|Birth name||David Peter Cradick|
August 22, 1959|
Napoleon, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||July 27, 2013
Gretna, Louisiana, U.S.
|Show||Kidd Kraddick in the Morning|
|Station(s)||Syndicated: 75+ affiliates|
|Time slot||Monday–Friday, 6-10 a.m. Central|
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, is 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.
Kraddick was born in Napoleon, Ohio and grew up in Dunedin, Florida. His first radio position was in Tampa. He later worked in Fresno, California (KYNO-FM), Miami, Florida, Salt Lake City (KAYK & KLRZ), and Los Angeles (KHTZ), where he also worked comedy clubs as an emcee.
Kraddick received the nickname "Kidd" from a radio producer and used the name on-air from 1978 until his death. He won the Billboard Magazine “Air Personality of the Year” Award three times, received the 1992 and 1997 AWRO "Air Personality of the Year," the Marconi Award for "Radio Personality of the Year", won the first annual 1999 WB Radio Music Award as the "Best Radio Personality in the Country", and also the 2001 "Radio and Records CHR/Pop Personality/Show of the Year."
He moved to Dallas in 1984 and took over the night shift on the newly formatted top-40 station KEGL (The Eagle) and established a following. In 1990, Kraddick was named to the Ten Outstanding Young Americans list by the United States Junior Chamber. KEGL changed formats from Top 40 pop/rock to Modern Rock in 1992 and Kraddick was released from his contract. 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. He won a 1998 Marconi Award for Major Market Radio Personality of the Year while he was with KHKS  and the next year he won Air Personality of the Year at the Radio Music Awards. He began to syndicate the show in 2001 and moved the production to an independent studio in Las Colinas. He became a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning was born as a local radio program, and survived through numerous cast changes. The two longest-running cast members were Kellie Rasberry and Big Al Mack. Kraddick voiced a number of characters, making extensive use of voice altering technology in improvising characters as they came up during show discussions. The show is broadcast from 6-10 a.m. Central on weekday mornings and is nationally syndicated in more than 75 markets and the American Forces Radio Network.
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". Kraddick subsequently sold both entities; BitBoard is now operated by Clear Channel Communications and The Morning Mouth is owned and operated by Talentmasters in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kraddick attended the University of Miami for a semester, but dropped out to study broadcasting. Kraddick was Catholic. Kraddick and his wife Carol were separated in 2007 and divorced in April 2008, and they had one daughter. He had planned on re-marrying in the near future. Kraddick was recently engaged the week before his death to an woman named Lissi. They had been together over a year.
Kraddick died on July 27, 2013, while attending an annual fundraiser for his charity, Kidd's Kids at Timberlane Country Club in Gretna, Louisiana. Jefferson Parish Deputy Coroner Granville Morse said heart disease was “evident” and that drug use and foul play were not suspected; according his findings after a routine autopsy. Morse said Kraddick had an enlarged heart, which is a sign of high blood pressure. He also had three diseased vessels and one of his arteries had an 80 percent blockage. In early August 2013, Kraddick's cause of death was officially determined to be the result of arteriosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, read a report released by the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office.
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