When DFW.com profiled Kidd Kraddick in 2011, our chief visit to the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show came during Kidd’s Kids Day, which Kraddick called the show’s most important day of the year: The day when the show asks listeners to pledge money to the charity that provides chronically and terminally ill children with a November trip to Disney World.
"This is the one day I get to put on my big-boy pants and not be a fool," Kraddick told us. "Not to just get in there and try to make 'em laugh at all costs."
In the wake of Kraddick’s unexpected death Saturday at age 53, KHKS/106.1 FM “KISS-FM” -- Kraddick’s DFW radio home for more than 20 years -- YEA Networks, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and Southwest Airlines are honoring Friday as “Kidd Kraddick Kidd’s Kids Day.”
Listeners will be able to honor Kidd’s legacy on Friday by contributing to his charity, Kidd’s Kids, which was established in 1991 to make a difference in the lives of terminally and chronically ill children. There will be four ways to donate: Online at 1061kissfm.com; by texting KIDD to 52000 to automatically donate $10; via phone at 214-866-8106; or at any of the 20 Raising Cane’s in DFW.
According to a release, the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Allen, Flower Mound, Euless, Bedford, Grapevine, North Richland Hills, Addison, Coppell, Denton, Mansfield, Southlake, Plano, Frisco, Grand Prairie, McKinney, Carrollton, Weatherford, Richardson, Irving, Garland, and Mesquite have made official proclamations to designate Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, as Kidd Kraddick Kidd’s Kids Day.
Kraddick’s family is planning a public memorial service, with details to come during the next few days. Raising Cane’s is also sponsoring the Concert for Kidd’s Kids, featuring the Jonas Brothers, Jason Derulo, Andy Grammer, Cimorelli and Tim Halperin, on Aug. 15 at House of Blues Dallas.
To learn more about the Kraddick Foundation, visit www.kiddskids.com.
Tributes to Kraddick, whose real name was David Cradick, keep pouring in nearly a week after the death of the radio personality, who had been on the air in DFW since 1984 and who was syndicated in more than 75 markets. Chili’s, which has worked with Kraddick often in the past, has been donating 15 percent of its Thursday checks to Kidd’s Kids.
The RIP KIDD Kraddick Facebook page, launched shortly after Kraddick’s death, already has more than 260,000 “likes.” An online Keep the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show petition was approaching 50,000 signatures as of about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, only a couple of days after the petition launched.
Both the Facebook page and the petition were started by Fort Worth’s Alberto and Jessica Flores, whom DFW.com contributor Teresa Gubbins talked to for CultureMap Dallas. Teresa also notes that New Orleans’ B97 posted a memo on its website saying that Kellie Rasberry, Big Al Mack, Jose “J-Si” Chavez and Jenna Owens will return live to The Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show on Monday, Aug. 5.
“The show will, of course, be a little different...but it's going to be funny...it'll be about what's happening in the world...and yes, it will probably be emotional,” the post says. “Many people have asked if it will still be called Kidd Kraddick in the Morning. The answer is yes. Everyone gave this a lot of thought, but the bottom line is that Kidd put together this show and in every way, it is still a piece of him. It is still Kidd Kraddick in the Morning.”
A new T-shirt featuring Kraddick’s sign-off, “Keep Lookin’ Up, ‘Cuz That’s Where it All Is!” has been created, and all proceeds from T-shirt sales go to Kidd’s Kids.
KISS’ afternoon DJ Billy the Kidd -- who along with nighttime DJ Cruz did a great job honoring Kraddick under tough circumstances when they went on-air Saturday and Sunday to take calls after the news broke -- remembers Kraddick on the KISS website. The website also posted these memories from Steve Craig, who competed against and then worked with Kraddick in Fresno in the late ’70s and early ’80s (according to Craig, Kraddick broke Rapper’s Delight in California).
Gordon Keith of KTCK/1310 AM “The Ticket” wrote one of the best tributes to Kraddick for The Dallas Morning News. Kraddick’s death was even felt overseas, as an Australian radio website posted a tribute to Kraddick this week.