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It's about 10 a.m., and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning radio show is done for the day. But Kraddick isn't finished. He is taping a segment with an up-and-coming singer named Cady Groves, a 22-year-old who is so young-looking that she will probably still be getting carded when she is 50. Kraddick peppers Groves with questions, with occasional interjections from his compadres Kellie Rasberry, Big Al Mack and the rest of the radio show's cast. Groves regales them with funny, FCC-unfriendly stories about her foul-mouthed, much-married, Virginia Slims-smoking, slot machine-loving mother.
None of this is airing live on the radio, which is where Kraddick has made his mark as the No. 1 morning personality in DFW for years. It's being filmed at the Canalside Lounge, in the Kidd Kraddick Studios in Las Colinas. It will be seen on KiddNation.com, and KiddTV, where video of his show appears every day on the Web. You'll also find it on his Facebook fan page, which has more than 400,000 "likes" and on his Twitter feed (twitter.com/kiddkraddick), which is approaching 80,000 followers.
When it does air on the radio, it will be heard well beyond Dallas-Fort Worth. Kidd is syndicated in 70 markets and counting.
At a time when radio's reach is fading and the media landscape is constantly shifting and crumbling beneath his feet, Kraddick's voice seems stronger and more relevant than ever. Like any DJ, he has an almost pathological need to be heard. He has built an empire around it. And whether he's chatting up young celebrities like Selena Gomez or Bruno Mars, dishing on reality TV or talking about his personal stuff with his long-standing morning team, you can bet he's being heard -- on car radios during the hellish commute in Dallas or Grapevine, on office computers as cubicle dwellers try to jump-start their days or on cellphones in high-school parking lots.
"Going up against Kidd is like going up against the Yankees," says KLUV/98.7 FM's Jody Dean, who's been in the market even longer than Kraddick. "That lineup, that tradition, that consistency -- he is the big dog in the market, and he's earned it.... I think it's that he has that thing that you can't teach, that basic likability that comes through on the air, and people can sense it."
Sure, he's taken heat for being too sensitive and sentimental; and for being insensitive and too irreverent. He's been criticized for doing a syndicated show that isn't "local." And skeptics question how long a guy in his 50s can keep airing on a station that targets teen-agers and 20-somethings. But anybody who has listened to Kraddick over the years knows that he has that one essential quality. He knows how to connect, with teens and their parents; 20-somethings and 50-somethings.
What they might not know, however, is that Kraddick saw the sea changes in his industry coming long before others did -- and he adapted better than most.
"I've stuck around because I think that in at least a small way I'm fostering change," he says. "I had a hunch that radio would become more like TV and Internet. That the end-user would choose their entertainment based on the quality of the show and their passion for it, not how close it happens to be to their house."
Mack, the easygoing sidekick to Kraddick's pop-rocks personality for 16 years, says the Kidd has stayed in the picture by always being two steps ahead.
"Kidd told me about MySpace and was probably on MySpace before I even knew what MySpace was," says Mack. "He was on Facebook and Twitter and all those other things that he got us all to be a part of.... Now you can't go a day without hearing the word Facebook, or 'status update.' It's just a part of the fabric of our lives now, and he saw that."
The birth of a DJ
Of course, Twitter and Facebook, Pandora and Spotify were not even a germ of an idea in a techno-geek's head when a kid named Dave Cradick (long before his last name morphed to better match "Kidd") was making DJ tapes at his homemade station WJAN. He named it for the sister he adored.
"She won every contest, and every request was from her," says Kraddick, who grew up in the Tampa, Fla., area. "I'd make these tapes for her, and I feel bad for her now, because she had to listen to them in her car, and I'd be like, 'Did you play it for your friends?' I was so bad, talking in this DJ voice.
"I did that for a couple of years. I basically did like a three-hour shift every day, making these cassettes for her. I had a wicker basket filled with them."
It wasn't that long before Kraddick landed his first few gigs at stations in Tampa, Fresno, Salt Lake and Los Angeles. He even did some emceeing at comedy clubs in L.A., introducing the likes of Sam Kinison and Paul Reiser before they became stars.
But when Kraddick arrived here in 1984 for his first DFW job interview, he heard about another star. The cabdriver talked his ear off about radio legend Ron Chapman, and it was then that Kraddick realized how important it was to own a market.
Kraddick puts forth a nice-guy persona, but that doesn't mean he isn't competitive. He even sounds nice when he's talking about being competitive.
"I watched Chapman from afar for a long time, and then finally got the guts to call him up," Kraddick says. "He was the big dog. And he was so much older than me, I thought I could never walk up to him and have a conversation. And then I got to KISS and started seeing, 'Wow, he's kinda on the back end, and I've kinda got the momentum.' It was almost disrespectful to think about beating him, because I admired him so much."
Kraddick, so synonymous with morning radio now, actually began his DFW journey at night, doing the evening shift at KEGL/97.1 FM "The Eagle" when it was still a Top 40 station. He says he was never more popular than he was at night, and a current morning rival backs that up.
"A lot of people don't remember it now, but he really was a sensation back when the nighttime DJs were hosting what sounded like an online party," says KSCS/96.3 FM's Mark "Hawkeye" Louis, who says he listened to Kraddick in college and considers him a role model. "He just really set the tone at night, and that really established him in this market."
Kraddick says this is the only time he had what he calls "boy-band" popularity as a DJ. And he says it was an important step toward his becoming a morning personality.
"Nighttime has always been the training ground for mornings. Not afternoons, not middays," Kraddick says. "Because the younger audience, the teen audience has always been more tolerant of talk, if you're talking about things that they care about.... I went into a skating rink once in Sulphur Springs, and I was so mad because I had on my cool Miami Vice outfit, and they basically ripped my clothes off. I never looked much better than this. I never looked like a Jonas brother. But it didn't matter, because I connected with them somehow, and they thought of me as one of them."
But Kraddick wanted to talk more. He didn't know how much, but he wanted to talk more than the Eagle was letting him talk at night. So he used his ratings clout at the Eagle to move to afternoons, and then to mornings, where he could do more talking.
"You think of people's mindsets coming off of work, they've been talking all day, or being talked at all day -- and they want to decompress," he says. "Mornings are the opposite. Mornings are when people want human contact. It jump-starts you. I would never consider afternoons [again], unless it was a personal decision that things worked better for me. But I would never convince myself that it's a more compelling time to be on. If you want to make a connection with people, do it in the morning."
In 1992, the Eagle dropped its Top 40 format, played Hotel California nearly 700 times straight, and resurfaced as a hard-rock station. Kraddick found himself off the air for eight months before landing the morning gig at KISS, then a fledgling Top 40 station.
"I was under contract with the Eagle for another two years," Kraddick says. "A really good contract that paid me a lot of money. And KISS didn't have any money. And I wanted that job so bad that I told the Eagle to tear up that contract. I basically took a two-thirds pay cut. Instead of sitting at home and getting paid, I decided to go work and make one-third of what I would make sitting at home. It's the best decision I ever made."
Cast of characters
Like many high-energy on-air personalities, Kraddick stands throughout his show, running a control board while producer Shanon Murphy (who has been with the show since she was a 17-year-old intern) quietly keeps things in order. When Kraddick says he has ADD, he is not saying it casually -- he takes Aderall, which he says helps him focus, but he credits his executive producer, Robert Ehrman, with keeping him on track.
"I don't know if you noticed, but I have a timer up above me [in the studio], and I've got IM going on down here," Kraddick says. "For an ADD guy, it's like a pinball machine. I'll start a thought, and it frustrates people. I was a Ritalin kid. I was ADD when ADD wasn't cool. I actually went off meds for a long, long time, and I kinda needed 'em again. They've enhanced my life, they've made me more focused."
Rasberry, Kraddick's longtime foil and "on-air wife," has a separate but adjacent booth to Kidd's, decorated with pictures of her young daughter, Emma Kelly. On the outside of the control board, mikes and computer screens handy, sits longtime sidekick Big Al Mack and younger cast members Jenna Owens (the most recent addition, and she's been there three years) and Jose "J-Si" Chavez.
Rasberry sums up the cast in one paragraph:
"Al's just like a kind of go-with-the-flow kind of guy," she says. "Nothing sticks. He doesn't hold a grudge against anyone. J-Si's like a fifth-grader with that mentality, that sense of humor. Jenna is very stylish, young, hip and trendy. I could probably pull a little bit of that from her.... The danger with Jenna, when she first came on the show, was she was just as sarcastic as I was. If you have a room full of sarcastic people, especially two women, the only women on the show, there's gotta be some balance there. She had to kind of find her place, and I had to adjust my position, too."
Although the show occasionally flirts with the risqué, Kraddick's goal has been to keep it family-friendly. It's not a raucous, shock-value morning show; Kraddick wants listeners to think of the cast as friends, and like friends might do, they talk a lot about their personal lives.
Kraddick used to talk often about his daughter, Caroline, including her in a recurring feature called "Bath Time With Caroline." But when she grew up -- she's 21 -- he had to learn when and where to draw the line.
"[She] loved it," Kraddick says. "Loved it loved it loved it -- hated it. It was just natural to talk about her daily, and it went from being a badge of honor for her to a curse. And I figured it out, eventually. I mean, I did 'Bath Time With Caroline' for years, and she was a star of the show. So to give it up was hard."
As much as Kraddick has been willing to change and adapt to advancing technology (and his daughter's wishes), he also knows what not to change about his show.
He has been with Rasberry and Mack for more than a decade, but keeps the show youthful with personalities such as Chavez and Owens, who are in their 20s. "My philosophy has always been to put five or six really diverse people in a room," he says. "People that probably would not be friends in any other walk of life. And just let them talk, because that creates conflict, because when you have diversity, there's going to be conflict, and with conflict comes resolution. If you're naturally funny, which I look for in each person that we have, that solution will come in a humorous way, and I just let that happen and hit the commercial. That's about as simple as I can put it."
But even the cast can't quite explain why the show works. Rasberry says she believes it is because listeners can perceive the cast is real, if a little magnified.
Like reality TV, except on radio.
"[Reality TV stars] are like our kindred spirits, because they're a group of people with no discernible talent getting together, and people actually watch them," Kraddick says. "That's what we do. That's what I do every day. A group of untalented people -- I'm being facetious, but reality TV and morning radio are really similar. We all look for those situations in our personal lives that other people can relate to, and we exploit 'em. That's exactly what we do."
Chavez, a relative newcomer, says he didn't know how big Kraddick was when he first started working with him, and when he realized it, he began to feel intimidated. But it didn't last long.
"It kind of felt like the first day of high school; you come in, you're the new kid, you're gonna make friends, and it's one of those things that if you blend together correctly, it's gonna work out, and if you don't, then you gotta go," he says. "And with them, it works."
Being part of a work family that talks about its life on the radio has meant talking about some hard stuff as well. Neither Kraddick nor Rasberry talked about their divorces much, but they have talked about their dating lives. (Rasberry says she can tell when a guy's in it just to hear his name on the radio.) Mack's father is on dialysis. Murphy recently lost a beloved young nephew in a drowning accident.
"The privilege of working with the same people for so long comes with ... being there when they go through very hard times," Kraddick says. "I mean, we've kind of been through it. No more so than anybody else, probably, but our job's to talk about this stuff, so we've got to be on top of our feelings."
Youthful, not young
Kraddick and his show have been around so long that The Kidd is not a kid anymore.
There are constant reminders.
"I had this really cute girl come up to me at a golf tournament banquet or something," Kraddick says. "I caught her out of the corner of my eye; I could tell that she was about to approach me. And I was with a couple of the guys, and they were like, 'Wow, she's really cute.' And I said, 'Yeah, that's our fan base, that's our listeners!' And she came up and said; 'My mom is dying to meet you. Can I take you over to meet my mom?'"
Dean says Kraddick's cross-generational appeal is part of why he is such a formidable presence on morning radio here.
"He has a way of connecting with kids and their moms that you just don't see very often," Dean says. "Plus he's got that voice. For crying out lout, I'm the same age as he is, and you don't hear anybody calling me 'Kidd.' Kidd sounds youthful. He sounds young. He sounds energetic. He is. Forget the calendar; he is young and energetic, and he thinks young."
Kraddick -- who was given the "Kidd" nickname long ago by a program director at a station where a teen-age Kraddick was the youngest personality -- says that when he talks about a reality-TV star, he's genuinely interested in them, whether it is Kim Kardashian's marriage (and divorce) or Bravo's Rachel Zoe and her latest fashions.
"It's just how I am," he says. "I get asked pretty routinely, 'How do you win [ratings among] 18-24 females? How do you do that?' It's not anything calculated. I grew up in Florida, in an area where there's a real premium on youthfulness, on being young and acting young. It kinda comes naturally to me. Maybe I have some sort of retarded growth or something, but I like watching the Kardashians. I like things that are hip and cool. I love talking about the stuff I'm talking about."
Radio ratings across the board aren't what they used to be even 10 years ago, with all the increased competition from iTunes, websites such as Pandora and Spotify, and satellite radio. But Chavez says that the conventional wisdom that young people don't listen to traditional radio is just wrong.
"Just from going out to the 'younger' part of town, which is Dallas Uptown, I'd say the majority of the female listeners that come up to us are in their 20s or early 30s. I would say that young people do listen to the radio, and the kids in high school that we get e-mails from that say: 'We listen to the show on the way to school. And then we listen on our phones,' because they can now have phones somehow in school. There's people from 12 years old to 40 years old listening. Some people like their CDs, some people like their iPods. It just depends on if you want to be part of a family, because that's what this is."
Many DFW morning shows (not to mention entire stations) have come and gone since Kraddick made his KISS debut, but Kraddick says staying in the same place is important to keeping his audience. And he's had to resist attempts to change his show, or to move it to another station that targets an older demographic.
"It's really rare for radio," Kraddick says, "because usually someone will try to stick their fingers in the pot, doing back-seat driving on ratings that just came out and knee-jerking and saying, 'Oh, it's because this person's too old, or this person is not into it anymore,'" Kraddick says. "People in the past have come after some of my people. Or come after me and said, 'You've gotta get rid of this person or get rid of that person.' And to me, it's like a comfortable pair of shoes. They might not be as brand-new as they once were, but you love them, and if you don't have them, it's gonna be weird."
Independent by design
But then, unlike a lot of people in radio, Kraddick has designed things so that he doesn't have to listen when people try to tell him what to do.
In 2001, Kraddick took his show into syndication. Although it has aired on KISS-FM since 1993, it has been independent of the station since 2001, with its own studio in Las Colinas while the rest of KISS-FM airs out of the Clear Channel studios off Dallas North Tollway near the Galleria. Because the show is national, he says, it has some natural advantages.
"We are able to book bigger guests, have much larger contests and an overall budget that allows us to do things that local shows can't," he says. "It also enables us to retain our people, who because of our larger budgets, don't have to move to another city to make more money or move up the ladder."
Kraddick hasn't turned his back on KISS; in fact, he says the station (which has consistently been either No. 1 or close to the top for more than a decade) is responsible for a lot of his continued success. KISS' program director, Patrick Davis, used to work for Kraddick.
"I think it's symbiotic," Kraddick says. "They help us by being so strong after 10 a.m. Because we're not the type of show where everybody goes: 'Oh my God! Did you hear what they said this morning!?... So we depend on the stations to bring us that audience and have the radio set to that station at night, so that they wake up with us. That's a huge advantage."
By "stations," Kraddick is talking about the 70-plus stations his show airs on nationwide. He hasn't cracked top markets like New York or Chicago, but he's based in the No. 5 radio market in the country. He believes that going into syndication has helped him stick around.
"I kinda saw the writing on the wall ... that [syndication] was going to be the only path to survival," he says. "Because when one company can own multiple stations in a market, then there aren't that many employers. [KISS' owner, Clear Channel, owns five other DFW stations.] There's only two or three employers, even in a big city.... So as a personality, I just had an expectation that the pay scale was going to go way, way down. Because there's no competition in the marketplace. So the only way I could survive was to offer an inexpensive solution to other stations, less expensive and give them a relevant live morning show."
Many longtime radio fans lament how radio has become less "local." There's not only competition from outside forces, but even in a large market such as DFW, stations use voice-tracking and shows packaged for national distribution such as Ryan Seacrest's show that airs on KDMX/102.9 FM "The Mix" or Nikki Sixx's nighttime show that airs on the Eagle.
"A lot of my friends resisted that and didn't want to do what they thought was bastardizing their show and taking away the locality of their show," he says. "I've never had this thought that radio has to be local. In fact, my most memorable radio moments as a kid were ... lying in my bed with a radio that had a good antenna that I could listen to WLS in Chicago when I lived in Florida. So radio to me was never about being local. It's about being compelling and being interesting. So that's what I've always gone for."
KSCS' Louis says he doesn't think it matters for another reason.
"His show is designed so that there are parts where he can talk about stuff locally, so I don't think regular listeners realize that he is syndicated," Louis says. "I think it was a great move by him to do that. There was a huge financial risk. He basically started his own company. Instead of getting a regular paycheck, he started his own company. Most people in Dallas-Fort Worth don't realize how many markets Kraddick is in."
Kraddick declines to disclose how much he makes but says that because he's a small-business owner, it can be arbitrary. But even there, he has control.
"I decide how much it is, depending on our cash flow and how well the business is doing," he says. "As any small-business owner can tell you, it can fluctuate pretty wildly."
Kraddick calls the show a "boutique," saying that the number of stations it is on really isn't huge. But he did expect it to become bigger faster, and he's surprised he isn't on in more major markets. But then, he won't take just any time slot just to be on a new station. Kraddick has also resisted attempts to have the show moved to a less youth-driven format in DFW.
"Random consultants over time have said, 'If you moved him to [adult-contemporary station] Mix, then you could put a younger show on KISS, and you could get both [demographics],'" he says. "I think that's a little bit greedy. I've never assumed people will follow me to another station. I hope they would, but why tempt fate?"
Despite Kraddick's talk about the importance of "local" being overrated on radio, he does want to stay true to DFW.
"This is the town that made me, and I will always have a local presence here, and I will always tell people: 'This is my home. This is where we live,'" Kraddick says. "On the network, people in Missoula, Mont., don't want to hear me go on and on about how great Dallas is, but we're now able to separate some of the content, so sometimes you'll hear things on KISS that you're not hearing on the rest of the network, such as talking about the Rangers winning a playoff series and those things that people locally really care about."
But there are reports that local radio might become even less local, especially on Clear Channel stations. Inside Music Media reported Oct. 27 that the previous day, Clear Channel had made more than 200 cuts nationwide, and more are expected. Chicago-based media reporter Robert Feder quoted Inside Music Media's Jerry Del Colliano as saying that, at its most drastic, Clear Channel could see the elimination of all program directors and become a company "operated by robotics with nothing local, little live and everything cheap."
Because Kraddick owns his show and provides content to other markets, he might be able to dodge cutbacks, even if KISS suffers them. But he's aware that his show comes with an expiration date, even if it's not on the horizon just yet.
"I always said that I didn't want to be a 45-year-old DJ, and I zoomed past that," he says. "I still love doing it. But the audience will tell me when it's time. I may tell them before they tell me. That's the hope. You want to leave when you still have some shred of value. I've been lucky because I've been compensated pretty well, and I could go away at any moment. If I get the impression that that's what they want me to do, I'll do it. What I'll do with myself, I have no idea."
Mark Wahlberg is continuing to walk back his recent comments about September 11, saying he made a mistake but attempting to put it in some context.
In the latest issue of Men’s Journal, the actor said that he would have handled things differently had he been on one of the planes downed by terrorists.
Wahlberg’s 9/11 comments were widely criticized and he quickly apologized. Speaking to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning on Friday, he explained it as such:
“I would never disrespect the victims of 9/11 or their families. It was misunderstood. My only intention was to explain that I would do anything to protect my family – I would put myself in harms way to protect my family or innocent people.”
“That was it. First and foremost, I am not speaking as an actor.”
“I am a real guy from the streets and I’ve been in a lot of situations, so I was very out of line and I wasn’t thinking about the real heroes and the guys, women, children, fathers, sons, daughters who were on those flights.”
This came up because Wahlberg was initially booked on one of the flights hijacked out of Boston on 9/11/01, before serendipitously moving his flight.
“If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did,” he told the magazine. “There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’”
His comments greatly offended some victims of 9/11.
“People are much more vigilant now than they were on 9/11,” Mary Shetchet, a spokesperson for the support group Voices Of 9/11, explained.
“10 years later it easy to say you would have responded differently.”
Nicole Scherzinger 'Very Hurt' Over X Factor USA Job Claim
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X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger has revealed that she is "very hurt" over the claims that she was always going to be a judge on the show and that Cheryl Cole, whom she replaced, was just being used for publicity.
Blasting her ex-manager who recently insisted that the former Pussycat Doll was always a "front runner" for the judges job, DigitalSpy reports the star saying on radio show, Kidd Kraddick in the Morning: "I was very hurt by that (claim) because that was my ex-manager who said that.
"It unfortunately goes to show how much he doesn't know because the people at Freemantle and all the powers that be have no idea who he is because he wasn't involved."
She added: "Cheryl's a lovely girl and she's going to make the best decisions for her. She's going to be great."
What do you think?
Kidd Kraddick is sitting in an Oak Lawn diner, having breakfast after a busy early October morning that was driven by the most important Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Show event of the year: Kidd's Kids Day.
This is the day when KKITM asks listeners to pledge money to the charity that provides chronically and terminally ill children with a November trip to Disney World.
"This is the one day I get to put on my big-boy pants and not be a fool," Kraddick says. "Not to just get in there and try to make 'em laugh at all costs."
Kraddick founded the charity in 1991, inspired by a news story about a woman whose car had been stolen but who was far more concerned about her 7-year-old daughter's wheelchair, which was in the car. The girl had cerebral palsy and the chair was her only way of being mobile. He told the story to listeners, who by the end of the show donated enough money to buy the girl a new wheelchair.
But there was a personal side for Kraddick, as well. Before his daughter, Caroline, was born in 1990, doctors told Kraddick and his then-wife, Carol, that their baby could be born with a twisted femur, leaving her unable to walk. Kraddick prayed that she would be born healthy, striking a deal with God that if she was, he would use his radio show to help other kids. Caroline, who was born healthy, is in college studying musical theater.
The charity has grown from a bus ride that took five kids to Sea World in San Antonio to one that flies as many as 60 children and their families on a five-day trip highlighted by the Disney World visit.
As part of Kidd's Kids Day this year, Kraddick and other show members appeared on WFAA/Channel 8's Good Morning Texas along with many Kidd's Kids and family members. After the segment was over, Kraddick spent time visiting with several of the children. One is a young man named Marcos, who has cystic fibrosis. Kraddick hadn't seen him three years.
"Seeing how his disease has progressed kind of rocked my world a little bit," Kraddick says. "It made me feel bad that I haven't spent more time with him. He lives in Cedar Hill. It's just unforgivable that I haven't reached out to him."
But there's also a 25-year-old woman named Megan, a former Kidd's Kidd who arrives at the show to tell Kraddick and Kellie Rasberry that she's getting married.
"You know, when you take in 50 a year, sometimes 60, you're not going to make a connection with all of them, but I really did with her," Kraddick says. "I'm not sure that she would qualify for the trip if it were today, and she were in the same condition she was in back then. She had mild cerebral palsy. But she's such a communicator that she did more to bridge this thing for the listener than I did."
This year's Kidd's Kids trip will be Nov. 17-21. For information on how to nominate someone for next year's trip, visit www.kiddskids.com.
The "5" refers to the five biggest stories out of Hollywood, and the show hosted by Kraddick and Hyla was already on the syndication menu at Cumulus Media (the former Citadel Media). The long-form program will be added throughout the fourth quarter by both CHR and hot AC stations owned by Cumulus, for an eventual total of 40. Kraddick is involved through his "Yea! Network", which is also the vehicle for which he does his weekday syndicated morning show based at Clear Channel's "Kiss" KHKS in Dallas (106.1). Kidd says “the passion level for Hollywood gossip has never been higher, and it’s great to see my little show get this kind of exposure.” The Hollywood 5 site is here.
If father – or in this case stepfather – really does know best, maybe Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Reggie Bush should listen to Bruce Jenner as they work through their relationship troubles.
"It's two very successful people, and it's not easy," Jenner, 60. told the radio show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning about his stepdaughter and her NFL star beau. "I hope for the best … I love Reggie. Reggie's a great guy. I love Kim. She's just a super sweet, great human being."
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Kardashian, 29, and New Orleans Saints runningback Bush, 25, recently decided to step back from their relationship, in part because Bush has been struggling with Kardashian's demanding schedule.
On whether the on-again, off-again pair would stay together, Jenner – who along with Kardashian, his wife Kris and his other children and stepchildren star in the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians – said, "I try not to pry into what they're doing. I really haven't talked to her about this … who knows what's going to happen."
Kim Kardashian‘s brother has doubts whether she will actually marry Kris Humphries.
The reality TV star and the basketball player announced their engagement earlier this week and while Kim has started planning her nuptials, Rob Kardashian isn’t convinced the wedding will happen.
He told radio station Kidd Kraddick and Hyla on the Hollywood 5: “I just don’t feel confident because Kim has always been so like, you know, she’s, how old?
“She’s just been through a lot of relationships and she always gets hurt or never finds the right dude, but Kris is a really good dude.”
However, Rob believes if 30-year-old Kim is going to make it with anyone, it will be Kris.
He said: “They’ve had their own personal, private relationship a long time now and I feel like they are a really good match for each other.”
He also revealed how the family thought Kim and Kris – who have been dating for six months – were joking when they first told everyone about the engagement.
He said: “We were having a family dinner and we didn’t know what it was for, we just thought everyone was in town, we were at my mom’s. She had a ring on and we didn’t know what it was for, and we didn’t believe her and we thought it was a joke, no one really, like, did anything, and it was like, oh wait, then it got crazy and there were ponies, it was really bizarre!
“Congrats to her, it was pretty shocking in my mind.”
The holidays are about family, friends and helping those in need.
Social studies students at Long Middle School have recently been collecting money in hopes to donate it to a good cause to help a child in need. Bart Van Bemmel, teacher at Long Middle School, said after showing students multiple foundations across the area, students decided they wanted to donate their money to Kidd's Kids.
"We started encouraging our students to have pride in their school, and it grew from there," he said.
"Students wanted to get involved in a charity, and after showing them a handful of different charities they decided to help Kidd's Kids."
Kidd's Kid is a 501c nonprofit organization that began in 1991 by radio deejay Kidd Kraddick with the hopes of making a difference in the lives of terminally ill or physically challenged children. Each year, Kraddick and his morning show sponsor approximately 40 to 50 children and their families on an all expenses-paid trip to Disney World.
Classes at the middle school began having "change wars" were students could donate money into a total amount that would eventually be donated to Kidd's Kids. Kristen Nelson, teacher at Long Middle School, said her students really got into the spirit and are looking forward to donating the money.
"When we showed our students a video from a previous Kidd's Kids trip they were immediately hooked and wanted to donate the money they earned to them," she said. "As a reward for our students we said the class that collected the most money would get a pizza party. The local Little Caesars Pizza located on Frankford and Old Denton was inspired by what the students were doing and donated pizzas to us."
Van Bemmel and Nelson said the students were able to raise $405 for Kidd's Kids; however, the school is having a hard time getting in contact with the man himself.
"Our students wanted to tell Kidd Kraddick himself of what they have accomplished," Van Bemmel said.
"A majority of our students come from low income families and cannot afford to go to Disney World themselves but they wanted to help someone else. It makes your heart swell with happiness, so they wanted to tell Kidd personally."
Both teachers have tried to call in to the radio station and various outlets to get a hold of Kraddick and his morning show team but have been unsuccessful so far. Even so, Joe Copeland, principal at Long Middle School, said he cannot be more proud of his students.
"Every day I am blown away by what these students can do," he said. "Reach one. Teach one. That is what it is all about. It is more than being proud or happy; to help someone who is less fortunate than you is truly special."
Van Bemmel said his students are already looking forward to the next charity. "Our students are very interested in helping the animals in Carrollton," he said. "They are the ones to motivate us. To see their faces light up and take pride in helping others is just one of the many good things happening here at the school."
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