Monday, July 29, 2013 , Updated 1:04 p.m., July 29, 2013
“Kidd Kraddick” radio show continues Monday morning with tearful goodbye to its founder
"It's never going to be the same," said longtime co-host Kellie Rasberry.
LAS COLINAS Radio personality Kellie Rasberry said it at 7 a.m. Monday so no one else had to: “For the first time ever, we are ‘Kidd Kraddick in the Morning’ without Kidd Kraddick,” she said, sniffling.
The radio show’s leader, David “Kidd” Kraddick, died unexpectedly Saturday in New Orleans during a golf tournament for his children’s nonprofit called Kidd’s Kids.
The show on Dallas’ Kiss FM (106.1 KHKS-FM) usually runs from 6-10 a.m., but Kraddick’s cast members Rasberry, Big Al Mack, J-Si, Jenna Owens, and "Psycho" Shanon went on air at 7 a.m. Monday for an abridged radio show to honor Kraddick. His show is broadcast in more than 100 cities nationwide and online at Dish Nation.
The early-morning broadcast was tearful as the deejays shared their stories about their boss, friend, and ringleader. Rasberry was Kraddick’s longtime sidekick, and though they were not married, they often said they bickered like a married couple. “I knew what it felt like to be divorced, and now I feel like I know what it’s like to be a widow,” Rasberry said Monday morning.
“ … I love him, and I’m not saying love in the past tense. I’m really just heartbroken,” she said.
J-Si said he considered Kraddick a father figure, and Jenna attributed her love for golf to Kraddick. She was with Kraddick Saturday morning before the golf tournament, where the two went to warm up. She recalls that Kraddick wasn’t feeling well, but he wouldn’t sit down without hitting a good shot. Once he did, he watched Jenna hit a few balls, and his last words to her were “great shot.”
She said, shakily: “…I wished I could tell him it wasn’t just that golf shot that was great, it was the shot he gave me five years ago to come in here and be a part of this [radio show] with everyone, because that’s really the great shot.”
The first segment ended with the song “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.
The radio show will continue with the cast’s stories about Kraddick, and they will take fan call-ins to 1-800-KIDD-LIVE. Though the tone was somber Monday morning, the cast also found a few ways to joke about Kraddick, like they were so prone to do when he was by their side in the studio. "That is truly the most aggravating man," Rasberry said, laughing.
"It's never going to be the same."
UPDATE: Based on the results of a preliminary autopsy, Jefferson Parish Deputy Coroner Dr. Granville Morse says Kraddick died of cardiac disease.
"His heart was enlarged," Morse told The Dallas Morning News Monday. "You have several vessels, and three were diseased -- the worst of which was 80 percent blocked. That combination, an enlarged heart and cardiac disease, when someone dies like this it's usually dysrhythmia," which leads to an irregular heartbeat.
Morse said it's likely Kraddick died quickly.
"What happens is your heart goes into a non-perfusable rhythm," Morse said. "In English that means: Imagine you turned off the faucet for the blood to go back to the brain. It not only doesn't get to the brain, but it doesn't get to the heart. Both stop working simultaneously."
This was just the preliminary autopsy; nothing will be final until the toxicology report is finished. That could be done by week's end, Morse said.
"Until we get that back," he said, "we don't know for sure."
Melissa Repko contributed to this report.
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