If you listen to morning radio, there is a good chance that you’ve heard of Kidd Kraddick in the Morning and you probably also know by now that Kidd passed away on July 27 at a golf tournament for Kidd’s Kids. I’ve seen and heard national news about the outpouring of condolences and tributes to Kidd since his passing and I’m not one to try to gain something from a big news story like this. But today I just felt compelled to write about why I will miss Kidd Kraddick.
Some of you may know that I work for Child Protective Services and that I have a passion for helping kids. It seems obvious that I would miss Kidd because of his passion for helping kids as well. I did love that about him and I do love that thousands (millions?) of people are exposed to the need to help kids because of Kidd and his efforts. But that’s not the big reason I will miss him.
Kidd was (dare I say) a household name in the radio business and I’ve read that he broke down barriers of radio. In fact, I’ve read a lot of endearing stories about him. He was a great man, so I’ve heard, but that’s not the big reason I will miss him.
Kidd was hilarious and daring and he was a radio genius. His morning show was one of the best (if not THE best) radio show I’ve ever listened to, but even that is not the big reason I will miss him.
You see, I was in a huge depression for the past 4 (or 5) years and didn’t really know it. I have a wonderful life with a loving husband and a great little boy. We are happy, although we have rocky moments, and we have what we need for housing and food and love, most of all. But, I have a chemical imbalance that causes me to be depressed.
A couple of months ago, I was in tears and feeling “blue” and I couldn’t really get out of it. I talked to my doctor and we made some changes in my medication and things started feeling better. For the past 4 years I have not allowed the radio on in the car while I’m driving. I didn’t want the noise and I couldn’t handle the chatter. I used to love music and I have vivid memories when I hear certain songs. Music defines times in my life, but I had shut it off and never turned it back on.
After making those changes for 3-4 days, I suddenly wanted the radio on and the music flowing. When it finally came back on, Kidd Kraddick was on and immediately I found myself laughing. I would look forward to getting back in the car to listen to what he was up to this time. I loved hearing his friendly voice and listening to his shenanigans.
And when he talked about children, I would smile and cry at the same time.
Kidd Kraddick brought music and laughter back into my life.
This…is why I will miss Kidd Kraddick.
I love that Kellie Rasberry, J-Si, Big Al Mack, and Shannon are still around and filling in that hole we all have in our hearts. I thank them for not abandoning us all and I am amazed at their strength. I know they have a job to do, but these four lost a family member and their “job” is to now honor that family member and be our strength every.single.morning.
Thank you, Kidd, for being there for us when we needed you, and for being there for them now. You are truly a blessing to many, many people. God Bless You and your family - all (millions) of us!