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Pat McMahon

Updated Sep 16, 2013 - 7:09 am

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This image released by ABC shows, standing from left, NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, comic Bill Engvall, TV personality Jack Osbourne, actor Corbin Bleu, Bill Nye, the "Science Guy," actor Brant Daugherty, and seated from left, TV personality Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, actress Valerie Harper, singer-actress Christina Milian, actress Elizabeth Berkley and actress Amber Riley on "Good Morning America," Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 in New York. These 11 celebrities, along with actress Leah Remini, will be the next celebrity contestants on the dance competition series "Dancing with the Stars," premiering Sept. 16. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute)

It's Monday night in America.

There's a great football matchup on television between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. HBO has a couple of Oscar-winning movies showing. But you know what I'm going to be watching? The season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars." And let me join you in asking, "Why?"

I ask myself that every year. This season it's an even bigger curiosity. Among the entertainment giants who will be shaking their booties are singer Christina Milian, Amber Riley from "Glee," and Disney's Corbin Bleu. Corbin Bleu? That's a cooking school, not a dancer. There also added glamor this year with New Jersey's other disaster, Snooki. And what's the story with Valerie Harper battling brain cancer and Jack Osbourne, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Can't they just be inspiring without being asked to dance for us? Doesn't that seem a trifle exploitative?

We've seen Elizabeth Berkley's talents in both "Saved by the Bell" and the adults-only "Showgirls." I can't make this up. One of the dancing stars is Bill Nye the Science Guy. Just create your own punch line on that one.

The judges will all be there: the cranky, old Brit, the beautiful, but aging dancer and the melodramatic, stereotypical choreographer. Ridiculous!

And I'll watch every week. But why?

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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