7.30.2013

Keep Looking Up 'Cause That's Where It All Is!

In my 26 years on this earth, I can remember the passing of many celebrities. It's always sad when you hear of a death, no matter who it is. However, I never really let it "bother" me, so to speak. It was sad, I prayed for their family, but I never really dwelled on it. (I don't mean to sound insensitive, but it's the truth.)

Saturday night, as we were driving from my birthday dinner (post to come) to meet up with friends at a local bar, I was scrolling through my twitter feed, when I saw that Mark Cuban had tweeted "RIP Kidd Kraddick"

I immediately got upset, and started googling reputable news sites, hoping and praying that it was just a hoax or an awful prank. Sadly, it was not. It was the truth.

If you don't live in the DFW metroplex, or in Texas, or any city that syndicates KKITM radio show, then you may not know who I'm speaking of, and you're seriously missing out.

Kidd in the middle

The death of Kidd Kraddick affected me WAY more than I could've ever imagined. He is the first 'celebrity' whose death I've cried over. Whose death is something I've been thinking about since I found out Saturday night.

I never met the man in person, but he still feels like my friend. I grew up listening to him on the radio every morning. On my way to school in the car with my mom, on my way to school once I had my own car, on my way to work, and now in my later life. He's been a part of my Monday-Friday mornings since before I can even remember. I don't remember a time in my life that Kidd wasn't a part of it.

I cried and laughed every morning with the KKITM crew. There were many times I went into work late because they were playing a bit that was too hilarious to turn off, so I'd sit in my car in the parking lot until it was over. There were many times I'd try and try to get through on the phone lines to talk to the crew. There were many times I'd get upset when they took a break and played a song. I wanted the funny to continue, damnit! 

He was a selfless man, and the fact that he died doing what he loved puts a lot of his fans at ease. He was the master mind behind Kidd's Kids, which is a philanthropy that provides terminally ill children with the adventure of a lifetime. He takes a big group of families to Disney World every year, and he raises massive amounts of money for these families who have to live with very unfortunate circumstances. He put a smile on SO MANY faces while he was here on earth. And I just know, that the kids whose lives he affected that are now in Heaven, are so happy to see him and hug him again.

I woke up earlier than normal yesterday morning to tune into the show to hear his fellow crew share memories of him. It was the saddest hour and a half on radio. But I'm so glad they were able to do this for his fans.

RIP Kidd. You'll be sorely missed by your fans in Dallas. Thanks for touching our lives for so many years.


"Keep looking up 'cause that's where it all is!" - Kidd Kraddick


11 comments:

Heather @ From Here to There said...

This was definitely heart breaking! Hearing about a celebrity passing away is one of the strangest feelings I've felt... you feel like you know them based on their performances or whatever it is they do that makes them famous, but you realize that you don't really know them... It's a mixed bag of emotions! :( I was so sad to hear about his passing, but like you, I'm thankful he was doing something he loved and cared about when he did pass.

Natalie Hinkley said...

I remember enjoying his show back when I lived in DFW. This is so very sad.

Kristyn said...

I never heard his show before, but on my way to work this morning my go-to radio show was talking about him. Bert was friends with him and Kidd was his mentor so he was discussing things and memories today. I had no idea they were friends or how hard this hit us in Atlanta. It's crazy how things happen like that.

Bert was saying that Kidd encouraged him to have his own morning show and he inspired Bert to start Bert's Big Adventure which takes terminally ill kids to Disney World (all expenses paid). It's crazy and so sad! Too many death's recently!

Jamie said...

I listen to KKITM through syndication here in Georgia and I am so, so sad about his passing. I woke up early to listen to the memorial broadcast too and I bawled and laughed my way through it. I tweeted yesterday that I've never been so sad about the death of someone I didn't know. I will truly miss hearing his voice on my way to work every morning but I hope they keep the show going!

Meghan said...

I figured he had to be a well respected Dallas figure because I saw so many mentions of his passing:( It's funny how we can connect with people we've never even met.

Everything's Coming up Roses said...

I'm so heartbroken! I, like you, have listened my whole childhood and adulthood!! I am still in shock and devastated. It won't be the same without Kinsey, Must be nice guy, the Kellie impersonation, and the list goes on....

I dedicated a post to Kidd as well....

Keep looking up -- because that's where Kidd is!

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Nikki Trivette said...

I too, have never been so deeply affected by the passing of a celebrity, but Kidd wasn't just a celebrity...he was a friend to all. And I find it very ironic that he passed away from an enlarged heart...I guess it just couldn't hold all the love he had for everyone. Thanks for posting this Amber...Kidd would've been proud!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I'm one of those people who doesn't get his broadcast but I know a lot of people have been affected by his death.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I actually heard about this and have never heard of him before :(

Rachel said...

I never listened to him but I knew who he was. It's so sad. I hope they keep his foundation going in his honor!

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