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Pat McMahon

Updated Aug 12, 2014 - 8:19 am

Goodbye party

Hey, Wal boy! Did you hear about the big celebration they threw for you Monday night at one of your favorite places, the Cine Capri?

Hundreds and hundreds of people showed up and your friends got up and said really nice things about you. It was everything you'd hate -- sentimentality, tears, hugging -- but this time there wasn't anything you could do about it.

Oh, you would have liked the laughs and there were plenty of those. In fact, privately, I know you would have loved it all, but I promise not to say anything.

Have you seen Ladmo? Do they let him wear the hat? See, I don't even know who "they" are. You were never sure if there was a place you'd go, but I checked with a medium friend of mine and from what she tells me, you landed in a pretty nice spot.

She said Jim Henson is a neighbor and he has all his Muppets for the kids to play with. Jay Ward of "Rocky & Bullwinkle" fame is down the street. And Chuck Jones, we loved his Bugs and Daffy cartoons, didn't we? Look, if the folks there get down because of some of the things happening down here, just do the song for them: you know, ho ho ha ha hee hee ha ha.

Stay in touch, Wallace, remember, I'm the new guy.

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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