At Kidd Kraddick's Makeshift Memorial: Flowers, Diet Coke and Disbelief
In front of the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning radio show studio sits dozens of flower bouquets, Diet Coke cans -- Kraddick's favorite soda -- and posters with grievances from fans. Many of the messages read "keep looking up, cause that's where it all is," quoting Kraddick's signature radio sign off.
Antonio Trujillo, 24, and Michael Trujillo, 22, drove from Amarillo to say their final goodbyes to Kraddick.
"I used to put his shows in the station in Amarillo, 93.1 The Beat," says Antonio. "It was a must that I had to come out here and pay my respects. I always wanted to meet him. I'll never forget his sense of humor, he was made to be a radio star, but at the same time he didn't act like a star, he acted just like everybody else."
The death of radio personality David "Kidd" Kraddick, 53, shocked Texans all over the state, as well as the star's colossal pack of loyal followers nationwide. Kraddick died in New Orleans Saturday at a charity golf tournament for Kidd's Kids, a nonprofit organization started by Kidd Kraddick in the Morning that helps raise money for kids with terminal illnesses. The cause of Kraddick's sudden death is said to be cardiac disease, according to a preliminary autopsy.
Kraddick has been a staple of the Dallas-area radio scene since 1984, and is best known for hosting Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, which was syndicated in 2001. The program airs on more than 75 Top 40 stations and plays in nearly 100 cities nationwide each morning from 6 to 10 a.m.
Over the past decade, Kraddick has influenced the lives of his listeners, as fans remember him as a part of their morning routine.
"I have been listening to him since I was 15 and it was on 97.1, so it's been a rough couple of days for me," says Misty Grounds, 36. "At first I thought it was a hoax. So being out here and seeing all this is great. I think personally they are going to make something big out of Kellie and Big Al. I don't think they are going to stop the show. He has such a following. I cant believe I'm not going to hear his voice every morning -- I really might start crying."
Many fans will remember Kraddick for his charity work.
"What I will remember most is the KISSmas Wish during Christmas time," says Shea Clifford, 25. "I remember driving to work or driving with my mom and we would be crying just listening to the stories. Charity wise, I think the show will stay strong."
Clifford says she has been listening to Kraddick since she was a little girl.