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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.
Well, my year of retro-rock concerts has come to an end. I attended a terrific Crosby, Stills and Nash concert which proved two things: 1) They can still pack them in, and 2) They can still sing. This was actually my third trip to one of their shows in the last 6 years. Two of them were just Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the other was Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. This was the best. For some reason, these guys have become amazingly energized. They did a 2 1/2 hour concert with a 15-minute break and their harmonies were, as always, memorable. They started with the song Carry On, and then went on a fantastic journey through their catalogue. Of course, they can't do everything. Among the missing numbers were Ohio, Woodstock, and Marrakesh Express. They threw in a couple of Buffalo Springfield songs, and a couple of Stills solo numbers, including "Love the One Your With.". I wish Nash would have given us a song or two from his days with The Hollies. David Crosby's voice was strong, in fact stronger than Ive ever heard it. There was however one hilarious moment in his signature song "Almost Cut My Hair". Crosby drew a blank about 45 seconds into the song and sang the phrase: "I forgot the words" and sang that line right in tune. The two others immediately rescued him and he got back into it. Just a senior moment I guess. It blew my mind though that this was the second straight show I attended where the acts had performed at Woodstock! First Joe Cocker and now C.S.& N. So I have tickets for two more shows this year, both in December, Green Day, whom I've never seen live and Springsteen, whom I've seen 19 times. It's never enough.