Soon after he was he was a regular guest on WFMU, on Bill Burger’s ‘The Hip Bone,’ solving the problems of particularly twisted listeners of that particularly twisted show. In 1989, he became a regular on KTV, the children’s show on the fledging CNBC network. This stint lasted a year and a half. Prior to CNBC, he billed himself as the Rock ‘n’ Rock Psychiatrist, but CNBC’s lawyers changed it to ‘Therapist,’ perhaps to steer clear of a potential lawsuit from the American Psychiatric Association. Pretty weird, eh? That’s showbiz. In 1990, he moved upcountry to Woodstock where he has been heard frequently ever since on Conversations and the Round Table with Doug Grunther on WDST, Woodstock’s alternative rock station.
Paul McMahon performs as the Rock 'n' Roll Therapist on October, 18, 2023 at Monte3 Press Radio in New York City. Listen to the broadcast below.
Paul has performed the act live all over the US and Canada and in Europe since it popped into his head in 1980. In 1994 he was invited to Hamburg, Germany to participate in a New Age Seminar directed by popular author and psychic healer, Peter Voss.
Voss, who ran across the Rock ‘n’ Roll Therapist playing in a Cafe in Woodstock believed McMahon is channeling as he sings. McMahon is not sure exactly what that means, but there is no denying that there is a mysterious healing effect within the entertainment. Often just the willingness to air a problem in public where it is treated with lightness and a sense of fun may be enough the create a shift that allows the person to let go of it or vice versa. But sometimes the cures verge on the magical, like the case of a woman who needed a lot of money to visit a friend in Europe. Within a week, she won more than enough in a sweepstakes she had entered. McMahon doesn’t take credit for it, and the woman didn’t think his ‘cure’ had anything to do with it either, but who really knows?
From a musical family, Paul has been playing guitar and singing all of his life, which may account for some of his ease in instant songwriting. Not only was his father a pretty darn good folksinger, he was also a psychiatrist, which may account for McMahon’s more than passing interest in matters of the psyche. He has also dabbled in various alternative healing modalities, including aspects of Native American shamanism.
Children like the Rock’n’Roll Therapist because he is one of them most of the time. He sometimes performs at kids’ birthday parties, but not if they’re mean.
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For about a year and a half McMahon was a regular on KTV, a kids show on Sunday Mornings on fledgling CNBC 1989-90
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