Kidd Kraddick decided his career while serving as 10th grade class president.
“We sponsored a big dance for the seniors but didn’t have enough money to hire a deejay,” says Kidd. “So I snuck out my dad’s stereo and did it myself.”
From there he was hooked. After stints as a nighttime teen idol in Miami, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Tampa (where he was given the name “Kidd” by a program director), Kraddick took his show to Dallas, where he quickly made the transition to morning drive. The conversations and stories on air ranged from mundane to profoundly honest.
But it’s not just the openness of the show that has made his show top-rated in virtually every possible demographic. Kraddick’s big heart has also played a part.
Each year, through fund-raisers and special events, his non-profit organization raises over a hundred thousand dollars to send children to Disney World. For over ten years, Kidd’s Kids has provided free trips for the families of hundreds of chronically and terminally ill children. Kraddick fills the seats of a 737 airplane each November and spends four days helping the children fulfill a fantasy. A film chronicling the trip won last year’s prestigious Videographer Award of Excellence.
Kraddick’s numerous awards include the WB Radio Music Award for America’s Best Radio Personality, named to the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the American Junior Chamber, Major Market Personality Of The Year by Radio and Records, and the distinguished Marconi Award for radio personality of the year.
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