Kidd Kraddick of Dallas Radio Station 106.1 is dead.
Fox-4 News in Dallas reported Saturday night that Kraddick, who is a mainstay at KISS-FM, died.
âRIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed,â wrote Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, on Twitter.
The details regarding his death are still sketchy.
Kraddickâs show airs throughout the U.S. and can be seen on the Dish Nation TV show.
On Twitter, there was an outpouring of grief for Kraddick.
âJust saw that Kidd Kraddick died. Stunned. RIP Kidd. We had so much fun with him in Jan. Honored to have met him and spent time with him. ,â wrote the singing group Cimorelli.
âI grew up listening to Kidd Kraddick everyday on the way to school. Itâs gonna be different without him on the radio in the morning. RIP,â wrote another Twitter user.
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David âKiddâ Kraddick, the radio and TV personality whose locally based âKidd Kraddick in the Morningâ is heard on Dallasâ KISS-FM and stations across the nation, has died, sources said late Saturday.
âIt has been confirmed that Kidd Kraddick passed away today in New Orleans at a golf tournament organized to raise money for his beloved Kiddâs Kids charity,â KISS-FM owner Clear Channel said in a news release.
The statement was attributed to Kelly Kibler, Clear Channelâs Dallas manager, and was confirmed by a second source close to Kraddick.
âHe died doing what he loved, and his final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children that meant the world to him,â the statement read. âKidd devoted his life to making people smile every morning, and for 21 years, his foundation has been dedicated to bringing joy to thousands of chronically and terminally ill children,â the company said.
Kraddick has been a staple in the Dallas market since his late-night debut in 1984 on KEGL-FM (The Eagle). But his ascension to mainstay status began in 1992, when he moved to KHKS-FM (KISS-FM, 106.1) and began broadcasting his morning show, now known as âKidd Kraddick in the Morning.â
By 2001 the show was syndicated, and, according to his website, is heard in more than 100 cities.
The Marconi Award-winner's brand expanded even further in recent months when he and his morning crew were added to Dish Nation, a syndicated TV show.Social media exploded with activity after news of the death broke.
Kraddickâs Facebook page was filled with hundreds of condolences, and Twitter was active as well.
âRIP Kidd Kraddick. You were an amazing man and a friend. You are already missed,â Mark Cuban tweeted.
Gordon Keith wrote: âRIP Kidd Kraddick from the Musers. Unbelievable.â
And news anchor Gloria Campos of WFAA-TV (Channel 8) tweeted: âKidd Kraddick one of the good guys & a tremendous talent. Iâm stunned by the news of his passing. Thoughts & prayers to his family & fans.â
I am devastated. I grew up listening to him :-(
His daughter is only a few years younger than me. I can't imagine her pain right now. He was only 53. Poor Kellie (cohost) she and her daughter must be just about as devastated as Kidd's family.