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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.
So I just came off a week's vacation. In the past few years, I've taken lovely trips to Taiwan, Hawaii, the Oregon Coast and New York. This year I bought a lovely house and did a lovely remodel so there were no lovely bucks left for a lovely vacation.
Therefore, I was relegated to staying home for a week. Now this is good for getting much more sleep than usual, but otherwise, i had to do some stuff that would make it a decent vaca....sorry, staycation. First thing, book tickets to a minor league ballgame. Two cousins of mine flew in to share this extraordinary experience. We went to the game on $1 rib night. While I was able to control myself by purchasing four ribs, my cousins could not and bought 20 ribs. This, by the way, was after a full dinner. we also attended the All-American barbecue festival and this time, I was the one who could not control himself. I had tri-tip, pulled pork, chicken, brisket, and pork ribs. Needless to say, later that evening, Alka-Seltzer was needed to prevent a disastrous trip to the porcelain god. On the Friday night of the week, we went to see one of our favorite cover bands, "The Spazmatics". Goofy name yes, goofily outfitted as nerds, but those dudes get down. They can play just about every hit from the late 70's and 80's. the the day after it was another music festival and excuse for gorging, this one the Barbecue, Blues and Brews Festival at which we not only munched enthusiastically but listened to cover bands of Bon Jovi and Tom Petty, which were very good. Throw in a couple of casino visits and it made for a pretty great time, totally exhausted after a week. Who says you can't stay home??