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Pat McMahon

Updated Feb 21, 2013 - 1:14 pm

Don't laugh: Snow in Phoenix is really a big deal

A week that will go down in history: an asteroid zooms by the earth, a meteor disintegrates over Russia, it snows on my car.

Hey! Forget about the meteor stuff. I'm talking about breaking news.

It snowed on a parking lot I was in at 2:40 p.m. in Phoenix on Feb. 20. A friend said look outside and it was snowing. There might have been a little sleet, but that's just hard snow.

I was just a couple blocks from Northern, but it wasn't that Northern. Why didn't the weather gods consider how close I was to Sunnyslope?

Look, if right now you're in Flagstaff, quit laughing. In Phoenix this is a big deal. People actually went to the front door of the building and took pictures of all our cars with their white roofs. Everybody was excited.

Well, everybody but this one woman standing in the back frowning with her arms folded. I said "I'll bet you never thought you'd see something like this in Phoenix." She responded curtly, "I'm from Michigan and I'm not impressed." Well, that's her opinion.

As for me, I have to go buy a shovel before it's too late.

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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