Kidd Kraddick

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Kidd Kraddick
Birth nameDavid Peter Cradick[1]
BornNapoleon, Ohio, USA[2]
ShowKidd Kraddick in the Morning
Station(s)Syndicated: 75+ affiliates[3]
Time slotMonday–Friday, 5-10am CST
CountryUnited States
Websitewww.kiddnation.com
 
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Kidd Kraddick
Birth nameDavid Peter Cradick[1]
BornNapoleon, Ohio, USA[2]
ShowKidd Kraddick in the Morning
Station(s)Syndicated: 75+ affiliates[3]
Time slotMonday–Friday, 5-10am CST
CountryUnited States
Websitewww.kiddnation.com

David "Kidd" Kraddick is an American radio host and television personality. His nationally-syndicated morning radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, is based in Las Colinas, Texas, in Irving, a suburb of Dallas, and airs throughout the United States, syndicated by Kraddick's company, YEA Networks.[4] He can be seen on the nationally-syndicated Dish Nation television show weeknights around the United States.[4]

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Early life

Kraddick was born just outside Toledo, Ohio in Napoleon, Ohio.[1][2] He grew up most of his life in Dunedin, Florida.[2] His first radio position was in Tampa.[1] He later worked in Fresno (KYNO-FM), Miami, Salt Lake City (KAYK & KLRZ), and Los Angeles (KHTZ),[1][5] where he also worked comedy clubs as an emcee.[6]

Radio personality

Dallas

He moved to Dallas in 1984[6] and took over the night shift on the newly formatted top-40 station KEGL (The Eagle) and established a following.[6] In 1990, Kraddick was named to the Ten Outstanding Young Americans list by the United States Junior Chamber.[5]

KEGL changed formats from Top 40 pop/rock to Modern Rock in 1992 and Kraddick was released.[6] After eight months off the air, he was hired to a morning position at Top 40 KHKS-106.1 "Kiss-FM" in Dallas-Fort Worth.[6] He won a 1998 Marconi Award for Major Market Radio Personality of the Year while he was with KHKS [7] and the next year he won Air Personality of the Year at the Radio Music Awards.[8] He began to syndicate the show in 2001 and moved the production to an independent studio in Las Colinas.[6]

Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

Kidd Kraddick in the Morning was born as a local radio program, and has survived through numerous cast changes. The two longest-running cast members are Kellie Rasberry and Big Al Mack. Kraddick voices a number of characters, making extensive use of voice altering technology in improvising characters as they come up during show discussions. The show is broadcast from 6-10am CST on weekday mornings and is nationally syndicated in more than 75 markets and the American Forces Radio Network.[3]

Other businesses

In the early 1990s, Kraddick launched two radio oriented businesses. A monthly publication for morning personalities called "The Morning Mouth" and a show prep "sharing service" for air personalities called "BitBoard".[9] Kraddick subsequently sold both entities; BitBoard is now operated by Clear Channel Communications[10] and The Morning Mouth is owned and operated by Talentmasters in Atlanta, Georgia.[11]

Kidd's Kids

In 1991, Kraddick founded the 501(c)3 charity, The Kraddick Foundation, which is dedicated to helping impact the lives of children who have terminal or chronic illnesses or are accident victims. It consists of "Kidd's Kids," which takes a planeload of these children (age 5-11) and their families to Walt Disney World for 5 days every November. In 2010, the charity grew to include "The Glamour Squad" which visits hospitals around the country and provides a day of pampering inside the hospital for teenage girls. Listeners of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show donate money one day a year on "Kidd's Kids Day" to help fund these projects.[12]

Personal life

Kraddick is divorced and has one daughter.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Ron Musselman (2007-04-29). "Popular syndicated radio host has local roots". Toledo Blade. http://www.toledoblade.com/Music-Theater-Dance/2007/04/29/Popular-syndicated-radio-host-has-local-roots.html. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  2. ^ a b c "Where we grew up"
  3. ^ a b Kidd Kraddick Info
  4. ^ a b DJ Kidd Kraddick and his team join new entertainment strip 'Dish Nation' Dallas-Fort Worth Events and Entertainment News - GuideLive - The Dallas Morning News
  5. ^ a b c http://www.kiddnation.com/kidd-bio/
  6. ^ a b c d e f Robert Philpot (2011-11-01). "The Kidd stays in the picture". Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.COM. http://www.dfw.com/2011/11/01/532087/dj-kidd-kraddick-stays-on-top.html. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  7. ^ http://www.nab.org/documents/events/awards/marconiAwards/1998Winners.asp
  8. ^ Mike Weatherford (1999-10-29). "New awards show offers accessible stars". Las Vegas Review Journal. http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/1999/Oct-29-Fri-1999/news/12250015.html. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
  9. ^ Jarvis, Jan (1997-08-17). "King of drive time Zany-but-sincere DJ has loyal following". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  10. ^ "BitBoard Show Prep Networks - TERMS OF USE AGREEMENT". http://www.bitboard.com/terms.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  11. ^ ""Publishers of The Morning Mouth", talentmasters.com
  12. ^ ""Kidd's Kids and the Glamour Squad", KiddsKids.com