By Rich Marotta
It is with mixed feelings that I bring the curtain down on “Rich Marotta’s Neutral Corner” after more than 11 years on the air. The show airs on AM570, KLAC in Los Angeles on Sunday mornings from 8-9AM. The final edition of “Neutral Corner” will air this Sunday, February 14. Recently, I became color commentator on the “Top Rank Live” boxing series on FOX Sports Net. It is a tremendously exciting opportunity for me to be part of a regular boxing series once again, and to be re-united with my longtime broadcast partner Barry Tompkins. We are doing three shows a month, 36 a year, all over the United States and Mexico. Due to the travel load, I would not be able to properly conduct the radio show each Sunday, that is, on a LIVE basis. I have too much respect for the show and the sport of boxing, than to just tape the broadcast early 36 times a year, and not be able to talk live on Sunday mornings about the big fights that occurred the night before. So I have decided to call an end to “Rich Marotta’s Neutral Corner.”
The program has been a source of great pride to me, and a show I feel has done a great service to boxing, and it’s fans. For several years, it has been the only radio show on the broadcast airwaves in Southern California devoted entirely to boxing.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to my longtime producer James Wimberly who has booked the guests, arranged the shows, and taken the listener calls since the show’s inception. James is a great talent who not only knows boxing, but developed unique relationships with those in the boxing business, especially the fighters themselves. I also want to thank executive producer Ed Sheftel who tirelessly worked at promoting and selling the show. A big thank you goes to AM570, KLAC General Manager Don Martin who promised me several years ago that the station would have a boxing show on the air as long as I wanted to do it. He always lived up to that promise.
In addition to doing the “Top Rank Live” telecasts, I will continue on as Sports Director of KFI, AM640, in Los Angeles where I do seven sportscasts each morning, Monday through Friday on the Bill Handel Show. Thanks to all of you who have been so helpful on the show.