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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 26, 2013 - 12:15 pm


I just got back from Oregon on Sunday. How did I know I was in Oregon? Perhaps, because everywhere I went they reminded me.

In the airports and in the shopping areas, you see Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, Oregon wines, Oregon shirts from Pendleton, Oregon white water rafting on the Rogue River. They even have Oregon stores. That's what they're called because they sell only Oregon products. So why Oregon and not Arizona?

We may be the Grand Canyon State, but we do have a few more things to offer. Why aren't there Arizona stores? Sure, I know you can buy our college and professional team gear in a lot of places that are licensed to do that, like sporting goods stores and everywhere else with a t-shirt rack, but I'm talking about a shop at Sky Harbor and Scottsdale Fashion Square that would proudly market Arizona teams and Arizona cactus jellies and chardonnay from Sonoita or Clarkdale. They could even be trusted to sell genuine Native American craftwork.

Arizona stores featuring Arizona products. Why don't they exist? Perhaps because Arizona would have to learn to strut a little… like Oregon.

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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