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Pat's Personal Portraits: Tourism in Arizona

The worst year for Arizona tourism was 2009, according to Kristen Jarnagin, VP of Communications at the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association. However, since then each year the tourism rate grows a little more, even in the hot summers.

I spoke to Jarnagin about the biggest attraction in Arizona, the Grand Canyon (can you believe that in Seattle, people think the Grand Canyon is in Colorado? I mean we're the Grand Canyon State!) and the competitiveness of promoting our state, and how resorts in the Valley are actually really busy on the offseason.

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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 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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