Fans of the late David "Kidd" Kraddick will finally get their chance to mourn the radio icon in Dallas. Kraddick's public memorial service will be held Thursday, August 15 at AT&T Plaza, outside American Airlines Center. The service begins at 5:30 pm and will feature several live musical performances, including a concert by Ben Folds, one of Kraddick's favorite artists.
The entire service will be live-streamed online at KiddTV.com. A closed-circuit feed of the first ever Kidd's Kids benefit concert, which is at 7 pm August 15 at the House of Blues in Dallas, will blast the Jonas Brothers in AT&T Plaza.
"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," Kraddick’s daughter, Caroline, said in a statement. "This charity meant so much to him and it is such an honor to carry on his legacy,"
Kraddick died in New Orleans on July 27 of apparent cardiac disease. His morning show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning — broadcast in Dallas on KHKS 106.1 KISS-FM — reached millions of listeners across the country.
Friends and family attended a private funeral for Kraddick on August 2 at The Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Arlington. Kraddick's co-hosts Big Al, J-Si, Jenna and Kellie Rasberry resumed production on the live morning radio show August 5 after an outpouring of public support for them to do so.
An online petition to keep the remaining cast of Kidd Kraddick in the Morning has generated more than 51,000 signatures. The petition's authors — Alberto and Jessica Flores of Dallas — also created Kraddick's RIP page on Facebook, which has more than 260,000 fans.
Thursday's event, dubbed "Tribute to Kidd," is sponsored by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the City of Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, WFAA, Southwest Airlines and Ustream.