This is not the post that I had planned to write today.
But on Saturday evening I was checking Facebook and saw a post that a local morning radio host had passed away. At first I thought it must be a hoax. But as I saw more and more posts, and finally a story from the local news station I knew it must be true.
Kidd Kraddick’s morning show has been my morning show of choice for over 10 (probably close to 15) years. If I’m in the car in the mornings that’s where my radio is.
It’s a weird feeling when a celebrity or public figure passes away. I never actually met Kidd Kraddick, but his show has been a part of my life for so long it feels like I’ve lost a friend.
I think I’ve always liked his show so much because it was different from almost everything else. He made it personal. He invited listeners in.
There have been a multitude of stories shared on social media about him since Saturday and it has been wonderful to see, read, and hear people sharing his charitable legacy.
He was widely known in our area for the charity that he founded, Kidd’s Kids. Every year he organized an all inclusive trip to Disney World for terminally ill kids and their families. But from the stories his charity didn’t end there.
As I’ve come across these stories (on social media or listening to the radio) I can’t help but think, what an amazing legacy to leave behind. To be talked about as someone so selfless, so giving.
He makes me want to be more charitable.
“Keep looking up, cause that’s where it all is” was the closing line to his radio show each morning. I think it’s a great thought to end with as well.