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Pat McMahon

Just a couple of pet peeves biting away

You know how irritating it is to have one fly in the house, buzzing around your face no matter where you go?

That's what I call an annoyance. People who perpetually interrupt, that's a pet peeve, but since I wasn't among those who threw punches on Black Friday to let off steam, allow me to share stuff that really bugs me!

Why do I have to release my newspaper from bondage every morning before I can read it? The front page is partially covered with a folded ad covering a third of the content and some of the rest is inaccessible because some Republic employee has been assigned the job of affixing large promotional stickers over the headlines. Next, they'll be selling the obit page to a cryogenics laboratory.

Why do beautiful young people have to cover their extremities with tattoos? I don't mean a small butterfly discreetly placed. I'm talking about the Battle of Midway as a body mural. Bad permanent art, that's painful. That's marketing!

And do restaurants not understand that dinner music is supposed to be soft and soothing, not head bangers like Linkin Park? I'd prefer to be able to talk to my wife.

Hey! Thanks for listening. I feel better already.

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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