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Pat McMahon

Updated Jun 3, 2013 - 5:40 am

Magic with munchies

Now that the triple-digit temperatures are officially here, I'd like to address all who have been blinded by the sun. I make the assumption that it must be some kind of vision impairment that would allow so many world-class whiners to repeat the same old litany: "There's nothing to do here in the summertime."

Hey, try this…open your eyes! Look at the paper.

Last week, Taylor Swift sold out two huge arena shows, immediately followed by a jam-packed concert by Fleetwood Mac. Well, there goes 3 days of nothing to do. And many of those same no-brainer complainers perpetuate that meaningless myth that there's just no culture in Phoenix. Horse puckey!

Besides the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Ballet and countless arts venues, there are places to go and things to see everywhere. East coast snobs always gauge success with regular folks by asking, "Will it play in Peoria?"

Well, in Peoria, Arizona -- that is -- the other night I saw a production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" at the Arizona Broadway Theater. It was professional theater at its best. And they served a gourmet dinner. So now, try again. What do you want to do tonight?

I'm Pat McMahon.

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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