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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.
I totally love the Jeremy Lin story. I have completely bought into the fun of it! Jeremy Lin, who no one had even heard of three weeks ago is suddenly the biggest name on the sports scene. Its just about the best rags-to-riches story since Rocky Balboa, and that was fake! This is real! He seems like such a great genuine kid, that I began rooting for him as I soon as I heard New York was going bonkers over an unheard of, undrafted player, and a Harvard grad at that. To become the first Asian-American to star in the NBA didn't hurt either. Although many have tried to compare the fuss made over Lin to that of Tim Tebow, its a completely different scenario. Tebow was courted by the likes of football factories like Florida and Alabama. He won the Heisman Trophy, and was a first round draft pick. No one wanted to offer Lin a scholarship out of high school, so he went to Harvard and played there while majoring in economics. No one wanted to draft him out of Harvard, so he went to the NBA as an undrafted free agent, and was cut by two teams before ending up with the Knicks, where he sat on the bench. It is my understanding Lin may have been only a few days away from being cut again, but then a desperate Coach Mike D'Antoni gave him a chance, and the rest is history. This kid is legit. He can play and he can continue on as a starter. To me, "Linsanity" compares much more to "Fernando-mania" that we experienced here in L.A. way back in 1982 than to Tebow-mania. Fernando too was an unknown. He was an immediate sensation as soon as he got a chance to start, and yes, like Lin, had an ethnic hook to him as well. I've often said that the time of Fernando-mania was about the happiest, most, fun-filled thing we've ever experienced in L.A. sports. They could use a little happiness in New York. That's why I am totally pulling for Jeremy Lin to keep it going. Linsanity forever!! (or at least a few more weeks)