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Pat McMahon

What's it like to be black in a white city?

Americans are often uncomfortable with the unfamiliar. Traveling outside the United States for many, creates insecurities because of language, customs and sometimes because of the first time experience of being a minority. But those differences surround us every day in our own country.

Most of our citizens are at ease with the combination of the American culture mixed with their ethnic origins. But Phoenix is a uniquely Caucasian community. As settlers moved west, people of color were often left behind in the east and the cities of the middle west. That separation geographically and racially now offers the opportunity to answer the question, "What's it like being black in a white city?"

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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