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Kraddick's Show Going Strong One Year After His Death

7-29-14

The Dallas Morning News has an extensive piece on the one-year anniversary of the death of Kid Kraddick, who died of a heart attack at age 53. The paper reports the remaining cast members were given 30 days by Clear Channel to make the show work without their frontman. And to their credit, they are currently in first or second place in 95 percent of their markets. There are also new details about exactly what George Laughlin went through to try to revive Kraddick as the limo bus sped toward the hospital.

The paper reports a frantic Laughlin "pulled Kraddick to the floor and began to blow into his mouth and pump on his chest. The driver raced along and the rear compartment rose and fell like a carnival ride as the pavement alternated between blacktop and concrete. At Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank Kraddick was carried out and placed on a gurney. Laughlin entered the emergency room at his side, searching for but not finding a glimmer of life." Kraddick was gone.

Kraddick’s death triggered the retirement clause in his company’s contract with Clear Channel Communications, owner of Kiss FM in Dallas, which is the home base for the show. The Dallas Morning News reports that without Kraddick, Clear Channel would no longer have to pay his YEA Networks and no longer carry the Kraddick show on Kiss FM. Kiss-FM was the biggest affiliate of the 70 carrying the show.

Read the Dallas Morning News story on the one year anniversary of the death of Kidd Kraddick HERE
(Picture courtesy Dallas Morning News)




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