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Pat McMahon

Updated Jun 10, 2013 - 9:42 am


You know what the best-kept Arizona secret is? Arizona!

I was reminded how ineffectual we have always been selling our state when I saw San Diego's big seduction section in Saturday's Arizona Republic. And San Diego is wisely selling its ocean breezes against our triple-digit temperatures…that's smart. But Arizona is a more attractive, more livable place than most cities, more days of the year than just summer.

Since that's obvious to virtually everyone, why don't we do a better job of telling people? Our state budget for tourism -- the No. 2 industry here -- was about $12 million a year. Compare that with Texas at $34 million, Illinois $48 million and Las Vegas, alone, at $65 million. The state legislative philosophy seems to have always been: You don't have to spend money to attract tourists to sunshine. Oh really? Then explain why Hawaii's tourism budget is around $70 million dollars.

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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