The National Radio Hall of Fame announced inductees in several categories on Monday, and three of them have North Texas connections.
Kidd Kraddick, the long-running host of Kidd Kraddick in the Morning and the founder of the Kidd’s Kids charity, was one of four people inducted because of contributions to the industry. Kraddick, who died in 2013 at age 53, had been a fixture in DFW radio since 1984, when he came to North Texas to join KEGL/97.1 FM “The Eagle,” at the time a Top 40 station.
When the station changed formats in 1992, Kraddick, off the air but still under contract, asked to be released to accept an opportunity at the new KHKS/106.1 FM “KISS-FM.” There he developed the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show, which launched in 1993 and eventually became one of the top-rated shows in DFW. Kraddick’s castmastes Kelli Rasberry, Big Al Mack, Jose “J-Si” Chavez and Jenna Owens have continued with the show, now titled The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show and syndicated throughout the country.
Steve Harvey, whose The Steve Harvey Morning Show came to DFW in 2003, first on KBFB/97.9 FM “The Beat” and now on KRNB/105.7 FM, was inducted in the “Active Network/Syndication 10+ years” category.
Harvey’s radio show began in 2000 in Los Angeles, according to his bio. For a time, the then-Dallas resident’s show only aired in L.A. and Dallas, and he would alternate weeks broadcasting from the two cities. The show is now nationally syndicated. Harvey also hosts an annual Mentoring Camp for Young Men in Dallas (Fort Worth has also hosted the event).
Weatherford’s Bob Kingsley, best-known as the host of American Country Countdown and the current Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, was inducted in the “Music Format On-Air Personality” category. While some categories’ inductees were decided by a panel composed of 400 industry professionals, this category was voted on by the public. (Syndicated host Michael Savage, whose The Savage Nation show airs in DFW on KLIF/570 AM, was inducted in the “Spoken Word On-Air Personality” category, also voted on by the public.)
According to Country Aircheck, Kingsley is only the fourth country-radio personality among the 210 inductees in the hall, followed by Blair Garner, Ralph Emery and Gene Autry.
The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 17 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.
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