I'm listening, laughing and crying right now. Radio will never be the same, ever. Im sitting here thinking about how lucky i am to have gotten to spend as much time as I did with Kidd. He taught me so much and have me so many words of wisdom, he helped mold who I am on the radio today. But, not just that. He taught me how to use this platform that God gave us and to utilize the talent we have been blessed with to HELP others.
In 2000, I was such a rookie when I moved to Dallas and started my own show on a station called Hot 100, a competing station of Kidd and Kiss. I was just a kid from Detroit that wanted to make it. My first year here was one of the toughest in my life. I was young, naive and had never had my own show. I would work and go back to my hotel and sit there, listening to the radio and thinking what the f am I doing here. I read blogs, the paper and listened to critics predict how I would fail here. I was "too young, inexperienced and didn't have what it takes to win in a major market". I was depressed and almost quit. One night after my show at like 1am I opened my email and saw an email from Kidd Kraddick. He was praising my show and said I was one of the "best nights jocks he has ever heard". I was shocked. Not only was he a legend then, but he was "competition" and I couldn't even believe he knew who I was. Much less actually listened to my show! That email kept me going. He didn't have to do that, to take the time to say those words. But he did and it changed my path for the better. Restored my faith in my own talents, career and motivated me to succeed. He didn't have to, but he did. That's what he did for so many. We became friends and obviously ended up working together for years now. He was instrumental in bringing me to Kiss in 2004 and I will always be thankful for what he has done for me. Forever.
I hope one day that I have done half the amount of things that Kidd did to help people, to make them smile, to give them hope. The world lost a great human being, but your legacy WILL live on. You will never be forgotten Kidd Kraddick. Thank you. #RIPKiddKraddick — feeling broken.
Billy the Kidd