I hadn't read this because now I see the size of Mark's ego. Like I said, I am a fan of Rosen's and of Minnesota sports as well as local media and sports personalities, and somehow this book is one of the most boring reads I've had.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosie Nails It June 23 2014
By charles d green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very Good .. Watched Rosie thru out his career, great to find out about details.... A really fast read... interest never reduced. would recommend
11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go see it! March 29 2012
By The Common Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think this is the best book ever written! I always loved that one! Daddy enjoys this! Just go see it!

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