Mix 100 morning crew hosts first show without Kidd Kraddick
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Kraddick in the Morning hit the airwaves at its regularly scheduled time, but for the first time in the show's history, Kidd wasn't there.
"We are Kidd Kraddick in the mourning without Kidd Kraddick," said Kellie Raspberry to begin the broadcast. They began their show with a roll call of co-hosts Big Al, Jose "J-Si" Chavez and Jenna, trying to keep everything as normal as possible. But they said trying to cope without Kidd was awkward.
"We don't really know what we're going to say this morning. We don't really know how to go about this," Kellie said.
The crew took turns sharing their favorite Kidd memories. When is finally came to J-Si, he said he looked up to Kidd as a father.
"A kid always wants to make their father proud and the fact that my last break on the radio with Kidd Kraddick was a break where his last words to me were I am so proud of you, it's something I will always cherish," Chavez said.
The show ironically came one week after Kraddick's segment entitled "Deathbed Confessions." Kraddick was able to say goodbye to all of his friends and loved ones in a staged way. The crew members said they couldn't believe the timing.
Kraddick's final words of the segment were a perfect goodbye.
"I want to thank all of you guys for being at my deathbed today and I'm going to miss you so much. It's so great to be here," he said.
In Lubbock, Mix 100 Program Director Damon Scott said mornings won't be the same for many Mix 100 listeners.
"He was the guy on Mix 100. You say Mix 100 you think Kidd Kraddick. He's been on the station since July 2001. It's sad that we lost him," said Scott.
Scott said Kraddick will be remembered for many things, and in particular, all he did with his charity organization, Kidd's Kids.
"There were ones right here in Lubbock that he took each year that were terminally ill to Walt Disney World."
Scott said it is astounding how much an impact Kidd Kraddick made here in the South Plains.
"The past two days have just been crazy with comments from people just pouring out how much that guy meant to their mornings. He was a great radio DJ and he was a real person that people could relate to."