Blog and Roll
With his handwritten notes at the ready, ten-time Golden Mike award winner Rich Marotta delivers daily his fast paced, articulate and always entertaining sports updates. Since 1991, as KFI's sports authority, Rich writes and broadcasts seven morning sports updates on Bill Handel.
Rich's input on Bill Handel is not limited to his much respected sports updates however as Rich is often called on by Bill to give his unique perspective on news and current events. Rich also takes every possible opportunity to mention how much he loves the music of Bruce Springsteen.
In 2011, Rich received the high honor of induction into two Halls of Fame. In January, he became only the 26th inductee into the Southern California Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Then in June, he was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame.
Spending three years with the Los Angeles Kings, 11 years with the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders and four years with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers makes Rich the only sportscaster ever to have been a part of the regular broadcast teams of three major league sports franchises in Los Angeles.
Rich is a four-time Emmy award winner for his television work on KCAL doing boxing ringside color commentary and Raiders preseason play-by-play. Also, as ringside commentator for FOX Sports Net's weekly Sunday Night Fights, KCAL's Fight Night and host of Rich Marotta's Neutral Corner boxing talk show on AM 570, he is considered one of the nation's foremost boxing experts. It is no wonder the L.A. Daily News called Rich Marotta "L.A.'s most versatile sportscaster."
Rich was recently named recipient of the Sam Taub Award, given annually to the "Broadcaster of the Year" by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Rich has two children, Angela and Joey. He is married to the lovely "Helen of England."
This blog may contain profanity and/or material considered inappropriate. The views expressed in this blog are the opinions of the individual writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of KFI AM-640 and Clear Channel Radio.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that:
Political stuff: I'm a little sad Santorum dropped out of the Republican presidential race.I was dreaming of a brokered convention and political chaos.......I think Romney is going to have a tough time shaking that Governor Etch-a-Sketch tag. If you thought the Romney attack ads were bad during the primary process against his own party members, wait until the general election. It's going to be real ugly
Heres how I handicap the GOP Vice-Presidential race:
Paul Ryan : 2-1 He actually seems to be running for VP
Marco Rubio: 3-1 Future star, tea-party loves him
Susana Martinez: 10-1 Nations first Latina Governor, helps with women/Latinos
Bob McDonnell: 20-1 Virginia governor wants it, but he excites no one
Chris Christie : 25-1 He's not a #2 type of guy
Rock and roll stuff: Caught a Foreigner concert the other night. Their music still stands up strong. One hit after another: Cold As Ice, Double Vision, Hot-Blooded, Dirty White Boy, I Want to Know What Love Is........Anxious to see blues icon Joe Bonamassa in concert next week......Its almost "Boss Time" in L.A. Two concerts end of April for Bruce at the L.A Sports Arena....Gonna see Crosby, Stills and Nash in September. Bet that concert will be political as hell....Its my year for seeing the classic rockers. Also have tickets in hand for Van Halen, Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Joe Cocker and Huey Lewis.
Sports stuff: I'm happy to be doing a pay-per-view boxing show this Saturday night from Mandalay Bay in las Vegas. Lightweight buzzsaw Brandon Rios, out of Oxnard headlines against Richard Abril, a Cuban fighter who made the big mistake of slapping Rios after a press conference a couple of months ago. We're also going to televise the return to the ring of the great Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico against a Russian, Sergei Fedchenko. It is the first time Marquez has fought since, in my mind, he defeated Manny Pacquaio last year but was denied the decision by the judges. We will actually call that fight from Vegas after the fights at Mandalay have been completed. Its my first time working with Brian Kenney, former longtime studio host of the Friday Night Fights who has now moved on to Major League Baseball Network. Former world champ Raul Marquez is the third man on our broadcast team. The fights, promoted by Top Rank, will be distributed by HBO........I really love the feeling surrounding the Dodgers this year. I think they might have enough to take the division. As for the Angels, they might be a monster in waiting. I expect them to win the American League pennant