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Pat McMahon


I liked Jay Leno. (Come on, is there anyone who honestly disliked Jay Leno?) But I loved Johnny Carson! If I had lived closer to his house, I could have been a stalker.

And I'm also a fan of Jimmy Fallon. So much so, that it will be personally pleasing to me if he's successful as the new host of "The Tonight Show," and I'll be sad if he fails.

I'm not about to do an official review of this first week; I don't write a television column. I'm a viewer, like you, and it's unfair to judge anyone's efforts too soon. "M*A*S*H" started out badly and Dick Van Dyke was almost cancelled. But since "The Tonight Show" is an American institution, let's at least take a look at some of the highs and lows of this new era of watching TV.

The set and the studio are spectacular. The Roots, Fallon's house band, is perfect to move the show musically into the 21st century. The music moment, however, belonged to U2 on top of Rockefeller Center, playing with the Rutgers Drumline against the Manhattan skyline. Surprise drop-ins by superstars keep everybody's interest.

But while Fallon dances and sings and does comedy, I hope all his interviews aren't going to continue to be love fests. I just don't want to spend my late nights in bed with Katie Couric.

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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