|In this photo provided by Desiree Cotton Photography, the Kidd Kraddick |
in the morning team posed for a photo Saturday in New Orleans.
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning was born as a local radio program, and has survived through numerous cast changes. The two longest-running cast members are Kellie Rasberry and Big Al Mack. The show is nationally syndicated in more than 75 markets and the American Forces Radio Network.
In 1991, Kraddick founded the 501(c)3 charity, The Kraddick Foundation, which is dedicated to helping impact the lives of children who have terminal or chronic illnesses or are accident victims. It consists of "Kidd's Kids," which takes a planeload of these children (age 5-11) and their families to Walt Disney World for 5 days every November. In 2010, the charity grew to include "The Glamour Squad" which visits hospitals around the country and provides a day of pampering inside the hospital for teenage girls. Listeners of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show donate money one day a year on "Kidd's Kids Day" to help fund these projects.
In the hours after his death was made public, KISS FM halted scheduled programming and let listeners call in to share their favorite memories of Kraddick. At 11:03 PM Saturday evening, this official statement was posted on the Kidd Kraddick Facebook Fan Page:
Heartbroken fans began to flood the social streams with their disbelief and grief for this sudden loss. Among the mourners were many of music and entertainment's biggest stars. Here are a few of their posts:
Like many of you, I have spent the last twenty years waking up with Kidd Kraddick in the Mornings. I am devastated and heartbroken, not only for his family but for our family - the Dallas-area community who has lost one of its best citizens.
* cause of death reported by Dallas Morning News