POSTED: Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 8:05pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 10:10pm
Tyler, Texas — On Saturday July 27, syndicated radio host Kidd Kraddick died at age 53. Kraddick first started working in Florida, Utah, and California, but it was not until he moved to Dallas in 1984 that his career took off.
After working at "The Eagle" Kraddick was hired in the early nineties for a morning position at 106.1 Kiss FM in Dallas. It was there that he started the well-known "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show". The show was eventually syndicated in almost one hundred cities in the United States.
Kraddick's show gained a huge following through creating classic skits such as "Curious Johnny" and the "Teacher Test". But the project closest to Kraddick's heart was his charity aimed at helping terminally ill children, "Kidd's Kids". Each year Kraddick would take a group of fifty kids who have a chronic or terminal illness to Walt Disney World.
Over the years Kraddick not only left a huge impact on the radio industry, he also created a bond with his listeners. When KETK spoke with fans of Kraddick, many compared him to part of their family.