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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.
Well I am finally coming into the modern era. I decided I could no longer resist the Facebook/Twitter world. So I spent a long day with my son joey, who is a wizard at that stuff. Joey is in fact handling all the social media aspects of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame which I founded last year.
Check it out at nvbhof.com.
Anyway, I think I'm a pretty poor student of the modern technology but I am trying to get up to speed. I've issued a few tweets and thrown a couple of pictures on my Facebook page. I had a handful of Twitter followers when we mentioned on the Handel show that I had entered the Twitter world and within an hour about a hundred more people had followed me. Wild! Anyway if you are so inclined, you can follow me now on Twitter @boxingrich.
On Saturday, I stopped in at this small gem of a local market/deli called Tony's on
Later that day, it was on to the Dave Hull the Hullabalooer book signing in
My New Years Resolution this year was to cut back on live events for 2013. They cost and arm and a leg. So far I am off to a poor start in fulfilling that resolution. Itgs like Springsteen used to scream at his concerts: "I can't help myself! I'm just a prisoner of rock and roll!!"
Well. for me, its mostly rock, but it's the lure of the live event that gets to me. I just don't want to miss something. Here's what the next few months look like already:
February 2: The Who, in concert, performing "Quadreaphenia." As great as they are considered, I still think The Who are generally underrated. I place them in the Top-10 rock acts of all time February 8: Comedian Lewis Black. Definitely one of the angriest, funniest guys out there March 28-30: NCAA Western Regionals at
April 25: Bon Jovi. Still a top act, in fact maybe more popular than ever. The music is great, and these guys totally have the art of the LIVE concert down.
That takes me through the first four months. Hopefully,l I'll have some money left to get me through the rest of the year.