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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.
About a year ago, I was watching the concert channel Palladia on TV and saw a concert from Royal Albert Hall in England featuring blues/rock guitarist and vocalist Joe Bonamassa.The more I watched, the more my curiousity was piqued,and the more impressed I became. I called my wife Helen of England into the TV room, and told her to spend a few minutes watching. As we watched Bonamassa, I remember turning to her and saying, "This guy is no joke, he's the real deal." Shortly after that he was joined on stage by Eric Clapton, who seemed to be nodding in approval and the two played together. I mentioned at the time I thought it looked like Clapton was more or less passing the baton to Bonamassa. We decided right then if we ever had a chance to see Bonamassa in person, we would go.
Last weekend, Joe Bonamassa came to my town, and I got good seats so I could really see him working that guitar. First thing I liked was that Bonamassa's tickets read "8PM Sharp!" At 8PM, right on cue, and right on time, out walked Joe Bonamassa with his band which included a drummer, keyboardist and bass man. He then gave us a 2 hour-15 minute concert that was beyond fantastic. I was completely blown away. I have seen many, actually most of the great rock guitarists in the last 40 years. I have maintained through the decades that Jimi Hendrix is the greatest of all time. I have seen Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Mark Kopfler, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tom Morello, and many, many others, whose names escape me, but you get the drift. I am prepared to say, after watching that concert, that Joe Bonamassa is not only the greatest blues/rock guitarist going today, but is the greatest since Hendrix! You have got to see this man to believe it. He can make the guitar scream and wail, he can play in numerous styles, he throws in some classical on an accoustic as well. He doesn't need electronics, but uses some for fun. He plays the blues, he plays hard rock, he plays, well, anything, and does it all at the highest level. Not only that, but he sings well too. I rarely have been as awestruck by anything I've seen in sports or entertainment as I was by watching Joe Bonamassa in concert. As he said, he has never had what could actually be called a hit off his 12 albums, but who cares. I was unfamiliar with much of his music, but enjoyed it all.
Since going to see Bonamassa, I've been reading up on him. He is 34 years old, got his first guitar at 4, and was actually playing Hendrix and Stevie Ray by the age of 7. On youtube, you can see for yourself, Bonamassa playing in bands when he was 12 and subject of TV news pieces.I don't know how I missed him, but I'm glad I am clued in to him now. Joe Bonamassa is the goods folks. Check him out and let me know what you think at: firstname.lastname@example.org