Kidd Kraddick died July 27 of last year, but his spirit has remained alive in DFW radio with the Las Colinas-based, nationally syndicated Kidd Kraddick in the Morningstill going strong on KHKS/106.1 FM “KISS-FM” and with his Kidd’s Kids charity continuing his legacy.
Now, in a way, it’s coming to KISS’ sister station, KDMX/102.9 FM “Now.”
The syndicated Bert Show, featuring former Kraddick sidekick Bert Weiss, will debut Jan. 21 -- next Tuesday -- on “Now.” RadioInsight broke the news, but the show announcement is already on the Now website.
KISS and Now are both owned by Clear Channel, which made another big morning move this month by moving Chris Jagger out of the Now morning-show slot and reviving his “Jagger Mafia” on KDGE/102.1 FM “The Edge”, also a Clear Channel station.
Based in Atlanta, The Bert Show is distributed by Kraddick’s YEA Networks. Weiss worked with Kraddick and current KKITM cast members Kellie Rasberry and Big Al Mack in the ’90s at KISS, and has appeared frequently on KKITM since Kraddick’s death.
The Bert Show also features Jeff Dauler and Kristin Klingshirn. This excerpt from the description of The Bert Show on the YEA Networks website will sound familiar to KKITM fans:
“Listeners get intimate details of the cast members’ lives, mixed in with lifestyle advice, entertainment news, celebrity guests laughs – and today’s hottest music -- that all works to keep listeners coming back for more…and all unscripted and uninhibited!”
Queries are out to YEA Networks for more info, and to Dallas Clear Channel management to see how this affects current Now morning-show personality Tara Ward. UPDATE: Ward will remain a morning presence, providing DFW traffic, weather and entertainment updates.
Kraddick, whose real name was David Cradick, died at age 53 of coronary disease, but a recent D Magazine cover story -- a must-read for any Kraddick fan -- revealed that he had health problems he didn’t tell anyone but his very closest friends.