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Pat McMahon

Updated Jul 14, 2014 - 11:57 am

What's it like to lose a child to suicide?

What's it like to have a son so popular, so consistently happy that his friends called him Sunshine? What's it like to have a son who successfully divided his time being a baseball star and a good student?

And what's it like, as the mother of that son, to find, one morning, he shot himself to death. To most, suicide is an incomprehensible act. Teen suicide is even more a mystery.

But a remarkable number of adolescents know someone who has considered it or considered it themselves. The youngest known suicide victim in Arizona was 7. That's why you need to meet this mom.

About the Author

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 talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted 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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