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Pat McMahon


If anyone ever told Pat McMahon, “You simply can’t do it all” he wasn’t listening! Pat McMahon’s career at KTAR radio spans over 30 years as award-winning talk show host of such memorable shows as, “The Pat McMahon Show”, “The McMahon Group” and “The God Show”, now on the Star Worldwide Networks.

Pat McMahon’s kaleidoscopic life has always been full. As a child he traveled the world with his show business family, which proved excellent training for his multi-faceted career as an actor with legends like Orson Welles, John Huston and Dick Van Dyke, a producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster and one-third of the unforgettable comedy team that was the 35-year TV legend, “The Wallace and Ladmo Show” as well as Television Talk show Host for KAZ-TV where Pat hosts a stimulating live daily hour of compelling conversation with Arizona newsmakers.

Since 1972, Pat has also managed to find the time to head his own creative company, The Idea Factory.

Pat’s professional and personal contributions have been richly rewarded with seven Emmys, major national and international radio awards along with numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime Achievement Award, the only two-time Hall of Fame recipient of the Arizona Broadcasters Association, and his bronze likeness hangs alongside Hugh Downs and Leslie Nielsen in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications and the Arts. The local theater community named the McMahons, “the First Family of Arizona Entertainment,” and Phoenix Theatre recently honored him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Even with all that, Pat, no doubt, feels most comfortable simply being thought of as someone you continue to trust in Arizona broadcasting.