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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.
Got my tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band in Los Angeles. Naturally, I couldn't get a decent ticket from Ticketmaster, so I went through a broker and didn't get reamed too bad. Face value was $100 each, my seats costs between $200-$300 for seats just to the side of the stage in the loge. I've paid a lot more to see The Boss. Similar seats to mine are now going from $350-$550. I got tickets for both shows, Thurs-Fri, April 26-27 at the L.A. Sports Arena. Very happy. Springsteen concerts have given me some of the most exciting nights in my entire life. Hope he doesn't cancel on me at the last minute the way Tom Petty did when I traveled to Phoenix to see Petty and the Heartbreakers. Sure I got a ticket refund but that didn't do anything for me with my air and hotel. Yes, I've made plane and hotel reservations for Bruce......I really enjoyed the Super Bowl, especially because I picked and bet on both the Giants and the under. Plus I made my prediction on the air of Giants/under-54, which of course Handel will not mention since I was right, but would've been all over me if I was wrong......Now that the football season is over, I don't what I'm doing the next six months on the weekends........I'm approximately twenty books behind right now, but I just recently got two more, Chris Mathews' book on JFK, and Keith Richard's bio called "Life". Any of you out there read either one of those? I should get around to reading them in about 2015........If you want to see a great HBO Sports show, check out the six-part reality series "On Freddie Roach." HBO cameras followed Roach around for nearly a year, seeing how the greatest boxing trainer in the world, handles his life, which is complicated by Parkinson's disease. Freddie is one of my favorite people in the world, and one of the reasons is that he never lies. He always gives it to you straight. Speaking of Freddie, I believe, that at long last, his fighter Manny Pacquaio and arch-rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. will finally get together in the ring. I see it happening in November. Before then, Pacquaio has to beat undefeated Tom Bradley June 9. Mayweather must beat Miguel Cotto May 5,and then serve his jail term of three months. it will be the biggest fight since Ali-Frazier battled for 15 rounds at Madison Square Garden March 8, 1971.