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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.
And now its time for another edition of "What I Like and What I Don't":
I like rock concerts. I don't like terrible sound such as we got in the Flogging Molly concert recently at the Grove in Anaheim, normally a great place to go to a show. I don't know who mixed that show, but the bass was so loud and the drums so amplified that we couldn't even hear the singing of Dave King. Everybody was complaining. I've seen four Flogging Molly concerts, one in a showroom at Lake Tahoe, one outdoors at The Greek Theatre, and one in a small club, The Knitting Factory in Reno. So, I know what a good Flogging Molly concert sounds like, and the one at The Grove was not it.
I like road trips and hotels. What I don't like are showers that have soft water, making it hard to actually rinse the soap off. In fact, it never feels like you have rinsed it off. For that matter, I don't like the showers that have the shower about five feet high, so those of us who are not Billy Barty's height have to crouch to rinse.
I like baseball. What I don't like are 6 weeks of spring training exhibition games.
I like a beautiful, soft snowfall. I don't like shoveling my driveway.
I like real girl rock and rollers like Chrissie Hynde, Steve Nicks, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett. I don't like overrated phony divas like Brittany Spears and Ashleigh Simpson. I especially don't like female artists who use the exact same formula as the others, in other words, the diva sings and dances in front with ten or fifteen other dancers behind her all doing the same steps. Soooo boring.
I like MSNBC. I don't like that MSNBC fired Pat Buchanan, whose politics I may detest, but could give me a differing point of view, and actually make me laugh too.
I like mini-skirts. I can't think of anything I don't like about mini-skirts.