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Pat McMahon

May Day!

Mayday! Mayday!

No there's no emergency. Don't get your shorts wrinkled. I'm simply reminding you that Thursday is the first of May -- May Day.

To Catholics, it's a time of reverence for Mary, the blessed mother of Jesus. In the former Soviet Union, it was a military celebration with huge displays of armaments paraded through Red Square.

Of course that may have just been moved to Ukraine. But for Arizonans, May Day has a totally different significance. This is the time of year when residents of the valley begin glancing with wide-eyed terror at their thermometers -- waiting, knowing, helplessly anticipating.

It's the time of year when TV weather forecasters warn viewers the sun could kill and so could their steering wheels.

OK, 100-plus degrees is right around the corner. It will be hot for several months But considering what Oklahoma, Alabama and Georgia have been going through, I've got a great idea. Shut up!

I'm Pat McMahon.

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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 talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted 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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