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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 11, 2014 - 6:41 am

School safety

For some it's already happened. For most it happens Monday. And the cheering you hear echoing around every Arizona neighborhood is coming from moms and dads who truly love their children, but also love getting them out of the house for an education after a long, long summer.

Yes, there are a few tears shed especially for parents experiencing the first day of school for the first time, but it is kind of nice to get part of your life back, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week. And yes, this could be filled with suggestions gleaned from lines of all those folks who have done it many times over -- things like attending as many of your children's events as is humanly possible, checking on homework, making sure the school bus has an anti-bullying program and being prepared to make four dozen cupcakes with 20 minutes notice.

But the most valuable reminder I can think of came out of Sunday morning's Arizona Republic. If there are school zone signs in the street slow down to 15 miles per hour and don't pass ever!

That way all the children can be there for the entire school year.

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 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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