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Updated Jul 14, 2014 - 11:49 am

What's it like to live in the wake of the Yarnell Fire?

Sometimes your news colleagues say your clothes smell like smoke. They will tease you when you return to the newsroom after covering a wildfire asking where your helmet is.

And if you're KTAR reporter Jim Cross, you smile because that controls the tears that are always so close when you vividly recall the tragedies like Yarnell. It seemed nearly impossible that with today's firefighting technology, we could have lost 19 of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on one fateful day.

I knew it happened and that I could believe it because Jim Cross reported it. What's it like having that kind of job? It means when it appears you have something in your eyes it's probably just because of the smoke on your clothes.

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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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