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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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I was saddened to hear of the death of the former Welterweight and Middleweight Champion of the World Carmen Basilio at the age of 85 in Rochester, New York.
The earliest recollection I have of the sport of boxing is from my early childhood. It was in 1957, I was just a little kid,and I was living in Hollywood, California. My dad was going out with a bunch of his buddies one night to a local theater to watch the live, closed-circuit telecast of the Carmen Basilio-Sugar Ray Robinson Middleweight Title fight.
My dad explained to me, "Now son. We are Italian and Carmen Basilio is Italian, so it's very important to us that he wins tonight. So you listen to the fight on the radio, and root very hard for the Italian, Carmen Basilio to win. Being a good, obedient son, I sat down in the kitchen that night, and while my dad was at the CC telecast, I listened to the blow-by-blow call of the Basilio-Robinson fight, all 15 exciting rounds of it, and was thrilled by it.
When the announcer was yelling "Basilio wins, Basilio wins!!", I was jumping up and down in the kitchen. It was my introduction to just how great boxing could be. In succeeding years when Basilio would fight on television, I would dutifully sit next to my dad and cheer for him.
Decades later, as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, I got to meet Carmen Basilio and he got a great kick out of it when I related that story to him.Basilio was not only fan-friendly in the ring but out of it. He would come to those dinners each year, tell stories to, take pictures with, and sign autographs for, the fans.
He was a great delight to be around. Now on the heels of losing other great old-timers Angelo Dundee, Burt Sugar and Emmanuel Steward, we send Carmen Basilio into history with them. I'm richer for having known all of them, and boxing was the better for having experienced them.