David “Kidd” Kraddick, Texas-based radio and TV personality, dies at 53

| July 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kidd Kraddick dies

Kidd Kraddick in the Morning is an American morning radio show that until July 26, 2013, was hosted by the late Kidd Kraddick on more than 75 radio stations. The show’s primary focus is pop culture commentary, with discussions often revolving around the previous night’s reality television programming, celebrity relationships, and current affairs. The show also streams live on Ustream at KiddTV.com. The morning show is syndicated by YEA Networks and distributed by Cumulus Media Networks. The show is hosted in the Canal Side Lounge in Las Colinas, Texas. The morning show was to be available in an on-demand service on Pandora Radio starting September 1, 2013..

For years I wondered what the hype was regarding morning talk shows. I found them boring, irrelevant and a waste of time before my work day started. The problem was avoiding them. Every morning there was less music and more talk. About a year ago I started a job that required being up super early and I was too lazy to charge my ipod every night. Through default I started listening to the radio. I couldn’t pick up NPR and had limited choices. I turned to a local station and heard a unique voice discussing taking terminally ill children on an annual trip to Disney World (later I found out the program was entitled Kidd’s Kids.) I’m sure other talk shows participate in charity work, but this conversation caught my attention and I’ve been listening to Kidd Kraddick In the Morning since.

Many of you are probably wondering what makes Kidd Kraddick so different? I have often wondered this myself. Personally, the radio personalities have created unique relationships with their listeners. They discuss their personal lives in great detail, talk about their children, and how they handle hard issues in life. If you join your favorite personalities on facebook or twitter you’ll get updates on their everyday lives. If that’s not enough, you can actually watch their show live on KiddTV!

The radio personalities that are currently working with Kidd Kraddick definitely make the show. Of course Kidd Kraddick plays a pivotal role in the program, but there are five other personalities that work daily and provide a hilarious morning show that will surely make your morning bearable.

David Peter Cradick (August 22, 1959 – July 27, 2013) was an American radio host and television personality, known as “Kidd Kraddick”. His nationally-syndicated morning radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, was based in Irving, Texas, and aired throughout the U.S., syndicated by Kraddick’s company, YEA Networks. He was also seen on the nationally-syndicated Dish Nation television show weeknights around the United States.

Hot 97.3 syndicates numerous radio shows. “Kidd Kraddick in the Mornings” is the stations flagship syndicated show. On the weekends they also syndicate “Rick Dees Weekly Top 40″, “Hollywood Hamilton Weekend Top 30″, and “The Hollywood 5″.

Finally in 2006, KFMK revamped the playlist and dropped the 60s and 70s music altogether and instead played more music from the 1980s to present, more along the lines of a Rhythmic Adult Contemporary. This was done to accommodate the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show that aired on KFMK. On October 13, 2006, the station re-branded as “The New Jammin’ 105-9″ and dropped all on-air personalities, except for Kidd Kraddick in the Morning. Part of the rebranding included former tweaking of the format to one inspired by the “MOViN’ format created by Alan Burns & Associates.

At noon on August 29, 2008, the station brought back the rhythmic-leaning hit music format to the Nashville airwaves, launching with Nelly’s “Party People”. Kidd Kraddick’s syndicated program “Kidd Kraddick In The Morning” was featured in AM drive until, only to be dropped from the lineup in March 2011. The station changed its call letters to WPRT to match the “Party” handle.

On September 15, 2009, at 5 a.m., after playing Jammin’s last song “Dance and Shout” by Shaggy, the station stunted for four hours playing rock using “The Planet” moniker (formerly used during its sign on in 1998), but also aired music of other genres, as well as airing “change” soundbites. At 9 a.m., the station officially flipped formats to a hip hop-leaning Rhythmic Contemporary station branded as “105-9 The Beat”. The station dropped Kidd Kraddick’s morning show, but kept airing Ryan Seacrest, most likely due to a contract issue (this ended on May 19, 2010). This was the fourth incarnation for “The Beat”, as the branding originated on KQBT/KXBT (now KLQB) in 1998, before moving to KXBT (now KTXX) in 200(It was relaunched under Clear Channel’s trademarked banner only a year after KXBT dropped it.)

On September 20, 2012, WKZY Studios has announced that they will have a new format changing what is “More Hit Music” to Contemporary Christian as Pulse101.The manager also announced that “Kidd Kraddick in The Morning” will be not broadcasting to 106.9 KZY anymore.

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