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.
The long-awaited Bruce Springsteen concert tour has been announced and tickets have already gone on sale for those venues in the East. Unfortunately there is only one Southern California stop. It is in April at the L.A. Sports Arena. That's right, not at Staples Center, Honda Center or The Forum. Bruce likes the Sports Arena and has gone there quite often in his recent tours rather than the bigger venues. I remember back to 1999. Bruce actually was the first act ever at Staples Center. I was there. He and the band came out and did a few songs before finally saying hi. However, when he made those opening remarks, and I'll never forget this, he looked around the vast expanse at Staples Center and said, "Too many skyboxes", referring to all those luxury boxes. Then he actually started cajoling the people to come out of the boxes and sit in the seats in front, that it was a rock and roll concert, not an event to sit in a suite and sip wine. So that was a clear indication of what he felt about Staples. Springsteen is only doing 19 shows before he heads to Europe for the summer, so I suspect he'll do a long tour this fall in America........I got tickets for Van Halen last week but not for the Los Angeles show, for Phoenix. I wanted to go to the L.A. concert but even though I was on Ticketmaster right at 10AM when tickets went on-sale, and clicked immediately, I kept getting the dreaded no tickets available message. It was a real pisser. The same thing happened to thousands of Springsteen fans last week when his tickets went on sale. There were a number of news jstories this week with Ticketmaster claiming ticket scalpers have found a way to overwhelm their computers, and claim most of the tickets......I am picking the New York Giants to beat the New Engand Patriots in Super Bowl 46. I'm gonna call it 30-20 for the Giants........I'm hoping the Republican presidential race goes all the way to the convention. That would be exciting, and something younger generations would be most unfamiliar with. I think the lat time a nomination was actually decided convention week was at the 1976 Republican convention when Gerald Ford got the lat few delegates necessary to barely edge Ronald Reagan for the nomination.....Man, the Clippers are exciting. What fun to watch. I continue to dream of a Clippers-Lakers showdown in the playoffs!