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New man in town: Death row exoneree takes over 'Prison Show'

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After nearly a third of a century, broadcasting to a captive audience, Pacifica Radio's "Prison Show" has new hosts. And one of them knows what it's like to be wrongly accused.

Kathy Griffin and Anthony Graves are now manning the microphones during the show's Friday night time slot.

They read letters from inmates, discuss issues that are pertinent to prisoners and they even take calls from loved ones of the locked up.

Griffin served time for six felonies, including drugs and prostitution, here in Texas. When she does the show, she pictures a listener much like herself.

"I have to remember sitting on my bunk," she said, "and imagining somebody speaking directly to me in my heart and my spirit and my soul."

Griffin admits her guilt. But Anthony Graves' story is far different.

"I know what I'm bringing," Graves told FOX 26 News. "I bring them hope. I inspire them, because they know I was sitting on Death Row."

Graves spent more than 18 years in prison - including a dozen years on Death Row, during which he received two execution dates – for a crime he didn't commit. He was exonerated two years ago.

Longtime gay activist (and ex-con) Ray Hill started The Prison Show back in 1980. Now that he has handed over the reins, he jokes about Anthony Graves' suitability to host the show.

"You know, we've never had anyone in the building that wasn't guilty before."

As for Graves, he sees his time on Death Row as essential training for his new gig. The Prison Show airs on KPFT Radio, 90.1 FM here in Houston, Friday nights from 9-11pm.

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