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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Radio's Kidd Kraddick has died

Houston radio remembers Kidd Kraddick, the "radio genius"

UPDATE 7/29/2013
- David 'Kidd' Kraddick died from cardiac disease, La. coroner says

Sad news to report in the Dallas and national radio world. WFAA is reporting that Kidd Kraddick, 53, is dead:

Kidd Kraddick
Kidd Kraddick
Multiple sources have confirmed to WFAA that radio and TV personality Kidd Kraddick has died.

He passed away in New Orleans Saturday at a fundraising event for his Kidd's Kids charity organization. Local law enforcement confirmed that Kraddick was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center in New Orleans on Saturday.

A staple of North Texas radio since 1984, he broadcast his nationally syndicated "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" radio show from a studio at Las Colinas. It aired locally on KISS-FM 106.1.

Kraddick's syndicated radio show aired in Houston on Mix 96.5 KHMX from June 2011 to November 2012. The show replaced Maria Todd who had actually worked briefly on Kraddick's show.

UPDATE 7/30/2013
"I was literally stunned by Kidd's death," Todd told "He was one of the most kind and generous people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I was fortunate enough to work on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning for six weeks in 2006 while Kellie Rasberry was on maternity leave. I got to participate in the annual Kidd's Kids trip and it changed my life. He took me in when the station I called home for 13-years let me go. He restored my confidence in myself and my professional abilities and I was proud that by the end we came to be friends. When he came to Houston I welcomed him. I pray that his family (personal and professional) may find comfort at this difficult time. He was a shining example of the power of the radio to affect people's lives for the better. I miss him but cherish the fact I got a chance to know him."

Others in Houston also say Kidd was very generous.

Eric Rowe, Executive Producer of The Roula and Ryan Show says Kraddick was a radio genius.

"He was a legend, an original, an Icon, a mentor, and a friend," Rowe told "I was lucky enough to have known him for over 13 years. When our show was fired from Mix 96.5 back in 2005. Within 40 minutes of the news being released he called me. He wanted to make sure I was ok. He gave me a pep talk saying I was a talented person who will have no problem landing on my feet. That call meant the world to me.

"Then a month later he put me up in Dallas in an awesome apartment and paid me to be a consultant on the show for as long as I wanted to keep working for him. I will never forget what he did for me. There will never be another morning personality like Kidd. God bless you Kidd."

"It's a sad day when a parent leaves this earth too soon," Roula Christie of the The Roula and Ryan Show on 104.1 KRBE, which competed against Kraddick's show in Houston, told "My heart goes out to his daughter."

You could still watch Kraddick and crew on Fox 26 KRIV and around the country each night on Dish Nation.

According to Wikipedia, Kraddick's real name was David Peter Cradick and was originally from Napoleon, Ohio.


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