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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."
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Jiggs McDonald admitted that he danced a bit of a jig.
"It was a slow one," the 73-year-old said from his summer home in
Rich Marotta watched from his home in
"I couldn't talk to her - I was getting choked up," he said. "Tears, a big lump in my throat. I said, 'I'm sorry, I gotta go.'"
Pete Weber had his own sob story.
He excused himself from a gathering of about 800 at the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association annual awards banquet in North Carolina, found a laptop computer in the hallway that they were about to auction off for charity, had someone there fire up the
He had to give himself a quiet moment in the restroom.
"At least I was intelligent enough to make sure had a good supply of Kimberly Clarke stock in my pocket so people wouldn't worry about what was wrong with me," he said.
They were three former Kings broadcasters on the other end of the media moment on Monday night, watching the team they once covered - endured may be more like it - finish off their first Stanley Cup championship at Staples Center.
Maybe McDonald, Marotta or Weber may not be part of today's Stanley Cup championship parade or celebration at Staples Center, but they, along with Bob Miller, Jim Fox, Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans, are just as entitled to the own royal satisfaction in seeing something completed that never happened during their time with the franchise.
McDonald, who would otherwise be known as Ken had he not been pinned with his nickname from owner Jack Kent Cooke, began his Hockey Hall of Fame career as the Kings' first play-by-play man in 1967. He stayed around for five seasons before going to do games for the Atlanta Flames and New York Islanders, retiring from fulltime work in 2004 but still doing fill-ins to prolong his career over six decades.
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