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Short Takes: Pat McMahon remembers his good friend 'Wallace'

Short Takes is a video feature where you get to ask any of our hosts or reporters about a topic in the news and they'll give you their take on it.

Bill "Wallace" Thompson, who created, produced and co-starred in the "Wallace and Ladmo Show," died this week. The children's program, which aired 10,000 shows over its 35-year run, was historic and beloved by generations of Arizonans. Pat McMahon played Gerald and a host of other characters on the show, and called Wallace a mentor.

Here is News/Talk 92.3 KTAR host Pat McMahon's take on what made Wallace and the "Wallace and Ladmo Show" so special:

A memorial for Thompson has been set for Monday, Aug. 11.

Fans of the show took to social media and emailing KTAR to express both their condolences and memories of Thompson. If you haven't yet, you can do the same on the KTAR Facebook page, or emailing

Editor's note: All emails received will be passed along to Pat McMahon so he can share them with Bill Thompson's family.

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Stacey hosts KTAR's entertainment reports weekday mornings on Arizona's Morning News. You can also hear her bright-hearted female perspective on the air as she "fills-in" on various talk shows on KTAR. She is the host of a weekly video feature on called, Short Takes, and writes a pop culture blog for the website as well. Stacey received a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern. She has been a Radio Host and TV Contributor in the Valley for more than a decade, and was named Best Voice on Radio by Phoenix Magazine. A multi-faceted host, Stacey describes herself as a news and entertainment junkie and someone who is passionate about pop culture. As the co-host of annual Radiothons, Stacey has helped to raise millions of dollars for Phoenix Children's Hospital. When she's not on-the-air, Stacey loves to hike, travel and spend time with her husband, Todd, and toy poodle, Skyler.


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