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Pat McMahon

Updated Jan 31, 2013 - 12:48 pm

There's more to college than a degree

Did you graduate from college? Do you have a degree?

I don't. Oh, I have an honorary doctorate, but I didn't have to work for that one. I just had to give a speech, that's all.

I wanted to finish school because I really loved it, but after two years of studying about broadcasting, I was offered a surprisingly good job in radio. Now, I spend every day talking to brilliant people at the top of every field, yet I don't have a diploma.

Tuesday's news story on the subject suggested that there are too many of them. Everybody is graduating from college, but they're not all doctors or engineers. About 25 percent of the retail people behind the store counter where you shop are college graduates. That's true of 17 percent of bartenders and 15 percent of taxi drivers. According to the Center for College Affordability, most career fields these days don't require a college degree.

If you have one you'll probably make more money, but if you're going to school to get a job, it probably isn't worth the money.

Ah, but if you're getting an education to learn things you never knew, to enhance your life, to discover, contact the dean of admissions right now.

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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