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.
Summertime musings:........I'm enjoying the Olympics although I think NBC's decision-making in its prime-time programming leaves a lot to be desired. How NBC came to the decision to just delay THE glamour event of the Olympics, the 100 meter finals until most of the country was asleep boggles the mind. That was unforgiveable. What I do like about NBC's coverage is the feature broadcasting of Mary Carillo. she has been superb.My favorite athletes so far have been swimmer Missy Franklin and 400 meter champion Sanya Richards Ross, with personalities to light up any room. The "WOW" moment though, was, what else, Usain Bolt'selectrifying 100.......I think the Dodgers can do it, win the National League West, that is. I loved their moves before the trading deadline. Those trades proved to the fans that they intend to win and win now. However, we should all settle in for a season long fight for the division title between the Dodgers and Giants. The Giants improved too, and I think the outcome will be in doubt until the final week.......Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band completed an unbelievable European tour with an all-time record 4 hour 7 minute concert. He has now added more dates in the United States to include four West Coast dates to end the tour, Portland, Oakland, Anaheim and Glendale, Arizona. I'll find a way to get to one of two of those.....Glad to hear one of my favorite bands, "The Killers" has re-united and embarked on a long European tour to promote their new album. I assume they'll tour here in America once they are done in Europe.......I think the presidential campaign sucks. Too much Super Pac money, too much hate, too many negative ads, too much spin, very little substance. Right now, in reading the electoral map and projecting ahead, I see it very close in popular vote, but President Obama getting in the neighborhood of 280-300 electoral college votes to win the election.