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The daily morning commute will soon change for many radio listeners in the Baton Rouge market.
"So shocking, I mean surprised so young," said Baton Rouge resident Stephen Folk.
Folk and Charles Curithers react to the news that radio personality Kidd Kraddick is dead at the age of 53.
"It was an enjoyable show, I'd put it on and it would be comfortable, the way they would joke together and make me laugh in the morning," said Folk.
"It wasn't your typical radio show it was like a whole bunch of friends sitting around talking to each other," added Curithers.
Bob Murphy is the operations manager at Clear Channel and says despite being based in Dallas Kraddick made the Baton Rouge area a priority.
"I think most people that didn't know better would think Kidd was based here because he had been here for a generation of radio listening, since 2001 WFMF was his first affiliate, he was in town quite frequently in those early days of syndication, you could see him next door at a coffee house just like your best friend," said Murphy.
Murphy adds that friendly persona also translated to the real world where Kraddick hosted various fund raising events for charities which often benefited residents in Baton Rouge.
"He would hold different charity events in different cities just like we would do here to raise money and have children from the area being nominated to go to Disney World," said Murphy.
Kraddick's unexpected death leaves many of his radio show listeners understandably saddened and wondering what if anything is next for the show he helped create.
"What's going to happen to the show? Who's going to take over and if they are going to keep it going?" asked Folk. "I don't know what to expect."
Kraddick's other cast members, Kelly Rasberry, Big Al, J-SI and Jenna will host a tribute show Monday morning. They will be live beginning at 7 a.m. on WFMF.