Radio Personality Battles Brain Tumor

Kidd Kraddick in the Morning producer to have surgery next month

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    Shanon Murphy, producer of the radio show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, shared the news of her current battle with a benign brain tumor Monday morning with radio show listeners.

    The producer of a popular radio morning show that recently lost its namesake host is staying strong after she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

    "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" producer Shanon Murphy -- better known to listeners as "Psycho Shanon" -- announced on the air Monday that she has a benign tumor.

    Murphy said she has been humbled and grateful by the response from listeners.

    "There have been a couple of emails from parents who were dropping their kids off at school when we were talking about this on the show," she said. "A 5-year-old boy was like, 'Mom, I'm not going to get out of the car until we pray for her.'"

    Murphy went to a doctor because of a bad headache, upset stomach and numbness on her left side two weeks ago and had several tests. Her doctor called during last week's annual fundraiser Kidd's Kids Day to tell her she had a mass on her brain. The tumor is benign, but she needs surgery.

    "You have people that say, 'You are so strong. God never gives you more than you can handle,'" she said. "But you know, you know what, God? Even a bodybuilder at some point gets exhausted."

    The morning show's namesake, longtime morning radio personality Kidd Kraddick, died unexpectedly in July. Murphy said working on "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" was her dream, saying she was the intern who wouldn't go away.

    "He taught me this is the way you live an honest life with the listeners -- you share the good with them. You share the bad with them," she said.

    And she always has. In 2011, she shared with her audience when she lost her nephew and her nephew's grandfather.

    Murphy's surgery is scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving.

    But she still plans on going on Kidd's Kids annual trip to Disney World, which is the week before. As exhausted as she is, the listeners and everyone else on "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" keep her going.

    "I have got too many people that care about me and too many people I care about to say I'm done," she said.