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.
So there I sat, watching the final seconds tick away, big knot in my throat, eyes welling up, and when the final horn sounded, it was very emotional to see the Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup. Thank you Kings for finally winning the Cup after 45 years of frustration. Thank you Kings because I felt an emotional attachment to this team that I did not have for others. The Kings brought me to Los Angeles to be colorman and Bob Millers partner on radio and TV. I served a second stint with them in the late 80's and early 90's as their TV host. On their winning note, my thoughts drifted to all those people who contributed along the way to finally get to this point. Announcers Bob Miller and Nick Nickson, with the Kings for decades. Original owner Jack Kent Cooke who formed the team in 1967 and actually hired me, as well as other owners Jerry Buss, Bruce McNall and Philip Anschutz. Players like Marcel Dionne, Butch Goring, Rogie Vachon, Rob Blake, Kelly Hrudy, Luc Robitaille, Jim Fox, Bernie Nichols, Dave Taylor, Charlie Simmer and of course the incomparable Wayne Gretzky. All those Kings fans, so loud, so rabid, so loyal. I think we are all feeling a part of it. Just fantastic. Thanks to this current team for getting us all there together and all hail the L.A. Kings!