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Former Fresno Mayor Alan Autry is back on the airwaves.

Listeners can hear Autry on his weekly show, every Wednesday from 12-1 p.m. on KXEX (1550 AM).

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“In this polarizing political climate, someone with Alan’s experience could bridge the political divide and allow both sides to see common ground,” station program director and drive-time host Guillermo Moreno said in a news release.

Autry served as mayor of Fresno from 2001-2009. He is a well-known actor — his most famous role was portraying Bubba on the TV version of “In the Heat of the Night.”

He has remained active both on the acting and political fronts since he left City Hall.

It is also a return to the radio for Autry, who hosted a daily show on KYNO radio from 2008-2011.


Also in Politics 101: 

  • Did Fresno State miss the bulldog joke on Twitter?
  • Newsom can fill two Fresno County judge vacancies.

Fresno State Not Amused at Fresno Tea Bulldog Parody

No, Victor E. Bulldog III is not running for Congress.

Even though parody Twitter account The Fresno Tea created an image of Victor E.’s impending run, the mascot’s Twitter account wasn’t amused.

The bulldog account — run by the Alumni Association — told The Fresno Tea through a direct message that use of Victor E.’s image was a violation of Fresno State’s trademark.

However, the law does allow use of trademarked images for parody purposes.

“While the tweet by a parody account may be covered by the trademark usage exception,  Victor E. Bulldog is mascot for all Valley residents, regardless of political party and as such, shouldn’t be politicized,” university spokeswoman Lisa Boyles Bell said.

While Victor E. meets the age requirement (in dog years), Article I of the Constitution does not specify if one has to be human to run.

Judicial Vacancies in Fresno

Gov. Gavin Newsom will have at least three judicial vacancies to fill at the Fresno County Superior Court.

Donald Black retired in 2019; Kent Hamlin left the bench last July. Jane Cardoza also retired. She was re-elected to her fifth term in 2020.

A Fresno County Superior Court spokeswoman would not confirm other vacancies without a written request sent only by postal mail.

The governor now has the option to fill the seats through appointments or let the seats remain vacant until the expiration of their previous holders’ terms. Hamlin’s seat would be up again in the 2022 election; 2024 for Black’s seat; and 2026 for Cardoza.

Aiding the governor in his decisions will be his new Judicial Appointment Secretary Luis Cespedes and the regional Judicial Selection Advisory Committee — consisting of judges and other legal professionals.

Black is now working as an arbitrator. Hamlin returned to private legal practice.

Kent Hamlin

Jane Cardoza

Donald Black

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email