After the sudden and tragic passing of Kidd “David” Kraddick, the star of the nationally syndicated “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show, viewers immediately questioned what the fate of the program would be. While stars of the Texas-based program originally remained quiet in regards to the show’s future, the officials plans for the long-running radio show was announced Thursday.
A rep for “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” took to Facebook Thursday night to inform fans that despite the death of their 53-year-old star, the show must go on. “Kellie, Big Al, J-Si and Jenna came in today and had a great meeting about the going forward. They are all excited about continuing Kidd’s legacy and are ready to get back to air on Monday,” said a statement from the network. “Hope you’ll join us!”
The announcement comes on the heels of the birth of multiple Facebook pages and one petition, which as of Friday morning received over 50,000 signatures, all pleading with network producers to keep the show on air. “This is the best morning show to go to school and work listening too! Please keep Kidd's legacy going!” wrote viewer Chelsea Dalton on the Ipetitions.com page. “Radio will never be the same without this show even if Kidd isn't there,” said another viewer Mekayla McMorris. “Let them carry on this show in honor of his name.”
The cast of the popular show aired a special tribute episode in honor of the fallen radio host’s decade-long run Monday. In a statement released by the network last week, Kraddick was confirmed to have died after attending a charity golf event for terminally ill children in New Orleans on July 27. “He died doing what he loved,” said a rep. “His final day was spent selflessly focused on those special children who meant the world to him."
According to a report from Fox News via Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office in Louisiana, Kraddick’s untimely death was the result of what early toxicology reports classified as an enlarged heart, blocked arteries and most likely an irregular heartbeat.