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Pat McMahon

Updated Dec 18, 2013 - 6:58 am

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This photo provided by NBC shows Stephen Moyer, left, as Captain Von Trapp and Carrie Underwood as Maria, in "The Sound of Music Live!" This holiday production had splendid production values and supporting players, a beloved story, incomparable Rodgers and Hammerstein score. It was a fine way to spend three hours, even for viewers busily posting snarky tweets. It made history _ the first such full-scale musical staged live by a network in more than a half-century. (AP Photo/NBC, Will Hart)

In the beginning, there was empty was NBC network television.

So on the first day, God created "The Sound of Music Live," and it was good. In fact, it was very good: More than 18 million people watched.

And on the second day, God said, "Run it again. It's a nice story about a good family." And that was good too, adding millions more viewers to an experiment that may have changed television.

How risky -- presenting programs that make people feel good. Isn't that a real gamble in the days of meth dealing on "Breaking Bad" and the obligatory maggot-covered cadavers to open shows like "Bones" and "CSI"?

Don't get me wrong. Those are well-written dramas that use graphic violence as a plot element. So does "Macbeth." But clearly, America will respond to family entertainment and not just ones that smell of edelweiss.

NBC meanwhile responds to its KO of the competition last week by announcing the emergence of a new heavyweight, a follow-up to its massive miniseries "The Bible" that had an average of 13 million viewers earlier this year.

Imagine enriching, inspiring stories on TV. Now, these are a few of my favorite things.

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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