Before we get to the ridiculousness/craziness that was last night’s episode, let me give my thoughts on something 1,000 times more important than this silly show, and something that affected me tremendously this weekend, which was the sudden passing of Dallas morning radio legend, Kidd Kraddick. Kidd was syndicated on over 80 stations in America, but his “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” show originates here in Dallas. I know I’ve linked to the interviews I’ve done with him numerous times on this site on the occasions that he’s been generous enough to have me on. To be celebrating my 20 yr high school reunion Saturday night (which was an absolute blast), yet be informed of Kidd’s sudden passing at the same time was about as difficult a night I can remember.
I am not a Dallas native. I’m not going to claim I’ve listened to Kidd my whole life and grew up driving to school with him on my radio because I didn’t. Before I moved here 7 years ago, I had never listened to his show, only knowing him by name. That all changed however once I did make the move, and immediately got involved in radio, and then after that, when RealitySteve.com kinda took off. I remember being on Kidd Kraddick’s show for the first time years ago on a phone interview, and I seriously had no idea what was going on. I had no idea who the other people in his crew were, and when they were addressing me, I didn’t know who was who. Over time though, Kidd and I developed a friendship and a business relationship with both of us having mutual interests in the show. That developed into me coming in studio with him and the crew at least once a season to discuss all things “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” related. A great group of people who always seemed to welcome me with open arms, and Kidd always went out of his way to talk to me outside of the show and give me advice here and there about the site. Did he have to? No. But that’s the kind of guy he was.
Seeing all of Dallas express their sentiments about him over Twitter and Facebook, you could tell the impact he had on this city over the years. For me, this would be like Rick Dees dying during my middle school or high school years. That’s the guy I listened to every day on the way to school for God knows how long. And now, for people of Dallas and all across America, the guy they grew up listening to, and the guy who has owned Dallas morning radio for the greater part of 20 years is now gone. I’ve had the honor and privilege of spending time with Kidd outside of just what you heard between us on the radio, and here’s what I can tell you. His passion for his job, and his Kidd’s Kids charity was something that will stick with me forever. I never thought I’d meet anybody in radio more passionate and hard working than Jim Rome, but Kidd Kraddick was no doubt in that class.
I was a blogger about a silly reality show, and Kidd saw something in me enough to where he thought it would be worthwhile to give me and my site the attention that he’s given it the last few years. He did not have to put me on his show every season. He did not have to constantly pump up my site when talking about the show, but I’m so thankful he did. And for that, I will be forever grateful. My heart goes out to the rest of the crew, Kellie, Big Al, J-Si, and Jenna, along with everyone working behind the scenes who have always been nothing but nice to me in my appearances on the show. They are truly one big family over there and I’m sure this has been a devastating couple of days for them. My condolences to his family and close friends as well as they grieve during this time. You come in contact with people on a daily basis that you don’t think twice about who leave no lasting memory in your life, and then there are people like Kidd Kraddick. He did so much for so many people, it’s a travesty that he’s gone so early. I feel so lucky to say I knew him on a somewhat personal level and I wish everyone else who listened to him every morning could have done the same. He will leave a lasting impression on me that I will never forget. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed.