Kidd Kraddick, 53

Radio lost a great talent and a good guy Saturday when the Dallas-based syndicated personality died suddenly during a charity golf tournament in New Orleans.

Editor’s $0.02: I have a personal connection to the story: I was one of the people responsible for hiring an out-of-work night jock to do mornings at a Dallas Top 40 start-up; both the jock and the station have become the stuff of legend. I was on hand as this quick-witted, intelligent fellow graciously grew into a world-class celebrity; as time passed, he continued to greet me warmly at broadcasting functions and would even occasionally take my call.