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Kidd Kraddick fans gather for somber memorial

08/09/2013 8:17 AM

08/15/2013 7:42 PM

UPDATE: Robert Philpot is covering the memorial live on Twitter.

ORIGINAL REPORT: “Tribute to Kidd,” a free public memorial for fans and “extended family” of Kidd Kraddick and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show, has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the AT&T Plaza immediately south of the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Video of the event will be streamed free on KiddTV.com.

Singer Ben Folds, who was Kraddick’s favorite musical artist, will perform, and other special musical guests are scheduled. Several of Kraddick’s close friends and family members will be present, and local DFW dignitaries will speak about Kraddick’s impact on DFW.

The tribute will also celebrate Kidd’s Kids, the charity Kraddick founded for terminally and chronically ill children and their families.

“Thursday is going to be a beautiful day of remembrance doing two things my dad loved: listening to great music and supporting Kidd’s Kids,” Caroline Cradick, Kraddick’s daughter, said in a release. “This charity meant so much to him and it is such an honor to carry on his legacy. Thank you to all of the fans for your kind words. I feel the love every day and am lucky to have a father that left such an impact.

“I’m also really excited to see Ben Folds, dad’s and my favorite artist, who we share a lot of fond memories with,” said Cradick.

The tribute will immediately precede the first-ever Concert for Kidd’s Kids sponsored by Raising Cane’s, which will be at 7 p.m. at Dallas House of Blues. The concert is headlined by the Grammy-winning Jonas Brothers, and also includes pop sensation Jason Derulo, Andy Grammer, Cimorelli and Tim Halperin. A closed-circuit feed of the concert will air at the AT&T Plaza.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the City of Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, WFAA/Channel 8, Southwest Airlines and Ustream are providing support for the tribute.

Kraddick, whose real name was David Cradick, died unexpectedly from cardiac disease on July 27 at age 53. His Kidd Kraddick in the Morning show, which is based in Las Colinas and airs in more than 75 markets (including DFW’s KHKS/106.1 FM “KISS-FM” ), carries on, with his cast Kellie Rasberry, Big Al Mack, Jose “J-Si” Chavez and Jenna Owens continuing his legacy and keeping the show’s name.

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