Best of

the Twin Cities

Best TV Sports Anchor

Mark Rosen

Local sportscasting isn't what it used to be. The rise of the 24-hour networks, nonstop radio shows, and geyser of websites have left the nightly news something of an afterthought. But there remains one king of the Twin Cities. He is Mark Rosen. He began his career at WCCO when he was still a junior high school student in St. Louis Park. Over the years, Rosey became an institution through his empathy, his humility, and his downhome manner that's always been short on histrionics. Decades later, he's still a breath of fresh air within the sporting commentariat, an antidote to the screeching blather that's overrun the field, where so many think they're suited to becoming a Vikings coordinator just because they play a lot of Madden. With Mark Rosen, you don't have to turn off the sound. Or worry about suffering damage to your IQ.

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