On Sunday night, Kidd Kraddick’s studio was dark while the hearts of his listeners were heavy. Meanwhile, the walkway outside his studio in Las Colinas was lined with flowers and heartfelt notes.
“Our angel, we’ll miss you dearly, our thoughts with Caroline and Kidd nation family,” wrote Georgina Gonzalez in her card.
She listened to him every day on her way to work, and now the idea that he won’t be there in the mornings to come is just starting to set in.
“It still doesn't feel real, doesn't feel real at all,” said a fan.
The Texas-based radio and television personality, whose program is syndicated by YEA Networks, died at his Kidd's Kids charity function in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna on Saturday, said publicist Ladd Biro, in a network statement.
In the industry, his radio show was regarded as a dominant powerhouse.
“His ratings were just the best, you wanted to be Kidd Kraddick,” said Hal Jay, host of WBAP Morning News.
Jay said Kraddick's fans felt a connection to the man behind the microphone, who often shared much about his life, and his daughter, on the air.
“He’s almost like family, because you listen to him every day,” said one listener walking by the memorial.
He touched lives off the air as well. His charity, Kidd’s Kids, provided free trips to Walt Disney World in Florida for seriously ill children and their families.
“He'll be remembered as one of the greats, as well he should be,” said Jay.
Kraddick’s legacy on-air and off, is evidenced by the outpouring of support.
“I think everyone will miss him. I don’t think radio will be the same,” said Elida Valdez.