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Former Mayor Alan Autry Back on Local Radio with Weekly Show
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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February 4, 2021

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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
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Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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