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Pat McMahon

Unwelcome mat

Hey, State Legislature! Now that you're back in session and expected to accomplish something, how about taking down the signs that tell visitors to just keep driving north to Nevada, the Home of the Grand Canyon?

Why are announcements made at Sky Harbor for arriving passengers to book flights to Florida and California, where there are oceans and beaches, instead of desert?

And Arizona just seems to go along with the idea that everything is bigger and better in Texas.

These things might as well be happening, because those states are kicking us in the wallet everyday. California and Texas spend a combined $100 million a year to attract tourists. Florida spends $75 million and Las Vegas alone spends a seductive $100 million annually to prove "What Stays in Vegas."

How does Arizona compete? How much do we spend to show off our unparalleled beauty and adventure and attractions?

An embarrassing $7 million dollars, even though every tourism promotion dollar spent here returns $8 -- an 8-to-1 investment benefit.

And if our leaders think our sunshine sells itself, Hawaii's budget is 10 times that of Arizona's.

What's wrong with these numbers?

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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