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.
I admit it, I am totally geeked by the L.A. Kings amazing run in the National Hockey League playoffs. I LOVE it! I have bought into the fact totally that they can and will win the Stanley Cup.
Maybe it goes back to my professional beginnings in Los Angeles. I came to town in 1976 to join Bob Miller as color analyst on the radio and television broadcasts of the Kings. This was after I had called three years of college hockey in Colorado. In the late 80's and early 90's, I rejoined the Kings as the studio-host for their telecasts. In my first stint with he Kings, I got to call the exploits of Marcel Dionne, Butch Goring, and Rogie Vachon. In my second go-round, it was with the likes of Luc Robitaille, Jim Fox and at the very end, the Great One, Wayne Gretzky. What fun times I had, broadcasting with the likes of Miller and Nick Nickson. Those two are still there, Miller on TV, Nick calling the radio play-by-play on KTLK AM 1150. It's about time they get to call games for a team like this current edition.
While I said all season long on our morning broadcasts that the Kings were underachieving and had the capability and potential to be a real Stanley Cup contender, they never validated my comments until the playoffs. It is there that they have been magnificent, rolling over the likes of Vancouver, St Louis and Phoenix, the top three seeds, all of whom had been favored over the Kings. This is a real team. The last time the Kings were in the finals was 1993, and that was Gretzky picking 20 teammates up and carrying them on his shoulders. This team doesn't even have a star, outside of their goalie Jonathon Quick, who I believe is the best in hockey. However, they attack ferociously, and do so with great cohesion. They are relentless and haven't given their opponents in the playoffs room to breathe. So I am not surprised they are contending for The Cup. I believe they will beat whoever they face from the Eastern Conference and they'll do it in six games or less. So yes, Go Kings Go! Go out and get that Stanley Cup for the fans who have waited nearly a half-century for it!