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