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Pat McMahon

Updated Jul 25, 2014 - 6:30 am


This is about kids shows on TV, but have no concern that I'm going to continue to eulogize, my friend -- your friend, our friend -- "Wallace" in perpetuity.

He created one of the most popular local kids shows anywhere. PBS even selected the "Wallace and Ladmo Show" as one of the greatest of all time.

But this isn't about him or that show, as much as it's about the question, "Where did all those shows go?"

It wasn't that long ago when every town with a TV station had one. Cities had at least one on every channel, and now those local kids shows and their hosts are gone. And if my email is an honest indication, they are really missed.

Wherever you grew up, wasn't there a cowboy introducing the cartoons or a sea captain or a space guy? Sure, most of them were sappy, but there were gems scattered around: Detroit had Soupy Sales; Chicago had Garfield Goose and Bozo; and wherever Jim Henson had a Muppet, life was good. They're all gone now.

Too expensive!

Well, at least you can get an idea of what all the conversation has been about this week, when AZTV plays the "Wallace and Ladmo" 50th anniversary show Saturday night at 8 p.m. Then you'll understand why this whole state will miss Wallace for years to come.

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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