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Kidd Kraddick

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Birth name David Cradick[1]
Born August 22, 1959 (1959-08-22) (age 50)
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning
Station(s) Syndicated: 60+ affiliates
Time slot Monday–Friday, 5-10am CST
Country United States
Website www.kiddlive.com

Kidd Kraddick, (born August 22) is an American radio host. His nationally-syndicated morning radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, is based in Las Colinas, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and airs throughout the United States, syndicated by Kraddick's company, Yea Network.

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Biography

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Early life

Kraddick (David Peter Cradick) was born just outside of Toledo, Ohio, in Aug/22/1955.[1] He moved with his family to Florida at a young age and began his radio career at the age of 18 on tiny WKXY in Sarasota. Within a year, he had a full time shift on Q105 which featured the original "Zoo" format. He moved to Dallas after brief stints in Los Angeles (KHTZ) and Salt Lake City (KLRZ). Kraddick took over the night shift on the newly formatted top-40 station KEGL (The Eagle) and had a loyal following, His bits included the "Boogie Check", "Sob Story", and a segment called, "Make it or Break It" (pitting new songs against each other, competing for future airplay on the station.) Kraddick turned down offers from WLS-Chicago and KIIS-FM in Los Angeles and was promoted to afternoon drive. A short time later, he replaced the recently-terminated Moby (James Carney) on morning drive at KEGL. One notable feature he presented was, "Burn Your Buns," a segment where Kraddick, upon a listener's request, would call a certain boss or relative or friend of the listener, and play a prank with them over the phone. (Kraddick drew the ire of many of those targets over the years, to the point where the segment was discontinued.) In May, 1992, KEGL changed formats from Top 40 pop/rock to Modern Rock. The entire airstaff, including Kraddick, were released. Kraddick briefly filled in at DFW station KLIF-570AM, then was hired in November, 1992, to headline the new airstaff at Top 40 KHKS-106.1 "Kiss-FM" in Dallas-Fort Worth. (The station was a resurrection of Top 40 KTKS-106.1, which left the local airwaves in 1987. 106.1's departing format, Smooth Jazz, relocated to KCDU-107.5 Fort Worth.) By 2003, Premiere Radio Network syndicated Kidd's show to several markets, in mostly medium to small cities across the US, with KHKS becoming the flagship station. In 2006, Kraddick acquired his company, "Yea Networks!", from Clear Channel, but continued syndicating his show using Citadel Broadcasting (Formally ABC Radio Networks). On August 29, 2008, he announced his divorce from his wife of 18 years Carol Cradick in April 2008.[1] His show is now heard on 115 affiliates across America.

Radio Personality

In the early 1990s, Kraddick launched two radio oriented businesses. A monthly publication for morning personalities called "The Morning Mouth" and a show prep "sharing service" for air personalities called "BitBoard".[2] Kraddick subsequently sold both entities; BitBoard is now operated by Clear Channel Communications[3] and The Morning Mouth is owned and operated by Talentmasters in Atlanta, Ga.[4]

Kidd Kraddick in the Morning

"Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" was born in 1993 as a local radio program, and has survived through numerous cast changes. However, the two longest-running cast members are Kellie Rasberry and Big Al Mack.

Kidd Kraddick voices a number of characters on the show. He makes extensive use of voice altering technology in improvising many characters as they come up during show discussions. Besides that, Kraddick regularly lends his vocal talent to the "Mommy Test," in which he plays "Pooladsanj Pooladsanj" (or, "Poo Poo"), the fictional son of Kellie Rasberry. More recently, Kidd is playing "Wally," a self-loving Wal-mart cashier in the new bit "Somebody's Hot for Wally"; he also plays JC's girlfriend, Kinsey, the ultimate Valley Girl. The show is broadcast from 5-10am CST on weekday mornings and is nationally syndicated in more than 75 markets.

References

  1. ^ a b c Ron Musselman (2007-04-29). "Popular syndicated radio host has local roots". http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070429/COLUMNIST37/304290021. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  2. ^ Jarvis, Jan (1997-08-17). "King of drive time Zany-but-sincere DJ has loyal following". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  
  3. ^ "BitBoard Show Prep Networks - TERMS OF USE AGREEMENT". http://www.bitboard.com/terms.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  4. ^ "Publishers of The Morning Mouth" at talentmasters.com

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