A day after his tragic passing in New Orleans, Kidd Kraddick's fans remembered one of radio's greats.
"I've been listening to him since I was 7," one distraught listener said, calling in to Mix 100 Sunday afternoon. Program Director Damon Scott answered calls on air.
"It's just a sad day," Mix 100 DJ Kaden at Night said. "He's the reason that I'm on the radio. The few times I've gotten to visit with him and talk to him - just the encouragement that he had and the creativity that he had - just gets you excited about wanting to be a part of what he did."
Kaden traveled to Dallas for the weekend to be with family and meet with Kraddick. They were scheduled to meet Friday, but rescheduled for Monday because of Kraddick traveling to New Orleans.
"I hope that I can take away his character, personality and creativity of what he's done for this business, because you know when you think of radio, you think of Kidd Kraddick."
Another Lubbock resident shared a special moment with Kraddick last month. Bray Reed, a 14-year-old from Idalou, and his mother Misty were special guests on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning.
"We were at a restaurant in Fort Worth and spoke to the Executive Chef. He told Bray he was so inspired by him that anything that Bray wanted to do in Fort Worth he would make it happen. So he called Bray and asked him what he would like to do. He said I would love to meet Kidd Kraddick in the Morning," Misty said.
Bray was in Fort Worth receiving treatment for stage 4 cancer. Being a guest on Kidd Kraddick in the morning is something he will never forget.
"He inspires me to be like that when I grow older," Bray said. "That's why I raised some money for him to help out, just like he would for me."
Misty says she will always be thankful for Kidd Kraddick.
"He was a man that every morning woke up and he made people laugh and cry and inspired all of us to be better people. For a moment in time he made my son feel like he was on top of the world and for that I will always be grateful to Kidd Kraddick."
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