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 am enjoying not just a retro summer but a retro year of rock and roll. All the acts I've been enjoying are from decades past, some long past. That's with the exception blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa who is only 32, and who blew me away with an unbeleivable, amazing performance. My most recent concert though, was on a beautiful night in Lake Tahoe, an outdoor show under the stars behind Harvey's Hotel on South Shore. It was a double concert featuring Huey Lewis and the News, followed by Joe Cocker. Huey was huge in the 80's, Cocker stretches all the way back to the 60's. In fact I saw Joe Cocker in 1969 when he was a long-haired, curly, black-haired wildman with a frenetic stage presence including weird, herky-jerky motions and facial ticks. Anyway, the show was terrific. Both Lewis and Cocker seemed to be energized by the big, appreciative crowd on hand. Lewis sang all his hits and there were a lot of them. He played for a full 1:30. Then out came Cocker and he was incredible. The hair is gone, the body carries more weight, the crazy moves toned down a lot, but the voice remains. That unique, gravelly, gargle-with-razor blades voice which sets him apart is still there. He bounced on to the stage and just ripped into "Hitchcok Railway" and was unstoppable himself for the next hour and a half. "Feelin' All Right", "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window", "Unchain My Heart", "The Letter", "With a Little Help From My Friends", "Cry Me A River", and "Up Where We Belong". What a great night. If you get a chance, don't miss it.
This was just the latest though, having seen Bruce Springsteen, Peter Frampton, and believe it or not, Herman's Hermits this year.I even went to one of those Doo-Wop concerts you see on the PBS telethons. I actually got to hear The Tokens sing "Lion Sleeps Tonight" and the lead singer sings it in the same key he did 40 years ago. I must say however, I resisted, and did not go to see Frank Sinatra Jr even though we were offered free tickets. The only concert on my list that was a definite disappointment was Van Halen. Still on my list: Crosby, Stills and Nash on Sept 22, and yes, Springsteen again, December 4 in Anaheim. I would be a lot better off financially if I didn't spend all my disposable income on concerts.