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Pat McMahon


This is about the time, as schools are welcoming kids back, that families are not only trying to figure out how to afford a college education but the best way to guide their student into a field of study that will result in success and security.

Well according to Forbes, television isn't a bad career -- that is for some.

If you can convince your son to major in smug, speak with a British accent and invest in a wardrobe consisting exclusively of t-shirts, he could be the next Simon Cowell -- who came in at No. 1 on the top 10 list of T.V. personalities with an estimated income last year of $95 million.

But someone will have to tell Simon he's not alone at the top. Howard Stern also made $95 million. You know, that smug thing seems to be paying off. If, in fact, Glenn Beck is the new messiah, he's doing well at it with $90 million.

The only surprise was Oprah, who came in fourth with $77 million. Oprah's baby, Dr. Phil did well with $72 million, followed by Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump and finally someone not on social security, Ryan Seacrest. The next popular choice for success, Ellen DeGeneres, and finally at No. 10 -- my biggest surprise with a $47 million income -- Judge Judy.

Where was I? I never discuss money.

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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