R.I.P. Kidd Kraddick
It is always weird when one of your contemporaries dies. Even weirder? I was born on the same date at Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern. So what do Wes Nessman, Kidd Kraddick, Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern have in common? Nothing really. Those three all took risks and made sacrifices that I was unwilling or unable to make.
People assume that all radio people are doing the same jobs, when we're not. I actually do more computer programming, writing, management, and other tasks. Somewhere in there I squeeze in a couple hours of fun and radio. I had a conversation with my friend Dale Dudley (KLBJ) once and I had an epiphany. He always wanted to be ON the radio. Myself, I'm just happy being AROUND the radio.
Kidd Kraddick apparently was like Dale in that he lived, breathed and slept radio. I'm sorry for those of you who will no longer have Kidd in your lives. I fully realize the RockShow is not for everybody, and not for family listening. I'm also sorry for the beneficiaries of "Kidd's Kids" and I hope someone will step up and keep that charity going.
The best radio people are your friends and people who help rally the community when there is a need. I hope all of you, no matter who you are or what you listen to, take a moment to appreciate a guy who was a good human first and a great radio guy second.