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Pat McMahon

Updated Jul 24, 2014 - 10:29 am

Ho ho, ha ha, goodbye

Bill Thompson as Wallace (left) on the "Wallace and Ladmo Show." (Screenshot)

Shortly after noon Wednesday my brother died. And so did a friend of yours and your mom and dad and probably your grandparents, too, if they've been in Arizona for a while.

Everybody who has lived here between 1954 and 1990 knew my brother, Bill Thompson. I never called him that, of course. From the very beginning, 1960 for me, it was always Wallace.

He and Ladmo were the first people I ever saw on Phoenix television. Right from the start I was captivated with these two guys on independent TV Channel 5.

They weren't local guys with cheap hand puppets. They were irreverently, brilliantly wonderful. And after a little while, I was invited to be one of them. They opened the comedy door wide for the rest of the family: Gerald, Captain Super, Aunt Maud, so many folks that I got to know over the 30 years -- 10,000 shows.

Ladmo's gone, Mike Condello, too, and now Wal boy. So I guess it's up to me to say one more time, "Nice to see you, glad you tuned in."

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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