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(CBS NEWS--) Local radio show host Kidd Kraddick of
the popular radio show "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning," has died. Kraddick, whose real name is David Peter Cradick, 53, passed away Saturday in New Orleans at a golf tournament. The event was organized to raise money for his beloved Kidd's
Kids charity.

The "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show is heard on more than 75 Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations and is a leader among most-listened-to contemporary morning programs, publicist Ladd Biro said. The radio program also is transmitted globally on American Forces Radio Network while the show's cast is also seen weeknights on the nationally syndicated TV show "Dish Nation."

The Dallas Morning News reported Kraddick had been a staple in the Dallas market since 1984, starting in a late-night debut. The newspaper said he moved into morning show work by the early 1990s in that market and his show began to gain wider acclaim and entered into syndication by 2001 as he gained a following in cities nationwide. More than a radio icon to many, Kraddick had a reputation for helping
children selflessly through his non-profit work, reports CBS affiliate "When Kidd came to town Ronald Reagan was just being sworn into his second term, Danny White quarterbacked the Cowboys, and Doug Rader managed the Rangers. Nobody compared to Kidd Kraddick. Nobody," according to KLUV/98.7 FM morning
host Jody Dean.

Kraddick founded his charity The Kraddick Foundation, in '91. It's dedicated to helping impact the lives of children who have terminal or chronic illnesses or are accident victims. It consists of "Kidd's Kids," which takes a planeload of children (age 5-11) and their families to Walt Disney World for 5 days every November, according to the non-profit's website.


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